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First, choose the video source,...
...then, select one of the sound modes. This is how most systems do it.
Receiver Input Selections
I beg to differ with Pepe7. If the TV signal is going straight to the receiver and then from the receiver to the TV -- changing the source on the receiver to an audio source will cutoff the tv signal (at leasr in the receivers I've had experience with or know about). You didn't say whether you use antenna, cable, satellite for TV and whether you have a HD TV or a receiver, for that matter.
If you have a HDTV and HDTV cable box-- you would use HDMI to connect the cable box to the receiver and HDMI back to the TV and and also component cable from the cable box to the TV. When you want to use the IPOD you use the input selector on the TV via remote to component video input and then mute the TV sound. When done with the IPOD such back to HDMI on the TV.
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I definitely mis-read the OP. What you are saying would definitely apply if that's what the OP is referring to. I read his question as regarding assigning various inputs on an AV receiver.
I was hoping for a less convoluted approach
It's starting to look like my best choice might be to get some kind of video switcher and use my receiver strictly for audio. I can only watch one TV and I can only listen to one audio source (or at least that's all I want). But having to use all the different inputs to the TV, in addition to all the choices on the receiver, why is it so freaking difficult to have a selector that lets me choose one of three video choices and another for the five audio choices, just to determine what gets sent to the TV and speakers?
Do what I do
Use an older receiver like my Yamaha that doesn't have HDMI and it doesn't have video inputs, only audio. I know, this isn't a real solution, but it's one reason I haven't yet upgraded to a new HDMI receiver where everything changes when the Input or Source is changed. You bring up a very important glitch with new receivers. I often like to watch something on TV or on DVD while I listen to music. This works well when a group of people are over and they need eye candy while listening to tunes.
I like your thinking, Dan
You're idea is right down my alley, except one thing: no room in my darn cabinet. My wife will kill me if I start putting stuff outside the cabinet, so I'm pretty limited with regard to returning my old stereo receiver to the mix. I just wish AV receivers were made for people like you and me..
Got the solution
If your receiver has a Zone 2 ( many do), use Zone 2 for your music and simply turn down the volume of the video while watching TV or a disc.