Over the years I have gotten a wealth of knowledge from this forum regarding TV's, Blu-Ray, Speakers, Receivers, etc..... Thanks! Typically I can search around and find my answers. But, I have a few specific questions and would like to post them all in one thread. Let me give you an idea of what I have. Last week I purchased the Onkyo TX-NR515. I have a bunch of HDMI outputs and really wanted to upgrade for 2 reasons - 7.1 surround sound and Tru HD audio on Blu Ray. Here is my current setup.
Receiver - Onkyo TX-NR515
L & R Mains - JBL Venue Stadiums 8-Inch 3-Way Speakers
Center - Polk RM 5000 ( I am going to upgrade to JBL studio 120c this week or next - Seems to be the best matching center for the $$$)
Surround Rear - Polk RM 5000 (looking to upgrade this in spring to JBL's)
Surround High - Polk Audio Atrium indoor / outdoor speakers (mounted in ceiling)
Subwoofer - Accoustic Research S112PS ( I have been pretty happy with this garage sale find!)
TV - 60" Panasonic ST30 Plasma
ok.... so below are some of my questions.
Should I run HDMI from my dishnetwork satelitte box into the receiver? I was thinking of just running optical from the receiver and letting the TV do the upscaling. I assume my TV could do that better than the Onkyo? Also, I dont like the fact that I must have the surround sound on all the time to watch TV.
So.... is there an advantage to running HDMI over optical for satellite, other than not have to switch inputs at the TV? I planned on keeping HDMI hooked up through the receiver for Blu-Ray as I believe thats the only way to get tru hd audio.
Also, What exactly is HDMI pass through? Does this feature allow you to pass audio signal via HDMI but allow the TV to do the upscaling?