Originally Posted by bstronger
OK, so now I am ready to apply copper to copper - but where?
My inputs are Tosh A20 and SciAtl 8300hd both now hdmi to my recently installed Pioneer 6010. So should I just have these both go hdmi to the AS720 and then hdmi out to the Pio 6010? That does mean a trip to Walmart for another hdmi cable - but anything for the best sound this baby can produce. Thanks for any suggestions - just moving stuff around for now.
Your immiediate problem is you have to get sound to the AVR. HDMI direct to the TV is not a problem initially, but without the HDMI connection to the AVR, you will need a different audio solution (either coaxial or optical) if you want 5.1 sound (coxial and optical don't carry 7.1, but you probably don't have the extra speakers right now anyway). As far as cables go, monoprice.com is one of the best places to get them at a good price. You'll need to scroll down the page for the $5 cables (of lesser quality, obviously). I don't know what Wal-Mart is selling. http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10240
If you have two HDMI cables at home right now, and want to see how the unit works, you could disconnect your SA 8300HD for now and use only the Tosh A20 connected to the AVR (or vice versa) so you can play around a bit with your new toy! Otherwise you could connect using just regular audio until you get those new cables (almost everybody has some cheap audio cables lying around somewhere).
You might also consider just using optical and coaxial connections until you get two extra surround speakers (you only need 5.1 until you do) since good quality cables for these are a lot cheaper than HDMI. http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10229
. There will be no difference in sound quality
between 5.1 through HDMI and 5.1 through optical or coaxial (all three are digital connections), so without the two extra speakers, the HDMI audio capability is of limited use initially.