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Home Theather Help

by LSUSaints / August 4, 2006 10:18 AM PDT

Hello Everyone: I hope someone can help me out. I currently have an HDTV and HD receiver. I am connecting the two with a HDMI cable. I am want to get setup with home theater, but I am a little confused on what to get. I know that HDMI 1.3 receiver will start coming out later this year. Should I just wait for that? Or is it okay to buy a receiver that does not have HDMI, turn off the sound from the tv speakers and use the A/V receiver for sound only.

Any suggestions would be helpful.


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by stewart norrie / August 4, 2006 12:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Home Theather Help

I run all my vidio straight to the t.v. and all my audio to the amp with optical audio cables Simple, You will also save money on your amp because you will not need an amp with h.d.m.i. switching and last by using your t.vs vidio inputs yopu can fine tune your inputs seperalely good luck stewee

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You can do it both ways but....
by kena10 / August 5, 2006 2:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Home Theather Help

If you get a receiver with hdmi, in most cases, it'll have only 2 hdmi inputs and one output to your tv. While this is enough for some, some other people wish receivers came with more inputs than that.

Btw, hdmi 1.3 will not be out this year. Since the new version has been approved recently, expect to have hdmi 1.3 available at least sometime next year.

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HDMI 1.3 / Home Theater of the Future...
by speleofool / August 7, 2006 6:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Home Theather Help

HDMI 1.3 will buy you the ability to natively handle the next-gen audio formats being pushed with Blu-Ray / HD-DVD. If you really care about this stuff then it might make sense to wait, just as long as you know you could be waiting for a LONG time.

The next-gen audio formats are also backward compatible with today's Dolby Digital and DTS standards, which you'll find supported on nearly every modern receiver out there. If you don't need to push the bleeding edge of audio quality, then a receiver without HDMI (or with HDMI < 1.3) as you've described is a perfectly good option for today.

The only other thing to concern yourself with re: HDMI is how many HDMI sources you'll have vs. how many inputs on your TV. Your HD receiver has one, and modern DVD players offer HDMI. The PS3 will have HDMI and HD-DVD / Blu-Ray players do, as well. You may also see HDMI on DVRs and cable / satellite boxes (if that's different from your HD receiver--they make over-the-air receivers as well, and I'm assuming you could have been referring to either kind).

If you find yourself with more HDMI sources than TV inputs, then you need a switchbox of some kind to use them all. Standalone switchboxes are available, but if you get a receiver that does this switching for you then you may be able to avoid an extra standalone box.


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