Originally Posted by speedknot
I haven't set up my Yamaha Aventage RX-A870 AVR yet. I was trying to educate myself about the plethora of HDMI inputs on the back of these newer AVR's. I still question if using these are such a good idea. I'm not sold on running everything through the receiver. I view it as another source that the signal has to pass through. I'd still prefer a direct link from my DVD or game system to the TV and just using the optical out from the TV to the receiver. Is my logic outdated or should I not consider it? If I ran my DVD player directly to my TV and ran audio out from the TV to my receiver, would the receiver still be able to decode and decipher the surround format?
This is what I like.
My entertainment center is on the left wall, as viewed from the seating area. My receiver, separate amplifier ( to connect later), Blu-Ray Player, Fire TV, and any new added sources go in there. I use the receiver as the docking station for everything. All connected with HDMI.
The TV is wall mounted on the front wall, straight ahead.
Then HDMI ARC out of the receiver to the TV input ARC. The audio from the TV apps can be sent upstream back to the receiver.
When you activate ARC along with CEC, hitting one power button turns everything on, and off.
Any other connection requires the use of multiple remotes to turn everything on. No big deal, but I love this. The wife can’t figure out how to turn everything on, so this keeps her happy.
You may have all of your equipment and TV together on the front wall, and the thought of connecting stuff directly to the TV seems doable.
Your Yamaha does a great job of controlling everything, so I think you should try using the receiver as the docking station first before trying your idea.
Let us know what happens.