Originally Posted by edkotch1
On my last pre-hdmi receiver i was able to have tv on with no sound while playing music. Watch football while listening to music for example.
Is there a way to set up the sc-55 to do this? Perhaps using zone two or something?
(I only have one room, one set of 5.1 speakers and one tv all hooked up to the sc-55).
Sorry if this is a remedial question. Seems like i must be missing something simple...
You can do it if you plug the cable or satellite box directly into the TV. You can still listen to TV audio through the receiver at full quality via the HDMI Audio Return Channel, which shows up on the TV Input. (You can't have any analog audio plugged into that input or the ARC won't work.) When you want to listen to a different source, let's say the FM tuner in the receiver, select Tuner. The TV will still stay on, but you won't hear any TV audio. If you also want TV audio from the TV at the same time the receiver is playing FM, you have to go into the TV set settings and change the output from AV System to Speakers. (At least that's the way it works on my Sony TV).
When you select Tuner on the receiver, select it directly - don't rotate through all the inputs because when it hits your Blu-ray input, HDMI control will change the input on the TV to the receiver.
The only hangup is this: If the source you want to listen to is a BD player (let's say because you're playing a CD on the BD player) and HDMI control is turned on, it's going to automatically change the input on the TV from the HDMI cable box input to the HDMI feed from the receiver. And if you change the TV input back to the Cable box input, the receiver will change along with it. So this will only work with analog inputs on the receiver. Not sure if it will work with the iPod input.
The other option is to shut off HDMI control on the receiver, but that means you'll have to manually change the receiver to the TV input or whatever when you want TV sound via the receiver.