Originally Posted by gdgates
I'm new to the world of HDMI - in fact, my Denon receiver predates HDMI. I'm wondering if I can use HDMI video out straight to my TV, and use the optical digital audio out to my receiver. Or does plugging into the HDMI from my BluRay/Directv lock me into the HDMI audio signal?
Is there a reason (such as distance) that prevents you from hooking the audio from the Blu-Ray and the DirecTV HD-DVR into the AVR and then the HDMI from both into the TV? That would be the more "normal" method of hooking-up the system. Depending upon your Denon model, you could then use the multichannel analog audio outputs from the Blu-Ray player into the Denon and the optical/coax digital audio from the DirecTV box into the Denon. HDMI would provide the picture to the TV.
To answer your first question, some TVs allow it, some do not. Those who allow it sometimes will only allow 2-channel audio while others will be able to provide Dolby Digital through the optical digital audio output. It is very rare that DTS is sent. In all instances, TrueHD and DTS-HD MA is not sent since the optical digital audio cable does not have the bandwidth to support the high resolution audio signals.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "lock me into the HDMI audio signal". The DirecTV box will have all audio ports active in addition to the HDMI audio. The BD player should also have some other audio signals available but which ones will depend upon the Blu-Ray player model. If you still have quesitons please provide models numbers with your questions.
Welcome to the AVSForum. Not bad for a first append. You might also want to check-out the "owners only" sections for the components you own.Edited by alk3997 - 1/24/13 at 8:46pm