Originally Posted by darkleafar
Well it seems like There is something I am not understanding fully..why do you insiston using toslink cables? why not HDMI? Also, the Onkyo unit you showed me looks very nice and shiny, but for me is kinda overkill. Why? because I personally would not pay the extra money for a receiver that decodes all HD audio when I can simply get a cheaper receiver that accepts LPCM and does not decode HD audio since my PS3 can do it just fine, but it is just a matter of preference. The blu ray player you are looking to get and the one you do have decodes all formats on board, right? am a little confused as to why you dont simply use one HDMI cable that would allow to switch sources without having to get up rather than getting up top switching toslink cables every time you need a different source..you know what i mean?
I don't know. Meaning this stuff is so complex, it drives me nuts at times.
Well the Panasonic HTIB, has zero HDMI inputs, but the Panasonic TV 800U has 4 HDMI inputs, with only ONE toslink "out" that will pass 5.1 etc from ONLY the OTA TV Tuner.
The Sony HD recorder used with all our HD OTA stations will only output 5.1 sound via toslink (just like the Plasma 800U), even though it feeds the signal to the Plasma with the HDMI cable, it only passes plain sound to the TV (not 5.1).
I also have an older Sony DVD player, and the only way to get 5.1 out of that box is with the toslink "out" connection on the back.
So the only way I can get 5.1 sound out of those "three" boxes is with the toslink.
So there I am, up the creak without a paddle.
In my mind, why do I need HDMI, particularly with all the inputs on the back of the TV; but I do want the 5.1 sound out of everybox I have.
Please tell me there is an easier way? I am very slow at this stuff.