Originally Posted by FranchiseBlade
Thanks so much for the helpful info. I'll see if I can read the manual online before the new receiver even arrives.
I was just glancing at the manual. And I just had a quick question that would probably be answered once I got my system, but I thought I'd ask anyway to see if I could get some clarification before hand.
Looking at the remote and the inputs it seemed like I would probably plug the xbox into the HDMI 4 input. The Blue Ray would be plugged into the BD input, and the WII would be plugged into one of the non-HDMI inputs. Of course the DirectTV would be in the CBL/SAT input. On the remote control picture in the manual it looks like there isn't a switched labeled for the HDMI 4 input. Am I wrong?
I guess it doesn't matter because I could plug the XBOX into the DVD input or the DVR input. But did I miss something? Is there an a button preset on the remote for the HDMI 4?
Good catch. The challenge with using numbered HDMI inputs is that there is no direct access to them via the remote or even using a programmable remote. You need to press the 'HDMI' button repeatedly until you arrive at the desired input. You can, however, tell the receiver to 'skip' unused inputs by going into the setup and setting the 'skip' to 'yes' or something like that.
It's a real pain and has kept me from using the numbered HDMI inputs for anything, although as I note above they are 'skippable' and they can be renamed and even have optical/coax digital audio inputs assigned.
The good news is that there are plenty of 'labeled' inputs. I have my system setup as follows:
- Pioneer BDP-62FD - Input BD - HDMI (BD) & coax audio into a pre-amp for powered zone 2
- Apple TV - Input DVR/BDR - HDMI (DVR/BDR) & optical audio into pre-amp for powered zone 2
- Onkyo C-S5VL SACD Player - Input CD - Analog 1 (analog audio)
- Wii - Input DVD - component video and analog audio
Finally, I have analog audio out connected to a pre-amp for powered zone 2 (includes items mentioned above, as well as Pandora, Internet radio, et al.).
I will be adding a Comcast cable box shortly to the setup and that will go into the available Cable/Sat HDMI and analog audio (again, for powered zone 2). After all that, I would need to resort to the numbered HDMI inputs.
Hope that helps...