Originally Posted by DavidPJ
I'm considering replacing my old Denon receiver that doesn't have HDMI connections with a current model. On new receivers, if a device such as a DVR is connected via HDMI to the receiver, is it possible that if the receiver is off the HDMI connection will just act as a pass-through or switch to the HDMI connected TV? Or, will I always have to power up the receiver and play through my sound system rather than just the TV speakers.
Look for a feature called HDMI pass through.
I have an Onkyo 809 and there are 2 ways to accomplish it:
I can select an HDMI pass through source that will work with the receiver in standby (but this causes the receiver to use power when its "off", not sure exactly how much but some....and it runs a tad warm)
you can redirect the audio through the TV speakers so that if the AVR is on, whatever HDMI source you are watching feeds audio to the TV instead of the speakers connected to the receiver.
The Denon thread has a lot of comparisons between receiver models, just look for one that supports HDMI passthrough. I think a few of the Yamaha models dont *officially* support it but it turns out they do work, not sure which ones.