I'm looking to purchase the Denon AVR E300. My HDTV is a Sony KDL 46V3000. I pretty sure the TV does NOT have the HDMI 1.4 standard (AVR). It does have 2 HDMI connections.
Looking at the Denon owner’s manual it offers another way to hook up the TV via optical digital and audio plug.
I would like to hook up the following to the Denon via HDMI:
DIRECTV Genie (HR34)
Then for the TV itself, I would go with the optical digital/audio plug.
I have the following questions:
1. In using the hookup above will I still be able to watch TV using only the TV speakers and then shift to the system speakers if I desire?
2. Any noticeable downgrade in audio/video quality using the TV hookup stated above?