Originally Posted by Aenygma
...Would there be any benefit in using an HDMI from Uverse to HDTV & Composite to HDTV for sound and then Optical to receiver?
(I am afraid of the sound issue problem I was told when Uverse system was first installed, and have read about)
How many Uverse people we have here, and how many are doing well with HDMI?
I have uVerse connected to my VSX-919 and Pioneer KRP-500M monitor. The VSX-919 is basically the same as your 1019, only one less HDMI input...
You can use either component or HDMI to pass video to your receiver or TV. In my experience the picture quality was about the same either way. I happened to have some issues with the component outputs on the uVerse box that caused the picture to "scramble" whenever there was a white background on the screen. This happened mostly during commercials. Switching to HDMI eliminated the issue.
You may find that using HDMI introduces a noticeable delay when switching video sources. In my experience it can be 10 seconds or more, depending on the device, which can be annoying...
As far as sound, you will want to keep the optical connection from your uVerse box to your receiver. The uVerse boxes do NOT pass Dolby Digital over HDMI. If you go with the HDMI connection for video, make sure you use the "Signal Sel" feature on your receiver, to specify that you want the optical audio to override the HDMI, or you will NOT get Dolby Digital.
Some people have complained about audio issues with uVerse. This is because when the signal fluctuates it can have a very short drop in the digital audio. Some receivers have a hard time with this, and the short drop out turns into a very noticeable loss of audio. For some people this is a very annoying and repeating issue.
In my case, I have used the optical connection since uVerse was installed here in January. I just upgraded from a VSX-914 to the VSX-919, and I must say that the drop out issue is basically nonexistent for me - especially since I upgraded receivers.
I am not sure why you want to connect anything but your receiver to the TV. Are you thinking you don't want to use the receiver all the time? If you do need to use two connections at once, you will have to experiment. Not all of the uVerse outputs are active at once. As I recall, once you connect with HDMI, you can't use component or composite.
My thought though, is that you paid for a great receiver, why not use it as much as you can? I connect all of my sources to the receiver, and then run HDMI from the receiver to the TV - with no audio going to the TV. I have my receiver on anytime I am watching TV.
Your receiver will convert any analog video sources (composite, or component) to HDMI. Run HDMI or optical cables for audio to your receiver.
If you are concerned with the complexity of having to have your receiver and TV on at the same time, or having to juggle multiple remotes, pickup one of the better universal remotes that can do macros. Then you can program a single power button that will turn on both the TV and receiver. You can also program the remote to change sources on your receiver, AND modes on the remote.
Sony makes a cheap remote for about $25 that can do all of this. You can also spend a bit more and get a harmony or one of the other remotes. Once you do this, you can put away all of your other remotes for basic use. It also makes the system easy to use for other family members - including kids.
Congratulations on your new receiver, and let us know if we can answer more questions. Feel free to PM me if you would rather communicate that way.