Originally Posted by ExToker
Yeah, I'm kinda 'tongue in cheek' over power useage. Like buying a car that gets 30 mpg because it says so on the window sticker.
A few quick comments regarding power consumption and hdmi pass through:
1. If you are very concerned about power consumption, I recommend you rely on the rear-mounted, 5 watt speakers within your LED HDTV.
2. HDMI Passthrough is going to use a fair amount of idle power. In other words, you are foregoing the power when firing up the receiver to rely just on the tv speakers in exchange for using significantly more power at idle all the time. It would be my uneducated guess that the receiver uses less than a watt at idle with HDMI mode in eco and no pass through. For practical purposes, let's say the receiver uses 30 watts with pass through enabled. Now let's assume you want to watch tv at night for two hours without amplification from the receiver, so you continue to only use 30 watts. If you power on the receiver on mute, let's say it uses 80 watts for those two hours.
So, let's compare total usage using the hdmi passthrough method versus my Polish passthrough method of putting it on mute.
Passthrough: 30 watts x 24 hours = 720 watts
Polish passthrough: 1 watts X 22 hours + 80 watts x 2 hours = 182 watts