Originally Posted by bowmah
Interesting thread. So if you HD cable box goes into the receiver, will the receiver still pass video & audio if you decide not to use the surround sound? Seems like a silly question but I am hoping HDMI can be passed without needing to turn on the receiver (kind of like old shcool coaxial cable signals through the VCR). If it can't, how do users watch cable without needing to turn on the receiver? Perhaps an external HDMI hub or splitter?
Most receiver's don't turn off they go into standby. It depends on the model but some will pass audio/video while in standby. Some will need to be on/muted to use the HDTV speakers.
I don't see the need to use the crappy TV speaker ever. Once you get use to it using the receiver all the time is a better option.
I always use my receiver 100% of the time. It has a stereo mode and even using just the Front Left & Right speakers it sounds much better than any speaker built into an HDTV. Let's face it the speakers in the TV is just and afterthought with no consideration for quality what so ever. I wish more designs had removable speakers.
I run all my audio to the receiver.
I leave my HDTV on internal mute (impossible to accidentally turn on speaker without going to the audio menu).
Usually for movies or TV programs I care about I run 5.1 setup. For sports or casual TV browsing I drop it to stereo or all channel stereo.