Originally Posted by afrogt
What's the big deal with passthru anyway? Why do you want to watch TV with the receiver off? I don't get that at all. Takes away from the viewing experience for me.
Well... you have to ask yourself... if its not a big deal then why are so many manufacturers incorporating the feature?
Granted, from your perspective, if your watching a movie or sitting in front of the TV absorbed in a program, I'll agree having the receiver on is the way to go. Much better than listening to it through the TV's puny speakers. However, if your just turning on the TV to check the local weather or the news at the top of the hour I for one don't want to fire up the entire home theater system only to shut it back down 5 minutes later. But even more important... is the WAF (wife acceptability factor). Like most HT systems, ours has it share accessories, i.e., the receiver, a cable set top box, a Blu-ray player, a ROKU box, a power conditioner, powered sub woofer etc. When I'm not home and my wife whats to check out the news or the shopping channel she does not
want to pick up multiple remotes or the Yamaha remote with 85 switches and buttons and try to figure out the correct buttons or sequence to make it all work. She wants one button - TV on / TV off. Having pass through enables this to work. She can pick up the TV remote and turn it on in a second.
"Yes" there are work arounds like the Harmony remote. But... not all users want the added expense of buying a programmable remote. Pass through is a great feature. When I was shopping for a new AV I automatically eliminated any AV units that didn't have it. FYI: We have a Harmony 880 and I have it programmed for multiple listening and viewing options including incorporating my home theater PC. But I also have one button programmed... just for the wife... to "turn the on the TV".
Life can be stressful and complicated... and marriage can be a struggle at times. The pass through feature allowed me to upgrade my HT system while keeping both of us happy. I got a new HT receiver and she can watch TV without having to read the owners manual or figure out the remote.