HDMI audio vs optical audio
by FMCook - 4/4/09 10:19 AM
my receiver has HDMI but it seems to be broken. it works fine for video but I've never been able to get audio to work. I could take it to the repair shop as ONKYO suggested but that's a lot of cables to disconnect. so far I've just gotten over it and run a separate optical cable for audio. seems to work okay. I think I'm getting a full 7.1 surround signal.
so now I'm looking at BluRay. the new Samsung 3600 is a very tempting upgrade. it has HDMI, optical audio, and 7 separate RCAs. is the audio signal really the same on all three outputs? if HDMI doesn't work, should I just connect the optical and get over it? will I still get 7.1 when it the DVD is recorded with it or is the optical signal dummied down from the other two choices.
I do have another option. instead of running the HDMI through the receiver I could run it directly to the TV and then use the digital audio output from the TV to feed back to the receiver. will I lose any audio capability that way? in theory there is a convenience factor in running both video and audio through the receiver but I've got a really good universal remote so that turns out to be a non-issue as my remote can be programmed to change the input in use on the TV when I select an activity.