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Onkyo HT-SR800 HDMI pass through

by djod41 / December 16, 2007 9:12 AM PST

Could someone please explain what is meant by the pass through on this system? I am planning on purchasing this system soon, based on the reviews, but am unsure of how many cables to order along with this system. Currently, I have Dish network, with the HD DVR, a DVD player with HDMI hookup, and my sons Xbox 360 with component cables hooked up to a Sony SXRD set.
I looked at the Onkyo reciever at the store and saw that it had 2 HDMI inputs with one output.
What is meant by the pass through?
Any help would be appreciated.



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What Happened?
by smashers / January 2, 2008 5:28 AM PST

I am a total newbie, but am also looking at purchasing the same Onkyo 800 set, and have the same question about the HDMI pass thru. I am guessing I will need 2 cables minimum, DVD-Amp and Amp-TV. I am also guessing there is no audio over the HDMI ouput b/c all audio is expected to go to the speakers, right?

My other guess is that by saying "pass-thru" they mean there is no upscaling or upconversion to 720, 1080i, or 1080p. That would have to be done by your DVD player, xbox, or TV set.

Maybe someone else out there can xplain (I could be totally wrong)

So, did you get it? What did you find?

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Onkyo surround sound system
by djod41 / January 2, 2008 11:46 PM PST
In reply to: What Happened?

From what I have found, and I may have some of the terminology wrong, is that the purpose of the HDMI pass through on the Onkyo reciever is to let you switch from one device to the other without having to change inputs on your T.V.
Since I have 3 HDMI devices, I have to use Component video cables for one of them which defeats this purpose since I still have to switch inputs for the device with the component cables.
I could have saved a little money by running all the video cables to the back of the T.V., ( and switching inputs for each device ) and just run the audio cables to the reciever.
My next quest is to figure how to have evrything run off of one universal controller, so that I don't have to switch inputs on the T.V. with one controller while changing channels and volume on the reciever with the other.
I bought this system for Christmas and so far have been thrilled with the sound and quality. Circuit City had them in their store for $499, but by buying it at their web site and picking it up at the store I got it for $415.

Not bad


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Onkyo 800s
by smashers / January 3, 2008 3:47 AM PST

Thanks Dennis. Ok, HDMI direct to TV and audio thru receiver, got it. I've been looking at making the same CC web purchase & pickup, sounds like the best deal. Guess it will depend on TV too, but let me know what you find out with the remote. I'm looking at mounting speakers, going thru for HDMI, extra wire, and mounts - any mount suggestions? (I know some can be too weak)


Also, thx for the info JC

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by jcrobso / January 2, 2008 5:44 AM PST

Means passive switching. IT will just switch between the two.
It will Not capture the audio part of the HDMI stream.
You will have to run digital audio cables to get the audio into the Av receiver. John

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For HDMI Audio...
by TuxBobble / January 2, 2008 5:19 PM PST
In reply to: Passthrough

What would be a recommendation for HDMI audio + video?

I'd like to use my PS3's HDMI out for video AND audio, so that I have high quality visuals (720p is the max on my TV, but at some point down the line I may wind up on a 1080p TV) without sacrificing all my audio options. I don't really know much about the linear PCM options, but I would rather keep them as options than lose them.

Kind of seems pointless to have an HDMI-capable receiver when I already have 2 HDMI ports on my TV, and definitely do not have more than 2 HDMI devices to hook up.

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by jostenmeat / January 3, 2008 5:12 AM PST
In reply to: For HDMI Audio...
always, its about your personal needs and BUDGET. The longer you wait, the greater the options will be. I recently called Outlaw, and they expect summer at the earliest for their HDMI enabled versions, for example.

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