Originally Posted by sarspants
Never thought of routing everything through the TV first. I guess I would be a little concerned with losing audio quality...
Just like component analog HD can have as good of PQ as digital HDMI can, analog audio can have as good of quality as digital audio can. Of course everything has to be working correctly, but its hard for much to go wrong with a couple of audio cables in a consumer environment. Plus, digital audio brings with it a host of other headaches we never had to deal with before.
But there are a couple of other things to consider:
1) analog doesn't support 5.1 DD in most instances
2) some TVs will input 5.1 just fine, but then not pass it on to the TV's output and then to the AVR.
If you need 5.1, then either of those could be a deal breaker.
I have not moved to 5.1 yet, even though all of my components and AVR support it, because I feel many of the glitches are not worked out; there are posts every day about problems with losing audio, audio artifacts, reclocking issues, etc. Plus I have heard 5.1 at a lot of different venues including other people's home theatre setups, and it never really has impressed me any more than good old 2.0 through Pro Logic IIx 7.1. Not only that, I don't think producers really mix well for 5.1 nor do they put much effort into it.
So if I am giving anything up there, what I am gaining in return is the ability to use a 31-band graphic equalizer and a automatic level controller. I get some of that in the GEQ in my AVR, but it is only 5 band, and the analog level controller seems to work better than the AC-3 compr
features in my AVR. Digital audio on the consumer level needs another 3-4 years of maturation before I will consider moving there.