Originally Posted by UCRoach
Okay here's my issue:
Can't get sound through my surround speakers when using my cable box. I've connected my laptop into my Denon 1610 through HDP and the sound is working fine on my system. First off I want to make sure I have the system set up correctly. Should the HD cables on the cable box plug into the receiver along with the digital audio cable, both into DVR? Only other way I can think of wiring it is to have the HD cables run into the TV and the audio cable run from the cable box to the receiver or from the TV to the receiver. With option 1 I get no sound and no video and with option 2 I get video and no sound. Any ideas?
You may have more options than those..
Your first big decision is whether you want to make your TV or your AVR the control point for your system. Generally, the AVR is the better choice. Depending on which you choose, you hook the A/V cables from your sources (cable box, blu ray, game box) to the component that is your control point. Repeat, your choices are make either the TV or the AVR the control point for your system.
If your AVR is the control point for your system, then you can still give yourself problems when you chose how to route sound into your AVR. If all or most of your components have HDMI outputs then the HDMI cable from the component should be the only cable from that source component to the AVR. It carries both sound and picture. If you can use HDMI and but use a separate cable for sound with that component, then you can be giving yourself problems.
If your TV is the control point for your system then you have even more options to give yourself problems. You have two more choices. You can either connect your AVR to the sound output of your TV or you can hook a separate sound cable from every source to the AVR. In most cases that separate cable can either be analog or digital. The problem with the sound output of your TV is how the TV handles multichannel sources. Many TVs downmix all sources to stereo and any outputs of the TV that exist will only be 2-channel and will not have any surround. Some TV output multichannel if you are watching a TV program, but downmix the sound from all of the other sources (Blu Ray or game box).
If your TV is the control point for your system and you make separate sound connections from every component to the AVR then you have a good chance of giving yourself lip synch problems, which your AVR may or may not give you options for correcting.
If you go back and read your post you will see that it is impossible to figure out exactly what you are doing. There are at least 3 or 4 different things that are distinct, separate, and could be used but they are all properly caused "HD cables".
Hope this helps!