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AV Receiver or HDMI Switcher? What do you suggest?

Discussion in 'Google TV General Discussion' started by twospirits, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. twospirits

    twospirits Member

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    I honestly don't know if this is the right section to post this question since it involves Google TV (using the Sony NSZ-GS7) and a Roku 3 and another hardware component (AV Receiver or HDMI Switcher) so bare with me. If it is in the wrong section, mods please move it. :)

    Ok, been using the Sony NSZ-GS7 for quite some time now and I am still loving it. Yet upon looking at the excellent comparison chart by revue5 here, I am wanting more. So it seems that my next purchase would be to get a Roku 3 since it has Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Epic, and Crackle that the Sony does not. I'm no longer a TWC customer so the TWC TV app or blockbuster one I won't use anyway.

    So being that is the case, (having both a Sony and a Roku), according to the next 2 graphics by revue5 showing the possible setup it seems that they all tie in either using a AV Receiver or a HDMI switcher.

    Therefore, a few questions for those that have multiple set-top boxes...

    1-What do you guys use to tie them together, a AV receiver or a HDMI Switcher?
    2-What are the Pros and Cons of using a AV Receiver or HDMI Switcher?
    3-Any recommendations (brand, price etc)?

    Thanks

    TS
     
  2. Wisdom

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    I use both HDMI (Special $2.00 plus HDMI cables THE BEST FOR GTV DEVICES, see my HDMI cable thread http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...-cores-picture-pixel-crystal-clear-video.html ) ... I use the HDMI Switcher to, a must have ...! AV Receiver, I have a Sony AV receiver 7.1, (Home Theater System) with "Bose Speakers, because it has so many audio option modes ... I love the Sports Stadium Mode, it makes it sound like you are inside the Stadium at the game, sweet ... Plus it has so many bells and whistles at a very low cost ...
     
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    If you want surround sound in addition to HDMI switching, you want an AV Receiver with HDMI audio/video processsing. If not, then an HDMI switcher will be preferred. I would think you want surround, 5.1 or 7.1 with speakers requiring a surround sound amp of some sort. I prefer Yamaha and have three Yamaha AV receivers in house. None of my models are current but a current model Yamaha AV receiver is about $300 these days.
     
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    Hi,

    FYI,

    • "HDMI Switch Box" only passes-through A/V signal "as is" to the TV, where the TV processes audio/video & drives its 2 speakers (for stereo sound).
    • "AV receiver" decodes audio signal & drives its 6 (or more) speakers (for surround sound) - some AVR may enhance the video signal (w/advance options).
    • "HDMI Switch Boxes" & "AV receivers" (mainly) are capable of acting as HDMI switchers between several hdmi-devices.


    Generally, the advantage of using HDMI Switch Box is when you have more devices than your TV hdmi-inputs and you're not in the market for an AV receiver (to output surround sound).

    If you only have GS7 & R3, you have the option (for stereo sound) to connect:

    • GS7 & R3 (& others) directly to the TV hdmi-inputs.
    or,

    • R3 to GS7 hdmi-input then GS7 (& others) directly to the TV hdmi-inputs (assuming no STB).



    Keep in mind; "HDMI Switch Boxes" aren't as reliable as (newer) "AV receivers" (w/ updateable FWs).

    So, here is a tip, if you in the market ... replace all your hdmi cables with new "High speed HDMI cables" ( if you haven't done so already).


    see Illustration of Various Setups - here ..




    have fun ... :)
     
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    The more options you have on your home network the better, go totally advance Hi-Tech in your house ...
     
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    Awesome responses. Thanks

    TS
     
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    Is this a spambot??? (w/ a signature)
     

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