Originally Posted by jake809
I just got my 805 shipped in today. I'm currently making connections. I have my DVD and TV HDMI'ed to the 805. Right now my cable box is connected to my television via component cable. However, the cable box does have an HDMI port.
I'm coming to my question, I know it's probably a simple answer
, but wanted to ask the experts. Should I route my cable through my 805 via HDMI?? I don't want to have to turn on the 805 everytime I watch cable. I just want to use the 805 when watching a movie or listening to the music channels and of coarse DVD's.
Now that I'm thinking about it, could I just leave the cable connected to TV with the component cable AND connect the cable box to the 805 via HDMI??
I think I just confused myself
You could route component from your cable box to your TV AND connect HDMI to your 805 from the cable box and then HDMI out from the 805 to your TV. What you want to do will work fine.
My question is -- why make things harder? Now I read this all the time that "I don't want to turn on the 805 (or whatever receiver I own) to watch regular cable".
I don't understand that. The 805 remote has a macro button. You press the button and BOTH your TV and the 805 (and the cable box if you want) ALL turn on at the same time. Its not hard.
Whether your TV speakers are internal or external (or the tuner/cable box is internal or external) should not be relevant. True -- TV news and the like doesn't "require" a receiver or speakers to sound good, but neither does it require a lousy internal TV speaker. If you have a sound system hooked up to your TV -- why not just use it all the time?
It will make it easier to not have to change inputs or turn on/off TV speakers.
There is no reason to say that certain TV shows should or should not be used with a receiver. Its -- my TV screen is for video and my receiver/speakers are for audio.
There is nothing better than hearing EVERYTHING, whether it is news, or the history channel, or a 5.1 DVD, over quality audio. You paid for the 805 -- you might as well use it for all TV.
It is no chore to press the one single macro button on the 805 remote and turn everything on, all at once.
I have a 5.1 system in my family room hooked up to a 50 inch plasma -- with an Onkyo 603x receiver. I have a 7.1 home theater in the basement with a 114 inch screen and the 805. Both systems always go on with both the receiver AND the display -- regardless of what is being watched. Both components (display and receiver) in both systems go on with just the push of one single button on the respective Onkyo remotes. Even my wife knows to press "macro 1" to do that.
Edit: if you go the component route from the cable box to your TV, you will then still have to connect audio cables between the cable box and the TV. In all, it is just much simpler and easier to route everything via HDMI to the 805 and then to your TV.
You then will never have to change the input on the TV and you wont' have to turn on or off the TV's internal speakers.