Originally Posted by afrogt
Run an analog stereo cable (red/white jacks) from the dvd player to one of the analog audio inputs on your receiver, Audio1, Audio2 or AV5. Then switch to that input when you want to listen to CD's. the TV will not need to be on.
Thanks! That worked for me - after changing a couple of settings. Obviously, I had to specify the Audio input, but also I had to change the Scene setting (Setup>HDMI>Configuration>SCENE) to CD=Off. That is the default setting, but I had previously changed it to On.
Fortunately the Scene buttons on the Yamaha RX-V373's remote allow me to make all the necessary changes between DVD and CD with one press of a button. If the TV is not already on, then pressing the Scene button for CD does not turn on the TV, but pressing the DVD scene button does turn on the TV - which is just what I was wanting.
However, if the TV is already on, pressing the CD button does not turn off the TV - and if I turn the TV off, then the Yamaha AVR is also automatically turned off. No big deal, I just press CD and the AVR comes back on without the TV. Not perfect, but certainly something I can live with.
So even though I play DVDs and CDs on the exact same device, The audio comes into the AVR by HDMI for DVDs and by analog RCA for CDs. I can also have different sound profiles - Dolby/Enhanced/etc for DVD movies, and Straight for audio CDs.
Thanks to all for helping me get this set up.