Originally Posted by ncarty97
Hello everyone! I'm not particularly experienced with AVR's, so I'm hoping some of you hear can help me make the right decision on my purchase. I'm considering the RX-A810. I've looked through the manual to see if this will do what I want, and while I think so, I am not 100% sure.
Here is what I am trying to accomplish:
We have an HTPC in our living room connected to an Epson 8350 projector. I have an older Yahama (RX-1400 I think) that is connected via an optical link. Our bedroom shares a wall with the living room and we had a Samsung HD2300 TV in there. I tried using an XBox as an extender, but since you can't play ripped DVD's, Blu Rays, etc., it didn't meet our needs.
My HPTC has two HDMI outs on it, so I tried hooking one to the projector and one to the Samsung, but discovered that Windows won't put out audio on both HDMI and optical at the same time, so when the Samsung was plugged in, no audio was going out to the AVR. I briefly considered writing some script that could used to switch the audio output, but I'd like to keep this as simple as possible. A switch wouldn't work as I'd need some way to trigger it from the other room which would mean running another cable, plus just another thing to go wrong at some point.
So, I decided that an AVR that could do dual HDMI outputs is probably the way to go and I've been jumping around trying to find one that won't break the bank and can put out the same thing on two HDMI outputs simultaneously. One kicker though is that I'd like it to be able to pass through HDMI when it is off, so if we want to watch TV in the bedroom, there won't be sound coming out in the living room as well (unless we actually want to watch both at the same time, which may happen on occasion).
The only other things I really want to do with it is hook up my Wii (I can do either the component or composite connections) and have it go out over the HDMI, and have some type of dynamic range control (Wife is REALLY tired of having to crank it to hear dialogue, then getting our ears blown out when an explosion or something happens). On the DRC, I've used the setup function on my existing Yamaha several times to make sure everything is set properly and my speakers (Paradigms) all seem to be working fine, so not sure why we have this problem so bad other than possibly the receiver being so bad.
So will the 810 fit my needs or does anyone have any better recommendations? I'd like to keep the budget no more than what the 810 goes for, but there is a little bit of flexibility.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks