Home Theater catch-all

TheGameguru wrote:
Is HDMI 2.1 a desire? That would determine a great deal what you put in between the TV and the Series X

How so? He just got his TV 1-2 years ago so I will ask him the model.
Edit: TV is https://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-49UH610... , Looks like I was off on the 1-2 years old.
3 HDMI (HDCP 2.2) ports.

You won't have to worry about HDMI 2.1 since its relatively new and mostly late 2019 and 2020 model TV's have it.

EvilDead wrote:

@Malor - That's more or less how I have my setup now but he isn't the type of person to fuss with parts. He'll just want to set it up and never think about it again.

He'd probably want to look at an HTIB, then. As long as it uses standard components, it will work with the wiring in the walls, and will let him upgrade pieces later if he wants.

What's the general consensus when it comes to choosing which devices to connect to your TV versus your receiver?

For context I have a 2019 Vizio M558 and I'm looking to pick up the Denon AVR-S750H receiver this week. Devices I already have (in descending order of importance) are an Apple TV 4K, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One (launch edition), PS4+VR (launch console, no HDR pass-through with the VR breakout box), and faithful ol' Xbox 360 -- five devices in total. Vizio has 4 HDMI inputs, Denon has 6 HDMI inputs, and both support ARC and CEC.

I was thinking to connect the Apple TV to the receiver, while connecting the game consoles to the TV. With the Apple TV I care most about audio/video quality, while the consoles I'm thinking more about reducing potential input lag.

Or, should I just plug everything into the receiver and route just one HDMI cable to the TV?

Unless your receiver doesn't do passthrough for all the video formats you need, then I can't think of a reason not to run everything into the receiver. It cuts down the number of cables you need to run, reduces or eliminates any potential audio sync issues, and doesn't leave you at the mercy of your TV's ARC capabilities. Not all TVs pass audio signals back the way you'd expect via ARC, and sometimes they introduce audio lag that it's hard to fix.

Also, in my experience, switching inputs on the TV is slower than switching them on the receiver.

Denon has 6 HDMI inputs, and both support ARC and CEC.

eARC or just ARC? eARC is much better.

Malor wrote:
Denon has 6 HDMI inputs, and both support ARC and CEC.

eARC or just ARC? eARC is much better.

The Denon supports eARC, but my Vizio does not.

I'd probably try consoles to TV, using ARC, to see how it comes out. It's my understanding that regular ARC is iffy with many sound sources. eARC, I guess, can just take any bitstream and pass it through to the receiver, but ARC is very limited, and the TV will often have to do internal conversions. You could see all kinds of weird problems. You could also see totally smooth sailing with no visible impairment. It depends on how good the TV is.

The reason to try that first is that video lag is far more noticeable than audio lag. If the TV's audio chip is slow but passes sound correctly, you probably won't notice its lag. But if the Denon's video chip is slow and inserts an extra frame or two, you might very well feel that.

If ARC doesn't fully work, then the first thing to try is to reduce the quality of the sound signal you're sending, say from DTS-HD to just DTS. If that doesn't work, I'd connect anything that's still unhappy to the Denon instead.

If you want everything to just work without fiddling, on the other hand, connecting everything to the Denon is likely to be absolutely smooth sailing. But it might add some video lag.