Hello to All!
What I want to do...(the back story)
I have a new Yamaha RX-V665 AVR. I have a HDTV Display on the wall with one HDMI in the wall and will be connected to my Receiver, then Time-Warner DVR and Bluray via HDMI into receiver,then CD/DVD prog.scan for playing Mp3's using component cables and VCR composite cables into the receiver. I had issues which confused me on whether I wanted a choice on listening to ONLY the TV speakers,or the receiver for movies,BD, etc. Lot of people wrote me telling me I would need this and that, like a TOS optical cable from TV to receiver,or even running all the individual HDMI cables from TV to each of the components.
Consensus? If your going to have a surround system,why not use it all the time? I just would like to know what options I have at this point, since the TV is already on the wall, with one HDMI (in wall) out to the receiver.
I received this the other day...
I had asked, "Any issues connecting this Yamaha RX-V665 to a 6.1 speaker setup by only running one HDMI from the Display to the receiver???"
There shouldn't be any problem with this.
No need to complicate matters. Because you have the latest in receiver technology, Yamaha RX-V665, you need not run any more cables to the back of the TV other than the HDMI that's already there in the wall. The Yamaha, when properly set up will pass audio to the TV via its HDMI output, and still utilize any audio bitsteam for the surround system. (See page 54 where you choose "AMP+TV" for the HDMI audio configuration.) In order to use the TV speakers only, you will have to power up the Yamaha (otherwise the HDMI output would be dead), but at that point you would mute the receiver and turn up the TV's speakers.
I asked, "Now, with this receiver, I'm thinking all I have to do is keep the one HDMI from Display to the AVR, and then all the other components into the AVR. In doing this, will I still get 6.1 from the display via the receiver?"
answer - You're not getting anything from the display; you're only sending video and stereo audio to the display. Otherwise, the answer to your question is yes!
I was told this…
"Put simply, if you run an HDMI from your display to the receiver you will only get 2.1 audio (some sort of restriction due to copyright laws) IS THIS TRUE?
Horsepucky. First of all, the wording implies that there's an HDMI output on the TV, which there most certainly is not. Yes the TV and all the other HDMI devices in your system must be HDCP (High Definition Copy Protection) compliant, which they are. But it isn't the TV that deals with the surround sound.
"You must pass all audio through the receiver first in order to get all the audio formats in proper 7.1."
"If you want to sometimes just have the display on without the receiver you can run a separate optical cable for audio and a component video feed directly to the display from the cable box/sat receiver."
asked - "In looking at the specs, would I just be able to hook it up with my original idea...one HDMI from Display to the AVR, and everything else into the AVR?"
"Currently, I think there a few 5.1 Dolby programming channels on TV, and the 6th rear-center speaker matrixes along with the rear-right and rear left speaker."
answer - The HDMI from the cable box will be hooked into the Yamaha and once that particular input is selected, the Yamaha will process any and all digital surround signals available on the cable channels.
To that, I would say, "Variety is the spice of life."
and Thanks for all your patience!