Thank you for all of the great feedback, guys. I 100% recognize that I'm too ignorant to make an informed decision here but I'm trying to change that, so it is greatly appreciated.
I think the main reason I wanted to run a single line out from the TV to the receiver is simply convenience. I have a cable box, blu-ray player, and multiple gaming consoles going into the TV. When I turn one of those on, the TV recognizes the signal and dynamically switches to that input. This makes the wife happier as she loathed having to use the Denon remote to change inputs. So, simplicity/streamlining is more important to me than, say, audio quality (which is still important, mind you... just slightly lower in priority). In a perfect world, I'd be able to run a custom dashboard on a tablet and control everything in the house, AV included (I'm using a Hubitat for much of this now). I realize we're probably not at the point where this is a possibility, but hopefully it gives you an idea of my prioritization.
A few people asked about the model of my current receiver. It is a Denon AVR-1910
. I suppose I could investigate the possibility of getting it repaired. It was great when it was working. If I could get it fixed, my only questions/concerns with continuing to use it would be:
- Given that this model is probably 10 years old, will video quality be compromised?
- I really need to be able to listen to various music streaming services through it. How will that work?
- Will I be relegated to using the Denon remote to change inputs?
, you provided some awesome information, so thank you. I've crossed Pyle off my list. I will look into getting the Denon repaired. And, good call, I plan to look at Craigslist and some of the other "classifieds" sites. And my speakers are indeed 8 ohms. Hopefully, that doesn't restrict things too much.
, duly noted. Part of the issue is that I was hoping for something a little more modern that doesn't require me manually changing inputs on the receiver remote. But, that's not a deal-breaker. First world problems, right?
, thanks. You're not the first person I've heard this from. Strongly considering a Yamaha for my next receiver.
, this is exactly what I began to notice as I was doing more research. It's looking like a receiver is the best option for me, whether I use all of the features or not. And the message on Pyle has been delivered, loud and clear. They are officially off
,thank you for all of the insight! I haven't thought to try a reset on my Denon yet. As soon as I figure out how, I will do that. As mentioned above, I have a Denon AVR-1910
. You also bring up a good point about the wireless ecosystem. I have a Hubitat that I try to use to control all things smart home. This means I rely heavily on compatibility with protocols like Z-Wave, Zigbee, IFTTT. So, I clearly need to do some more research there. I will consider how to do the center channel. I think there is a line running up to the ceiling above the TV, but I wonder if I'd be better off doing something lower, either in-wall below the TV or simply sitting on the console under it (TV is wall-mounted). You mentioned a couple of terms I'm not familiar with: ARC/eARC and CEC. Looks like I have more research to do here. From your brief description, it sounds exactly like what I need.
Thanks, again, for all of your responses. I've already learned so much.