Okay, I'll admit that I have not yet read through all 48 pages of this thread, though I do plan to when I get the chance. I just bought the 671 last night, and will be hooking it up to a Bose Acoustimass 10. In advance, I fully understand that Bose is poop, etc... I'd really love not to have to hear about that part of it. I recently moved into a new house, and the Bose came with the house. I only had to buy the receiver. So, it will do for now.
Anyway, I'm not very Receiver savvy, so I could use some help with my initial setup. I have an LG PV450 (which I learned last night apparently does not support ARC), I have Directv, I have a PS3, and a Netgear N750 router. The house is also prewired for surround sound in the living room, and there are two speakers on the porch.
With my Directv box, should I connect it directly to the TV, and then use an optical cable to the 671? Or something else? No ARC support apparently, and honestly I don't know what HDMI Control means, so I don't know if my TV supports that or not.
When connecting the PS3, should I use only use HDMI to the receiver, or should I connect the PS3 to the TV and then use the optical cable that will already be there because of the Directv box?
As far as Zone 2, what exactly do I need to do to hook up the speakers that are on the porch? If I plug speaker wire into the "Presence" ports will that do it? Or, do I have to have some sort of analog connection with those speakers?
Any other, HEY DON'T FORGET TO DO THIS type tips?
Much appreciation for any answers, tips, advice.