Audiphile2k (Sorry dont know your first name),
Originally, this is what I thought. I would have all my sources connect to the AVR via HDMI. I would then have one HDMI go from the output to the TV. When I did this the audio would pass through to the television but would not go through the surround sound speakers. After digging around online and in the manual it seems that this AVR just passes audio to the TV, and does not allow the speakers connected to the AVR to play the sound via HDMI. At that point I knew I would need an audio cable for each source connected to the AVR.
In an attempt to keep cables to a minimum, I knew my TV had an optical output, so I ran a cable from that to my receiver. I thought my doing that I could get audio to play via the receiver by only using one cable, regardless of what video source was being fed to the AVR and then the TV. It wasnt until I realized that doing this prevented me from getting a 5.1 Dolby signal to the AVR. I don't need the TV as the audio source, all I was doing was attempting to eliminate cable cluster. Being ignorant about the situation, I just assumed if audio was being passed to the TV, and I had an optical cable leaving the TV to the AVR, I assumed everything would just work out.
Maybe I caused some confusion. Here is a basic diagram. I have all my sources connected to the AVR via HDMI (Black Line). The AVR connects to the TV via HDMI (Black Line). I had the TV output audio to the AVR (Red Line).
The receiver has inputs for two (2) Toslink connections and 1 Digital Audio connection. What I'll end up doing is running a Digital Audio cable from my DVR to one input on the AVR, and use the two (2) Toslink connections from Apple TV and PS3 to the AVR. I just need to grab another Toslink cable.Edited by John82 - 10/16/13 at 8:24am