I've been modernizing my three-year-old basement theater, one step at a time, and since my Blu-Ray player (a Samsung BD-P1500) will output DTS audio only via HDMI, I bought a new receiver (a Yamaha HTR-6140, same as RX-V463) with a couple of HDMI inputs to replace an older Onkyo 5.1 system that lacked HDMI in. It sounds pretty good to my ears, but the problem is, my projector (an Optoma H31) doesn't have an HDMI-in either, but does offer DVI-in, in addition to component inputs. I had been connecting the Samsung's HDMI out to the Optoma's DVI in, and the picture was really pretty good for 480p. But with the Samsung's HDMI-out now going to the Yamaha HDMI-in, there appears to be no way to route video out the Yamaha -- as soon as I connect my HDMI/DVI cable from the Yamaha's HDMI out to the Optoma's DVI in, I've got a nice picture but all the sound is gone. I can get the sound out of the Samsung and into the Yamaha via an optical cable, but then I'm back to two-channel audio.
So it appears that if I want DTS, etc., I've got to go HDMI -- but then getting the Samsung video to the Optoma Projector has to be done by the component video connections, which is how I've got it set up now. That works -- but I don't think the picture I'm seeing on the Optoma, with the video connected via the component ins, is as good as it was when I had the Samsung connected via HDMI/DVI. And the issue is complicated further because I've also got a Dish VIP722 to connect somewhere.
The obvious answer is to replace the Optoma H31 with a new 720 or 1080p projector that has a real HDMI-in that can utilize the Yamaha's HDMI-out. But I'm not quite ready to do that. Assuming I don't replace the projector tomorrow, does anybody know:
1. Would an HDMI splitter that routes one HDMI signal to two places (Monoprice sells them starting at $30) solve my problem? I'd then route the Blu-Ray HDMI out the Yamaha HDMI in for audio, and separately (via the splitter) to the Optoma's DVI in. Or would the fact that the Blu-Ray's HDMI out is connected to DVI, even via a splitter, still kill the HDMI audio on the Yamaha.
2. Do all AV receivers deal with HDMI as the Yamaha does -- killing the HDMI audio if anything other than a true HDMI monitor is connected to its HDMI video out -- and not permitting the use of the receiver's other video outs (Component, etc.) with HDMI audio coming in?
3. Is there any other solution to these limitations that I haven't thought of?