Originally Posted by kmil
I currentlly have the Sony KDF-E50A10 and use the Samsung HD 931 DVD Player using components. The cable guy is coming today and in about a week or two I will use a DVI out cable with HDMI on the other end. I will use the Moto 6412 STB and it has, I believe, only one HDMI. I will have the STB connected to the TV with the Gefen Switcher using Input "2" and the STB in input "1", then, of course, running the output HDMI from the switcher into the back of the TV. Sorry for being a bit winded, but here's my question. Under the new setup where will I input the DVD player AUDIO output into the back of the TV. Currently using COMPONENT......I use the audio in hookup no. 4 which is listed in the Sony manual under no 7. Please see PAGE 17 in the Sony manual.
My concern is that if I use the AUDIO in the component hookup (which I'm currently using) I might not get an audio signal. I'm sure the "solution" for the problem is quite simple. Obviously since I'm using the DVI output on the DVD player I am "losing" the audio portion since the DVI cable cannot carry audio and must, of course, be plugged in separately. Any and all help is appreciated.
You're right; using the audio in the component hookup will not provide sound when your TV is focused on input 6, the HDMI input.
But I think I got it figured out. Basically, you just use Input 6 for both because it has HDMI and an alternate RCA audio in. Hook up the DVD audio to the audio IN on input 6 on the TV, right next to where you'll hook up your HDMI out of the switch box. That's it.
When you're Gefen is switched to the 6412, the pure HDMI connection carries video and audio into Input 6. Switch the Gefen to DVD and of course the 6412's HDMI video/audio signal is also switched off and DVD audio instead goes to input 6 via the RCA audio inputs on 6, HDMI still carries DVD video through the Gefen switch.
Potential Word of Caution: I wouldn't keep the DVD playing when you switch to/from the 6412 - seems you might harm the TV having the two audio signals coming into what is really one audio in on Input 6 (the RCA audio inputs are really alternate audio inputs, to use when your HDMI in has a DVI connection on the other end, as with your DVD, which wouldn't carry sound via HDMI). I could be wrong about his causing damage, but it is unquestionably true that you run the danger of sending HDMI audio and RCA audio into input 6 at the same time. I certainly wouldn't want to "experiment" with what effect this might have on my TV.
I really can't think of another way to do this, since your TV must be on Input 6 in order to receive HDMI signal, which is where your DVD video and STB video/audio signal will be coming into the TV (depending on which one the Gefen is weitched to). Kinda by definition, and as you speculated in your post, your TV will recoginize the audio only from the input it is focused on, to the exclusion of all other inputs. So, if you're on input 6, which is where you have to be to watch STB/DVD, only audio coming into input 6 would be available to be sent to your external speakers through the TV's RCA audio out, or to the internal speakers. Good thing for you the HDMI input 6 comes with those alternate audio in RCA jacks.
Originally Posted by kmil
It just dawned on me: would the dvd audio cables be run to the newly installed STB................and NOT directly to the TV?
Nope; that won't work. If you connect your DVD audio cables to the 6412 STB, you will lose DVD audio when you switch the Gefen away from the STB signal and onto the DVD signal. Essentially, connecting your DVD audio to the STB audio results in you sending DVD audio to the very device you've just switched away from in order to enjoy watching your DVD. Hope that makes sense.