Originally Posted by dougmarino
Thanks ezpete and ScarletFever! ... And if I understand ScarletFever's post, it is better to run the optical audio (toslink connections) directly from the components to the receiver, instead of through the TV and then to the receiver? ...
From my experience, the optical audio OUT
of the TV is NOT
a passthrough but only to carry digital audio picked up from broadcast reception received directly into the TV from an HD antenna. I'll bet you are thinking that you will be transferring the HDMI audio back to the receiver via the Optical Out from the TV. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
You will have to use the HDMI for "video only" to the TV. Therefore, all audio should go directly to the audio receiver from the original source. Be aware that you may have to set an option that splits these two (audio and video
) from the source, as most components assume that you are NOT
using the optical output once you hook up an HDMI cable so no audio signal will be passed without that setting. This is why having a receiver with the HDMI passthrough makes things SO
much easier... One day I'll have one. Side note:
I share my optical input through an optical combiner (splitter turned backwards
) FROM my DVD player and FROM my TV into the receiver ( for when I pick up from broadcast reception received directly into the TV from an HD antenna
) only because I am limited on optical audio inputs on my receiver. I know that I will NEVER
have those 2 inputs going on at the same time. (I think you want to be careful of this, if applicable
) Just be aware that splitters/combiners exist and work as I have had to get crafty when doing all of this myself.
I usually draw out my plans on paper when they get confusing.
Fortunately, when done right with half-way decent equipment, you can have a very pleasurable experience watching good quality content. We just rented 2012 on BluRay last night and it was a phenomenal special effects experience, despite the story being laughable!
As far as your speaker runs, I can't help you there. I was fortunate enough to have enough attic space to run my wires and cabling. I did think of running them under the carpet at one point.
Hope this helps! Good Luck.