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HDMI TV and Blu-Ray with non-HDMI Receiver

by BARSHAW / January 14, 2010 1:15 AM PST

Panasonic TC-P58V10 TV
LG BD390 Blu-ray
Sony DTS receiver
Comcast Cable w/ HDTV box

My Sony reciever is 6 years old with no HDMI capability. Can I run HDMI from the cable box to the TV for video and components from the tv to the reciever for audio?
What is my best set up...or do I need to just buy a new reciever for the audio of my system?

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run all the hdmi connections to the TV except
by minimalist / January 14, 2010 1:58 AM PST

the Blu-ray. Use the analog outs on the BDP390 so you can send the DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD decoded content to your receiver (they can;t go through optical because the bandwidth is not there). All the other sound codecs(Dolby Digital 5.1, DD-EX, DTS, etc) can be sent to the receiver via optical from the TV.

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Just make certain...
by Pepe7 / January 14, 2010 2:19 AM PST

...the particular Sony receiver in question can accept analog multi-channel inputs. Some of the older ones (even only 6 yrs old) cannot ;(.

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In which case running it all through the TV and back to the
by minimalist / January 14, 2010 12:26 PM PST
In reply to: Just make certain...

receiver via an optical cable is going to the best you can do. You'll still get better than DD5.1 sound but it won;t be the uncompressed sound you'd get via analog outs or HDMI sent directly to the receiver.

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So I bought a Pioneer receiver...
by BARSHAW / January 16, 2010 5:17 AM PST

couldn't stand not having HDMI capability on everything. So now have
Comcast cable and HDTV box
Panasonic TC p58V10
LG BD390 Blu ray
Pioneer VSX 1019H K receiver
Crappy Sony surround sound speakers (that goes next!)

Can you tell me your recommended set up for these pieces please?

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run all HDMI cables to the receiver and then one HDMI cable
by minimalist / January 16, 2010 12:08 PM PST

to the TV. That's all there is. You might have to go into the various boxes and set up how you want your audio decoded (let the receiver decode if possible) and tell the receiver to pass thru the video to the TV unadulterated.

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