Your sat receiver may or may not have an optical output. It more than likely will have a digital cox (spdif). This is qual to an optical cable as far a quality is concerned.
Run the HDMI from sat box to TV and run a digital coax from the sat box to the receiver and you should be good to go.
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I am not technically challenged but over the past several years I have not payed much attention to what is the latest and greatest.
Here is my situation. I purchased a new Phillips LCD HDTV and ordered a HD DVR receiver for my satellite. I currently have the TV and my old sat hooked through my surround sound tuner. I have one optical port available and one set of component ports. My VCR and DVD player go through the tuner also.
My plan was this. When the HD DVR satellite arrives, I run a HDMI cable from this to the TV bypassing the Surround sound tuner. Then run optical from satellite (if it has one) to the tuner. If it does not have optical then I would utilize the component ports.
Is this correct, and would I be getting the most sound out of the optical, or should I use the component ports?