For the holidays I received a HK HTIB, including the above receiver. It lists on the box that it is a 7.1 receiver, but I'm wondering how to get the full 7.1 capability out of it. I currently have a Samsung upconverting DVD player, a 360, SA 8300 cable box, and Mits 57831.
Initially I had everything connected to the TV via analog audio, save the DVD player which was connected via HDMI. I then connected the TV via analog audio outputs to the receiver. Unfortunately, on the receiver, this method did not appear to send information to each speaker individually. Sound did come out of all speakers...but it didn't seem like the receiver was recognizing 7 channels of audio.
Then I tried connecting the TV to the receiver using the provided coaxial digital cable, but I ran into the same situation. Even using the DVD player, which is connected via HDMI, I couldn't get all the spekars to light up on the receiver. When I set the DVD audio output to bitrate I would get no sound at all, and the screen would state that HDMI audio is not supported.
I am vaguely aware of the fact that an optical audio capable only would support up to 5.1 sound. My question is, since the receiver does not have an HDMI input, how do I achieve full 7.1 sound? Is my television not appropriately passing digital audio through? Should I connect each device directly to the receiver? Is 7.1 sound possible through analog connections with this receiver?
Thanks in advance for any help! As you can probably tell I'm really lost.