So I just received my HDMI splitter from amazon today and I've run into an unforeseen problem.
What I'm trying to do is split the HDMI output of a blu-ray player so that the TV (Samsung PN43D450) gets the HD video signal, and the amp (Denon AVR-3310ci) gets the HD audio signal. The Denon's HDMI output is dead which is why I'm in this mess to begin with.
So the issue currently is that the HDMI splitter works great, TV gets a nice picture, amp gets audio, but I only get 2 channel audio. If I unplug the HDMI cable from the TV - boom, the Denon gets the HD audio track, fancy blue light on Denon turns on and all is well.
It seems that the TV wants 2 channel audio and somehow signals to the blu ray player to send a different audio feed? I can't figure out a way to avoid this.
My solution before this was to use an old blu-ray player that could still send HD video out the component output but that player is on it's last legs. I almost snagged a nice Pioneer in the flea market that would have solved the issue as it had 7.1 analog outs.
Anyway, I'm stumped. I'm still testing this with my old blu-ray player (sharp BD-HP16) but it seems like my splitter idea may not actually work.