Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
I believe for you to record tv with the Magnavox you'll have use the digital tuner of the Magnavox as your source (not the tv) and then connect that to the LG via HDMI as you stated. But you said that your AVR doesn't have any HDMI inputs, only a single HMDI output, so you can't connect that to the LG unless both the LG and the AVR have ARC (Audio Return Channel). For example, my AVR is ARC capable but my LG is not, so the HDMI output on the AVR is uni-directional. IOW, from the AVR to the LG only, which is fine for us. It seems to me that the easiest way to do what you want to do is buy another receiver or HTiB (preferably without a built-in BD/DVD player) that has multiple HDMI inputs. That makes life so much easier. However, replacing your existing HTS is an expensive proposition.
My LG TV has audio return via 1 HDMI port, and the HTIB says it's compatible with ARC. So, does that sound like I will be OK the way I mentioned hooking things up? Will I get 5.1 audio with my DVD recorder that way? HDMI from recorder to TV--then HDMI (ARC) from HTIB to TV.
I think that will work, but just in case there's also an optical hookup option for the TV and HTIB, in case that makes any difference. It's just that HDMI to the TV is practically the only option for the recorder.
Basically what I'm trying to find out is if there's any way to get 5.1 surround from my recorder if I only have it hooked into the TV with HDMI. I can have the TV hooked up to the HTIB with ARC or optical, whichever is better for that.