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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
OK here is my problem, but I think I had figured it out. Just to to be safe, or in case I am missing something, here goes.

I have a 6 year old ONKYO TX-SR605 receiver. It has two HDMI inputs and one output. I have a Sony XBR4 TV. Monoprices' HDMI cables.

I have the TV hdmi 1 to the onkyo out.

I have my PS3 in hdmi 1 on the Onkyo.

I have my xbox360 in hdmi 2 on the Onkyo.

I just got cable installed in this room. So I am using the TV hdmi 3 to the Comcast hdmi.

Problem is since the hdmi 3 has no place to go on the reciever I get picture, but no sound. The only way I can get around this is put an optical cable from the Comcast box to a jack on the Onkyo, and the go to the recievers settings to turn the optical sound on.

So, is this the only way? Or, is there something I am not thinking of? Another way would be to A) buy a newer reciever. B) buy a hdmi ext. C) just swap the hdmi from ps or xbox.

post #2 of 7
You need to send sound to the receiver from the cable box. With three devices and only two HDMI inputs, one of them needs to use optical. So, the approach you are taking is the way to go. If you had a receiver with more HDMI inputs, you could connect all your devices to the AVR with HDMI. But, the audio from the cable box would be no better that way. Cable TV maxes out at DD 5.1 and optical supports that just as well as HDMI.
post #3 of 7
Time to upgrade Recv, your missing out on dolby true HD,DTS master etc smile.gif
post #4 of 7
No, he isn't. The PS3 can decode lossless and the Onkyo 605 can process the resulting PCM.
post #5 of 7
The Onkyo 605 can definitely decode HD audio as shown here: http://www.onkyousa.com/Products/model.php?m=TX-SR605&class=Receiver&source=prodClass

You could get an HDMI switch. The Monoprice units are quite good as shown here: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=4088&seq=1&format=2

Personally, I would get an external switch.
post #6 of 7
HDMI switches are fine. I use one myself. But, sometimes there are handshake issues. Meanwhile, the OP has a perfectly fine solution - HDMI to the display and optical to the receiver.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input guys. I thought I was right.

I was looking at EXT, but I figured it would not be worth it when new receiver have like 5+ now.

This ONKYO does have handshaken problems though. When i first turn it on, and I either play the xbox or PS3 it does not handshake. I have to keep hitting the "setup" button back and forth until the video game screen appears. I have monoprices new cable http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1025502&p_id=9303&seq=1&format=2 A 6ft from TV to receiver, and two 3fts for the xbox and ps3.
Now, maybe those cable could be the problem? I have not tried my old mono cables to see if it would work at startup. But if you google, there are reports of handshake problems with the ps3 with this unit.
Now when I first bought this receiver in 2007, and my original fat ps3 and the xbox with the older mono cables, I never had problems. But we then moved to small rental house and the ONKYO sat dormant for 3.5 years. So who knows. Until then I will wait until the HDMI gang relases the 2.0 update, then I will make the move!

thanks guys!
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