Originally Posted by alk3997
Sort of. The source device is told by the destination (the sink - which is the AVR and TV in this case) what capabilities the sinks have. The source then adjusts its output the match the capabilities of both sinks. So, the source will only *send* 2-channel audio out if a single 2-channel sink (a TV, for instance) is included as one of the outputs.
So it isn't the outputs that change to 2-channel, but instead it is the input that becomes 2-channel. This is the lowest common denominator principal and is part of the EDID communications you'll hear about. Remember HDMI only includes a single audio stream at any time.
Thanks, Andy. That helps.
I'm trying to split the hdmi output from my TIVO to go both to an hdmi input on the TV and to an hdmi input on my receiver.
If the tv can process 5.1 all will be well.
If it can't, then the receiver will be getting 2-channel stereo. In that case I think I can run an optical audio cable from the TIVO to the receiver and assign it to the input to which the TIVO is attached.
Does this sound ok?