I am a newbie to this forum and a newbie to home theater systems altogether. What is the best way to setup your AV receiver, speakers and other devices. I only have a Panasonic GT50 TV, blue ray player, directv satellite box, and Wii. I have not purchased a receiver or speakers yet but have been doing some research. I want the setup to be as easy as possible so that i dont have to turn on several remotes just to watch TV (my wife will kill me). I also will not be using the surround sound speakers at all times as i have kids that still take naps and go to bed early. Can i simply plug all my devices into the receivers HDMI in and connect 1 HDMI out to the TV? Do i need an optical cable running from the TV to the receiver? Or is it better to connect all devices to the TV and 1 optical cable to the receiver? I'm assuming i need a receiver with the capability of HDMI pass through so i can watch TV using the TV speakers if i need to. I'm aslo looking for suggestions on receivers and speakers or HTIB. budget is between $400 to $600 for everything. Speaker cable is already ran in my family room when i purchased the house. Thank you.
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1/30/13 at 7:47am