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Old 06-30-2013, 11:46 AM   #1  
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Hello,

This is my first post. I have a Sony Bravia HDTV with 2 HDMI inputs. I connect my cable box and Blu-Ray player directly to the TV using the 2 HDMI inputs.

Yesterday I bought a new stereo receiver, a Yamaha RX-V375. This receiver has 4 HDMI Inputs, 1 HDMI Output, 2 Digital Coaxial Audio Inputs and 2 Digital Optical Inputs.

The Yamaha owners manual says to connect the Blu-Ray player and the cable box to the Yamaha receiver, and then connect the receiver to the TV (as opposed to connecting them directly to the TV like I am now), and use the Digital Optical Output on the TV to connect to one of the Digital Optical Inputs on the receiver. Here are my questions:

1. What is the benefit of having the cable box and Blu-Ray player run through the receiver first? I could use the digital optical out on my Cable Box and Blu-Ray player to connect them to the receiver for audio purposes and still leave the HDMI direct connections in place.

2. Will I still get a full HD (1080i) picture on the TV from the Blu-Ray and Cable Box if run through the receiver first?

3. If I do connect those components that way, will the receiver always have to be on, even if I am just watching TV or Blu-Ray with the sound only coming out of the TV speakers (not the stereo)? Would those components even display pictures or sound if the receiver was turned off?

Again, I am a newbie and I just replaced my old Sony receiver that I had purchased in 1999. I appreciate any help you can give me.

Thanks!
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Hello,

This is my first post. I have a Sony Bravia HDTV with 2 HDMI inputs. I connect my cable box and Blu-Ray player directly to the TV using the 2 HDMI inputs.

Yesterday I bought a new stereo receiver, a Yamaha RX-V375. This receiver has 4 HDMI Inputs, 1 HDMI Output, 2 Digital Coaxial Audio Inputs and 2 Digital Optical Inputs.

The Yamaha owners manual says to connect the Blu-Ray player and the cable box to the Yamaha receiver, and then connect the receiver to the TV (as opposed to connecting them directly to the TV like I am now), and use the Digital Optical Output on the TV to connect to one of the Digital Optical Inputs on the receiver. Here are my questions:

1. What is the benefit of having the cable box and Blu-Ray player run through the receiver first? I could use the digital optical out on my Cable Box and Blu-Ray player to connect them to the receiver for audio purposes and still leave the HDMI direct connections in place.

2. Will I still get a full HD (1080i) picture on the TV from the Blu-Ray and Cable Box if run through the receiver first?

3. If I do connect those components that way, will the receiver always have to be on, even if I am just watching TV or Blu-Ray with the sound only coming out of the TV speakers (not the stereo)? Would those components even display pictures or sound if the receiver was turned off?

Again, I am a newbie and I just replaced my old Sony receiver that I had purchased in 1999. I appreciate any help you can give me.

Thanks!
The best connect method would be Bluray player to your AVR (Yamaha) cable box to AVR and any other sources to AVR then single HDMI cable to TV The Yamaha will decode any audio signals 5.1 / 7.2 HDdts MA etc.
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Thanks for the reply!

Will running the HDMI's to my Yamaha affect the picture quality or resolution at all?

Will the Yamaha receiver have to be on to watch TV or Blu-Ray?

What would be the disadvantage to connecting directly to the TV (bypassing the Yamaha) and then using the digital audio outs on the individual devices to run into the Yamaha?

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Thanks for the reply!

Will running the HDMI's to my Yamaha affect the picture quality or resolution at all?
Will not affect PQ

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Will the Yamaha receiver have to be on to watch TV or Blu-Ray?
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What would be the disadvantage to connecting directly to the TV (bypassing the Yamaha) and then using the digital audio outs on the individual devices to run into the Yamaha?
Your TV will not decode various sound codecs. DTSHD MA and others, etc
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As ImRizzo says, the receiver should be the center of the home theather with the speakers, input devices and TV all converging there. That is where the decoding and processing and switching takes place. Doing it any other way is always a compromise.
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