Originally Posted by dgolde
I want a surround sound system without the video switching part, but this doesn’t seem to exist. Any help would be appreciated.
I’m upgrading in the near future to an HDTV. I’ll pull the trigger when Verizon can add TV to my Fios. I’ll probable get a Samsung LN46A650 and add a bluray player down the road. I know the TV has an optical sound output and I’m sure the Fios box and blueray will as well, so why would I want to cram all my video through extra cables, a video scalar of unknown quality, and a switch? Also, the wife likes to use TV speakers and gets mad when things are hard to work.
Actually, most people find using an AVR for audio & video reduces cables and clutter. One, single, simple HDMI cable sending audio & video from the AVR to your TV from many different sources (DVD, DVR, cable box, vcr, etc.. ).
That said, based on your requirements just ignore the video portions of the AVR specs and concentrate on the features and specs that you do care about. But I'd bet at some point in the future you will find the video aspects of your new AVR quite handy.
Optical won't pass the HD audio from Blu-ray sources so you'll probably want to use a single HDMI run to your AVR.
Your alternative is:
- Component Video (3 cables)
- Analog Audio (6 cables minimum)
One HDMI? Or 9 analog cables? This is why many do like the idea of an audio/video HUB using their AVR.
But if you don't plan on having a 5.1 surround setup and just use the TV speakers then optical will work for the basic Dolby audio.