My setup has 4 HDMI sources (Dish, Roku, Apple TV, and a Sony Blu-ray player) routed through a monoprice 8x1 HDMI switch and then into a powered 1x2 HDMI splitter. One of the split HDMI cables runs to my AV receiver and then into the main TV. This setup works perfectly because my receiver handles 7.1 audio.
Everything I described above is in my main TV room.
The second split HDMI cable runs to my bedroom and into a second TV. The problem here is that the 7.1 audio source, usually the Blu-ray player, doesn't downmix to 5.1 surround or stereo, and the TV loses audio tracks - including the primary center channel.
I've checked the Blu-ray player and there are no audio out settings that would seem to help. I've also checked the TV's audio in settings and, again, there are no settings that would seem to help.
So here's my question: does anyone know of an HDMI to HDMI digital converter that will convert 7.1 audio to 5.1 Dolby Surround or to two channel stereo?
I think the other option would be using a soundbar, but I really want to take a minimalistic approach in my bedroom.
Thanks for your hoped-for feedback!