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post #1 of 5
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Hi all,

I'm pretty new at this kind of thing, and the amount of different devices, standards, and everything, is kind of overwhelming. I thought I had a simple goal; now I'm not so sure.

What I want to do is have a system that can accept multiple HDMI inputs (Cable box/PVR, PS3, and laptop), and do the following:

1. Output the audio to the HTIB speakers
2. Output the video to my HDTV

I'd prefer to do all of this with just the HDMI cables, if possible (barring speaker cables durr). I've seen a lot of people saying to digital optical out my PS3 to the AVR, and HDMI to the TV, but that doesn't really sit well with me.

Again, my goal is

(Misc input in) --->(Video Out to TV) + (Audio Out to Speakers)

It's ok if the audio gets sent to the TV as well; I can just turn the volume down.

I'm looking for (hopefully) a rather simple solution; brand is unimportant (as long as it's not a white van scam), and price I'd prefer to keep below $1000 USD/CAD. Additionally, 5.1 is perfect for my house; 7.1 would be overkill and hard to manage.

As an afterthought; if any system which meets the above also has wireless rear speakers, and preferably a wireless subwoofer, I'd be in love.

I hope this isn't too much to ask; if it is, a shove in the right direction would be very appreciated

Thank you all, knowledgeable people! My audio horizons are begging to be expanded!
post #2 of 5
When you say output audio to the htib speakers are you talking about a audio receiver? Whatever your describing seems to fit that characteristics of a receiver. They allow you to plug in ur DVD/bluray player into it and output the video data to your tv.

If you are willing to spend up to $1000 I would say you can get the best bang for your buck using separate components instead of going the HTIB route. I believe HTIBs though are the only sets to have wireless speakers though...

-Kevin
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Originally Posted by pokekevin View Post

When you say output audio to the htib speakers are you talking about a audio receiver? Whatever your describing seems to fit that characteristics of a receiver. They allow you to plug in ur DVD/bluray player into it and output the video data to your tv.

If you are willing to spend up to $1000 I would say you can get the best bang for your buck using separate components instead of going the HTIB route. I believe HTIBs though are the only sets to have wireless speakers though...

-Kevin

Hi Kevin,

If it sounds like a duck, and walks like a duck, I must be talking about a duck! I'll look into audio receivers to see what I can find. Part of the reason I was asking is because, from the name, HDMI passthrough seemed like what I needed; I now think that it might now be.


If a crude diagram would suffice, what I want is...



I've noticed that a bunch of websites I try to get information from are a few years old; maybe things have changed?

If there's a simple term that I need to look for to confirm this functionality, I'll be good for hunting for systems myself; I just don't want to get too deep into specifics with one system, let alone buy one, without knowing if it can do what I want it to do.

Thanks for your help!
LL
post #4 of 5
oh yea thats definitely an audio receiver that allows video passthrough. An entry level one for example could be a Denon AVR 391. Also if you want an HTIB, the Denon DHT391 XP should work perfect for you. Has decent speakers and a subwoofer and the receiver itself has 4 hdmi inputs. Onkyo makes good HTIBs too.
post #5 of 5
Things to consider:

Wireless is nice and convenient but you will probably be disappointed. The chances of wired speakers failing is considerably less than WiFI enabled speakers. No hard data just anectodal evidence. And you want to make sure that the sub-woofer is separately powered.

Your points 1 and 2 are a basic HTS setup but you will need to use an optical cable to get the best audio unless your tv and AVR has ARC (Audio Return Channel). Audio output via HDMI can be disappointing (due, in part, to HDCP).
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