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I'm glad I checked here first before buying a receiver, I would of been very disappointed if I bought a receiver that couldn't take audio from hdmi...I mean why even bother? Anyway I'm currently looking for a receiver around $300 and would like to know what I should look for to tell whether or not the receiver does audio over hdmi. thanks
 

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if it does DTS-MA and TrueHD decoding then you know for sure it does audio over HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117301
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117302
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882120131
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882115195


Harman Kardon AVR 254 does HDMI audio and TrueHD and DTS-MA decoding.



Also if it says PCM over HDMI it'll accept HDMI audio. May not necessarily decode TrueHD and DTS-MA but it does accept HDMI audio.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117303

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...urround/1.html

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Harman Kardon AVR 247 also does HDMI audio.
 

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Originally Posted by jrtalon /forum/post/16966678


I'm glad I checked here first before buying a receiver, I would of been very disappointed if I bought a receiver that couldn't take audio from hdmi...I mean why even bother? Anyway I'm currently looking for a receiver around $300 and would like to know what I should look for to tell whether or not the receiver does audio over hdmi. thanks

If the specs on a receiver say it does "HDMI Switching" then it's video-only and will not process audio from an HDMI source.
 

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If the specs on a receiver say it does "HDMI Switching" then it's video-only and will not process audio from an HDMI source.

I thought that was HDMI pass through that didn't carry audio. Anyway, the first response was a good indicator since TrueHD and DTS-MA are only carried over HDMI audio.
 

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If the specs on a receiver say it does "HDMI Switching" then it's video-only and will not process audio from an HDMI source.

Why would this indicate no HDMI audio?


HDMI switching sounds like it switches the full HDMI signal...
 

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Why would this indicate no HDMI audio?


HDMI switching sounds like it switches the full HDMI signal...

It's a term which means HDMI video switching. Everytime I have seen the term used, it either implied no ability to play HDMI audio, or a limitation like HDMI switching 1.3, HDMI repeating 1.1.
 

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I thought that was HDMI pass through that didn't carry audio. Anyway, the first response was a good indicator since TrueHD and DTS-MA are only carried over HDMI audio.

The term HDMI Passthrough has also been used to indicate that a receiver did not play back HDMI audio.


The term HDMI Passthrough is not used consistently in my experience.
 

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Why would this indicate no HDMI audio?


HDMI switching sounds like it switches the full HDMI signal...

It does switch the full video+audio signal, directly to the HDMI output. "HDMI Switching" means it's just a switch, and the receiver doesn't do any processing on the audio. Since the audio on HDMI is digital, that means the receiver can't do anything with it, other than pass it along to the HDMI output.


As noted above, "HDMI Switching" and "HDMI Passthrough" are both used, inconsistently, to generally refer to the same thing. If a receiver CAN process HDMI audio, it will usually be clearly stated in the specs. If it can't, the manufacturer tends to try to gloss over that by using the "switching" or "passthrough" terms.
 

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Another term you may see is HDMI repeating. This should always mean the receiver can play HDMI audio.


I blame HDMI for this situation. When they worked on the HDMI standard, there should have been a clear, consistent term or phrase for receivers that did not play back HDMI audio.


HDMI should have required receivers to say something in their specs like 'does not playback HDMI audio'. That would have been more clear.
 
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