Originally Posted by antoine62
Quick question for all of you experienced receiver folks.
I currently have a HTIB and am looking to upgrade to a receiver when I purchase a blu-ray player later this year. With my proposed setup, I could have up to 6 components going to the receiver (Cable Box, Blu-Ray, 3 game consoles, and an Apple TV). However, from the looks of the back panels, it appears that the 820 can only handle 4 HD signals (the component jacks seem to match the HDMI jacks) while the 920 looks like it can handle 2-3 more (the component jacks say they are assignable).
Is this correct? Should I save the extra money for the 920 so that i would be able to hook everything up without the need for an additional switcher?
Originally Posted by samsurd2
You can connect different sources to different inputs with the same name. For example, you could connect a Blu-ray player to an HDMI input and a progressive scan SD DVD player to the component video input (and corresponding digital audio connection) with the same name. If the power to the Blu-ray player is ON, the receiver will give the HDMI input priority. If the power to the Blu-ray player is OFF and power is on to the SD DVD player, the receiver will give the DVD player's component video/digital audio input priority. IOW, you've got a whole lot more than four usable inputs.
I've been using "more inputs than I should be able to get away with" for years using what samsurd2 mentioned and via external HDMI, component video and optical switchers. I hope the Sony 920 works as samsurd2 mentioned like Denon and Onkyo receivers I've used. It will make things easier overall.
Unless something changes between now and June, I'm using my tax stimulus check to purchase a 920 (and another $100 for the ipod dock). For me, the key features are: price, four (4) HDMI 1.3 (although technically I don't really need it right this minute), Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio (again don't need it just yet) and iPod on-screen support. Much has changed for me in the past few years with A/V gear. With the 920, I will finally be able to get away from ALL external switchers (HDMI and Optical) currently. I will not have to use ANY digital audio inputs (optical or coaxial; current Denon is nearly maxed out). I'll keep my current HDMI 1.3a matrix switcher for its dual output but will not have to use it to switch anything. No S-Video or composite video components are left for me now. I will have to use 2 of the 3 component video inputs (and analog audio) for the Wii and a CAVS karaoke player both at 480p but the 920 should output them and everything over HDMI at 1080p so it's all good (still one OUTPUT cable to the HDTV: not counting the optical out from the HDTV to the receiver of course). To output to my second display, I'll still have to switch over to 1080i (until I can upgrade it to 1080p as well). I worry about the HDMI audio though with the second display having only 2.0: could run into issues there.
All of the receivers I really, really want that are like the ones I've purchased before are getting way to expensive for my needs and room size. Anything over 100w per channel more than enough for my room. Sure I could save and get a $1200 to $1600 receiver more like I want but I'd rather put that money to use elsewhere and be without additional cost features I will never use anyway (things like usb and ethernet connections that support WMA, MP3, etc. when I have an iPod and just need a dock, expanded XM and Sirus radio support when I don't even listen to FM/AM, etc., etc.)
Hopefully a user manual will be available sooner than later. Until then, here is how I plan to connect my gear: