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Hdmi Switch Box?

64met
06-24-2007, 01:35 PM
I have a stupid question.... I own the HK7300 Receiver(non-HDMI) My tv is HDMI and my DVD player as well. I was considering upgrading to a newer HK with HDMI and someone suggested a HDMI Switch Box?? Here is the stupid part: Since my receiver is not HDMI where in the world would I hook this to? By hooking it to my tv or dvd player I don't see how that would help my receiver issue. Any thoughts or help is appreciated!

dabig25
06-24-2007, 02:08 PM
Not sure about that one....................?

Lee Stewart
06-24-2007, 05:25 PM
I have a stupid question.... I own the HK7300 Receiver(non-HDMI) My tv is HDMI and my DVD player as well. I was considering upgrading to a newer HK with HDMI and someone suggested a HDMI Switch Box?? Here is the stupid part: Since my receiver is not HDMI where in the world would I hook this to? By hooking it to my tv or dvd player I don't see how that would help my receiver issue. Any thoughts or help is appreciated!

You will seperate audio from video and will need to switch them seperately

Current receiver - will handle all audio and former video with the exception of HDMI

HDMI Switcher - will handle video for HDMI sources.

GOOGLE: HDMI Switchers - Tons - less than $100 -remote controlled so they ccan be added to a universal remote.

64met
06-25-2007, 07:52 AM
Thanks Lee!

So if I am correct the HDMI Box would be connected to my tv or hd dvd player?(both r hdmi). The audio/video switching separately is confusing.. do u mean in order to watch say a hd program on Fios I would need to turn one switch on for audio then another for video? Not sure if this would meet the WAF! Thanks again!

Lee Stewart
06-25-2007, 08:03 AM
Thanks Lee!

So if I am correct the HDMI Box would be connected to my tv or hd dvd player?(both r hdmi). The audio/video switching separately is confusing.. do u mean in order to watch say a hd program on Fios I would need to turn one switch on for audio then another for video? Not sure if this would meet the WAF! Thanks again!

Correct - do you have a universal remote that will do macro's? (Press one button and will do multiple things)

You can buy a new HDMI capable receiver - about $400 to $500. How's the WAF for that, compared to $32.50 for a HDMI switch?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&style=

64met
06-25-2007, 09:31 AM
Lee,

Yes I have a universal remote! Also please take a look at my proposed set up with this box and let me know if U think this would work: TV (Two HDMI Ports) to Switch Box

XA2to switch box
STB to switch box

** My confusion still lies in the Audio area of all this; I noticed some switch boxes have audio inputs like Digital Audio (these boxes look like sell for $300) Right now my HK powers everything including regular tv watching. I presume to realize the full benefits of HDMI I would need the switch box that has the audio as well? Thanks again!

Lee Stewart
06-25-2007, 10:57 AM
Lee,

Yes I have a universal remote! Also please take a look at my proposed set up with this box and let me know if U think this would work: TV (Two HDMI Ports) to Switch Box

XA2to switch box
STB to switch box

** My confusion still lies in the Audio area of all this; I noticed some switch boxes have audio inputs like Digital Audio (these boxes look like sell for $300) Right now my HK powers everything including regular tv watching. I presume to realize the full benefits of HDMI I would need the switch box that has the audio as well? Thanks again!

OK we have some confusion we need to clear up. Do you have an Onkyo 605? If not then the audio over HDMI has no value to you. You need an brand new HDMI 1.3 compliant Receiver to pass audio from the XA2 to the receiver.

IF . . . you have multichannel input (analog - rca plugs - 6) than you can get the new Dolby TruHD sound format over analog.

If not here is how you will set the HD video up:

HD STB HDMI > Input 1 on HDMI Switcher

XA2 HDMI > Input 2 on HDMI Switcher

HDMI Switcher output > HDMI input on TV

Audio:

Digital out from XA2 (coax or toslink) to Digital In on reveiver (DVD)

Digital out from HD STB (coax or toslink) to Digital In on reveiver (MD Tape or what ever input controls the digital connection)

To play a HD DVD or Watch HD STB:

1. Switch HDMI to proper input - by remote
2. Select corresponding Input on receiver

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

If you are willing to spend a bit more on the HDMI switcher you can Google: HDMI Switchers and look for one that is AUTO SENSING

AUTO SENSING - removes step one. When you turn on either the XA2 or the HD STB, the HDMI Switcher will detect the signal and automatically switch itself to the correct input

Clear? Questions? Concerns?

What is the make and model of your receiver. It will really help me to look at the schematics. Then no gerneralizations - specfic help for your exact setup

64met
06-25-2007, 11:09 AM
Wow! Thanks very much! I own the HK 7300 receiver and other than HDMI this thing does it all. Currently the HK7300 powers everything including movies, tv, etc. Thanks again; look forward to hearing from you!

Lee Stewart
06-25-2007, 11:20 AM
Wow! Thanks very much! I own the HK 7300 receiver and other than HDMI this thing does it all. Currently the HK7300 powers everything including movies, tv, etc. Thanks again; look forward to hearing from you!

OK . . . I looked at the back of your amp.

1. This is a monster!

2. With the back facing you it appears you do have the 8 channel analog input (lower right) and can take advantage of the analog outputs on the XA2 - HIGHLY recommend - blows DD5.1 away.

OK . . . new hook up - NO HDMI switcher

XA2:

1. Analog outputs into HK7300
2. HDMI to the TV

HD STB

1. Don't use HDMI - use Component - no difference on PQ - both the same
2. Digital Audio out to one of the inputs that goes with the Component Input.
3. Component Output on HK 7300 to Component Input on TV

You have to use the HDMI on the XA2 for the Super Famtastic Upscaling of regular DVD's - only HDMI permits this

Only difference of this over what you have today is you will have to switch the TV's input from Component to HDMI when watching the XA2.

HD on cable or sat looks the same whether it's Component or HDMI.

Understand? Questions?

64met
06-25-2007, 11:46 AM
Got it! Thanks for your expertise on this subject! It sounds like my connections currently may have been what was causing the SD DVD's to look bad on my xa2. I am on vacation later this week and will try this... Stay tuned might need some more help while behind my tv!

Lee Stewart
06-25-2007, 11:51 AM
Got it! Thanks for your expertise on this subject! It sounds like my connections currently may have been what was causing the SD DVD's to look bad on my xa2. I am on vacation later this week and will try this... Stay tuned might need some more help while behind my tv!

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