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Need Advice On Simplifying My Setup

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by DougWare, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. DougWare

    DougWare Mentor

    Apr 21, 2008
    My current setup is rather complicated because my home theater system has no HDMI inputs an only two optical and one coaxial digital inputs.

    I believe I can simply and switch over completely to HDMI connections (except for the WII), if I can find a converter that will pull/convert/split HDMI audio and convert it to a digital optical or coaxial audio. Then I can use the HDMI switch to control the device selection and do not have to worry about switching audio along with a video device or my input limit (I would only be limited by the switch).

    I don't want to replace my theatre system (it's a nice system) or my TV. If I can pull this off with an adapter for less than $150...I'll be happy.

    I've attached a logical diagram of my current and goal layout.

    Does anyone have any input if this is doable, or can recommend a HDMI to HDMI with optical or coaxial digital audio splitter/converter? Any advice or comments would be appreciated!


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  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I don't know if this is a zero-budget situation but if not, it seems to me that an AV Receiver with HDMI switching might be the easiest way to go. You could go HDMI with everything but the Wii and probably go component from Wii to AV receiver. Then one line out to the TV.
  3. DougWare

    DougWare Mentor

    Apr 21, 2008
    I wouldn't say that it's a zero budget situation...but I don't want to replace my AV receiver.

    I would be happy with a $150 solution....
  4. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    My A/V receiver also has no HDMI inputs and I really don't want to upgrade it because of the sizable investment I have in it. What I did was to use my TV's inputs for all HDMI video and the A/V receiver for non-HDMI video. I just programmed my Pronto remote to set the TV (and the A/V receiver) to the appropriate input when switching devices. If you don't have enough HDMI inputs on your TV, you could use an external HDMI switch. The key to making it all work is in the remote's programming.
  5. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007

    I wouldn't change a thing. Just get a universal remote to handle all the audio input switching. Even my $10 universal remote can handle simple macros like that. A $150 remote would be even easier to use and program. As far as I can tell, all your devices have discrete codes (as long as your tv isn't a sammy), so your macros can be rock solid, even on a cheap remote. Once you set up your remote, you only have to press one button and let the remote switch every thing on and pick the right inputs. It's totally seamless.
  6. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Having a tv with no HDMI inputs AND an A/V receiver that lacks sufficient inputs puts you in a tough spot...I was in your same situation, although I had the TV with HDMI inputs, I upgraded my A/V receiver to one with HDMI switching and it was the best decision I could have made.
  7. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Here is a solution for under $150 - a combination HDMI and toslink switcher. It doesn't extract the audio from HDMI. Rather, it has 4 toslink (optical) inputs and 4 HDMI inputs that switch in tandem.

    Other than that, you're looking at switchers that cost as much as or more than a low priced 7:1 receiver (such as products by Octava, Inc -- www.octava.com ).

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