Originally Posted by cbhpi
I'd like to see the barn; or maybe the porch is part of the barn? Please post your solution.
Ok, here is the whole story. I have a mancave I built in a 2,000sf barn. The home theater system I am putting together needs to be pretty unique. I am pursuing every man's ultimate dream for a mancave/party barn. I will assure you that this configuration is very ambitious and will put all of you to the test. We'll see who really knows their stuff out there.
The primary system has a 7.1 channel Yamaha RX-V1900 (with the HDMI out set to: amp+tv) with 7 Paradigm speakers, a powered sub, and a 72" Mitsubishi HDTV in the main great-room area. Currently, it has two input sources, DirecTV & PS3 Slim for games & movies but I want room to grow the media sources. I use Bitstream from the PS3 to the Yamaha. I have tried both Linear PCM and Bitstream and its hard to tell any difference in the sound but the Yamaha front panel display shows the decoding details when using Bitstream so it looks cooler but that's about it.
I have 4 other HDTVs of varying models where I use the TV speakers on them to adjust sound levels for the other mancave venues (bar area, locker room, back porch, upstairs bedroom). I want the same source to show an all screens (like the Super Bowl, baby!). Most HDMI cable runs are within 15 feet and a couple are up to 75' but work fine with ExtendHD repeater HDMI cables. I've not seen any amps with more than 2 HDTV outputs, so I got a ExtendHD HDMI 8 port distribution amp and hooked up the HDMI output on the RX-V1900 to the ExtendHD distribution amp . Everything works great with the DirecTV source, but I have problems when we watch Blue-Ray movies or play games on the PS3.
The TV's work fine with HD video and audio from the DirecTV but there is no audio output from the TV's when I use the PS3 as the source. I figure it must be something to do with the RX-V1900 not outputting 5.1 or 7.1 source material via the HDMI output port. I thought it would at least output 2-channel stereo? Regardless of whether I have the PS3 output in Bitstream or LCPM to the Yamaha RX-V1900, there is no sound on the other devices when showing Blue-Ray movies or playing PS3 games. Anyway, now on to the good stuff.
So I put up a 20x12' outdoor movie screen on the basketball court out back of the mancave building, bought a Yamaha RX-V663 amp, 7 outdoor Paradigm speakers, and a sub amp. I ran a HDMI cable from the ExtendHD distribution amp to the Yamaha RX-V663, and an HDMI cable from the HDMI out on the Yamaha to an Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9700 UB. The video is fantastic. But, again, I only get audio from the DirecTV source and not from the PS3 source.
So I bought another HDMI distribution amp, connected the PS3 to its import port, and then connected the two Yamaha receivers to output ports on the distribution amp and, walla, 7.1 audio from the both Yamaha receivers now work great! But I have to manually unplug the HDMI cable going to one of the HDMI input ports on Yamaha RX-V663 powering the outdoor movie theater from the HDMI distribution amp connected to the PS3, and then plug it into the other main ExtendHD distribution amp to watch DirecTV media on the outdoor movie theater. A small price to pay but, hey, I'm a perfectionist and would like to come up with a better solution. But even in this workaround for the outdoor movie thearer, I still can't listen to PS3 source media on the other TV's under any scenario and that is a real pain.
I've tested connecting the Yamaha RX-V663 directly to the HDMI out on the RX-V1900 but no difference. Obviously, the Yamaha RX-V1900 is not outputting the HD sound via the HDMI output port, so my question is, will any amp out there support what I am trying to do?
Or perhaps should I need to take the bull by the horns and try hooking up a 4x8 HDMI switcher to connect both the DirecTV unit and the PS3 to import ports, then connect both Yamaha amps and all the TV's to the HDMI switcher output ports, and then I could just push one button on the 4x8 HDMI switcher to select the source media to provide to all the devices?
Or are the Bastards in Hollywood gonna win this one?