How should I wire my home theater setup?
September 17, 2010 7:19 AM Subscribe
Home theater conundrum. Ok, so, what's the best way to wire this up?
posted by kbanas to Technology (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe there is no "best" way. Maybe there's just a couple different ways, each with their own sets of pros and cons - but I figured I throw it out there.
So, before yesterday I had a 42" LCD monitor I bought off of WOOT! acting as my primary TV. It had ONE HDMI input. My audio receiver, though, a nice number from Onkyo, had 4 HDMI inputs.
In this configuration, I wired all my HDMI devices (cable box, XBOX, media center PC, etc) through the Onkyo receiver, and then just had a single HDMI output run into my TV/monitor.
I was pretty happy with this solution. That meant the TV was basically set to a static input, and I just had to change the input on the audio receiver when I wanted to switch to a different device.
Except yesterday I got a new TV. It's glorious, but it has like 9824 HDMI inputs. Not only that, but the remote seems to be some sort of God-Box type thing. It can apparently control all the rest of my devices, so with a little work I could eliminate my four remote setup down to maybe like, you know, one. It can seemingly control both my cable box and my Onkyo receiver.
So I'm thinking about (read: did this about ten minutes ago) re-wiring everything. I took all the HDMI inputs and now I run them into the TV instead. And now out of the back of the TV I just run a single optical audio cable out and down to my receiver.
This seems kind of like six in one/half-dozen-in-the-other territory. The interface on the TV for switching inputs and such is kind of slick, and the TV regards all the signals as 1080p now (when going through the receiver they were all 1080i) but I don't know if there's a conventional logic to how this kind of thing should be done.
Any thoughts, hive mind?