Originally Posted by smokey982
So for the people with AVR’s that have HDMI passthrough. Whats the best method for running cables in conjunction with the one connect mini? Right now I currently own an older Denon 1909 that doesn’t offer HDMI passthrough. So right now I have my Dish, Apple TV, and Roku 4K going into the one connect. And then an optical cable from one connect to Denon. I still get sound through my tv as well but I keep it muted so it’s not a big deal. But I’ve been considering upgrading my AVR. So if I upgraded to a receiver with HDMI Passthrough, I assume I would run all of the inputs into the receiver. And then the output from the receiver into the one connect? So that would mean I’ll only have one cable going into the one connect? If that’s the case is there a preference on which input to use on the one Connect?
And I guess my next question is am I crazy for upgrading when I’m not having any issues with my current Denon? What benefit would I gain versus what I currently have?
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That is one way of doing it, yes. It's essentially what I do with my onkyo.
Depending on your setup, it may not matter much. Do you have a standard 5.1 audio setup? If you are trying to go to something more than 5.1, you really would need to go with HDMI passthrough to get anything more than 5.1, as optical can only do 5.1 other than that, it's probably not a big deal to upgrade just to get HDMI passthrough/less cables to the tv.
Also, do you use the smart tv features still? if you do, you would have to use HDMI 4, as that provides ARC (audio return channel) back to the receiver. If you don't use the apps or have some other device, then you would use HDMI 1-3, as those are discrete inputs on the TV. HDMI 4 is stupidly not directly accessible by universal remotes (harmony, etc...)
NOTE: ARC also cannot pass 7.1 audio currently, but it can do DD+ (IIRC). So if your goal is to go for immersive audio, a new HDMI receiver is a must.
If you do upgrade receivers, ensure that it does 4k HDR passthrough, just just HDMI passthrough.