Originally Posted by rodaurora
I basically agree. Here's my setup.
For basic sound sources like news, etc., I just use the 151's speakers, as I occasionally do for late-night viewing. For all other content (and times), including HDTV and, of course, BD, I use the full 5.1 system. That consists of:
- Latest Motorola STB with HDMI direct to 151; optical audio to Yamaha RX-V1600 AVR for DD 5.1.
- Pio 51D BD with HDMI direct to 151; 6 analog audio cables to AVR. This way the BD player sorts the standard DD 5.1 from the high end HD audio and sends the correct format to the AVR.
- Def Tech 5.1 system: 1's up front, with large center and Gems in rear, and Supercube 2 sub. Very nice. I can't play it too loud, however, since I'm in a highrise concrete and brick apartment, but on the top floor, so no one above (obviously), and the people below me have 2 satellite dishes on their balcony, so they're used to AV (I'm guessing) and, in any case, haven't ever complained. Also, one side of me is partially a staircase. So, all in all, near the best H/T situation for an apartment. But I will say this: I have my universal remote constantly at the ready so when the sounds suddenly swoops up, I immediately lower the sound and then raise it again. Sure, it's a PITA, but keeps me outta trouble.
Speaking of remotes, I have a professionally programmed URC MX-980, which I greatly love - and it's beautiful, too. (I don't have the "K,S,A" to do it myself.) It makes it a cinch to either use the TV alone, or with the full sound system, among other variations.
Some have said they only "fire up" their AVR system for BD/DVD. But many (all?) HDTV shows have good DD 5.1, which would make good use of the full 5.1 system.
Listening to The Dark Night BD, first in DD 5.1 before I had the 6 cables hooked up sounded great to me. Honestly, however, listening to the high-end audio also sounded great (natch!), but since I can't listen to them side-by-side (and wouldn't care to anyway), I'm hard pressed to tell the difference. (Audio memory is as fleeting as catching onto to a rainbow.)