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So I picked up a Pioneer vsx-819 at Best Buy the other night. It's not super high end (okay it's not even remotely close to high end), but they had a good price on an open box and I had a gift card to burn, so figured what the hell.
I picked up a pair of RTi10 for fronts a couple weeks ago, have some surrounds around here somewhere and will be picking up a CSi5 soon. I've decided that I'm going to move the LSi7 and HK receiver that's in there currently to my bedroom for a second 2 channel setup, and have decided to go back to a surround setup in the living room.
I wouldn't bother hooking my LSi up to this receiver, but it actually sounds pretty decent with the RTi setup, especially in a medium sized room. I'm still tweaking some things, but I've got it mostly hooked up and have run into a snag and have a question.
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I'm using HDMI connections from my cable box, HD DVD Player, and the PS3 all to this receiver, and then an HDMI to DVI cable from the receiver to my Toshiba TV (the TV only has DVI, no HDMI ports).
So I get everything hooked up, video looks good, but no sound. I spend about an hour troubleshooting before I figure out what's going on. In order to get sound from an input using HDMI, I have to have a 'HDMI Only' path all the way from the source through the receiver to the TV, meaning I need a TV with an HDMI input. I tested this with a couple of the other TVs in the house that DO have HDMI.
When I plug into a TV with HDMI, it works fine, but when I go to one with DVI I get no sound. I'm not real crazy about replacing that TV because it's a RPTV and still has a better picture than anything else out there (that I can afford anyway). So, that leaves me with 3 questions:
1 - Do you guys think this is an issue with this model of receiver, or is that just how the technology works in general? If there are receivers out there that can do what I want, then I may consider one of those over this one.
2 - Any ideas on a way to get around it without replacing my TV?
3 - This one is more of a clarification, but as a workaround right now I'm using the optical connections for audio, with those I am NOT going to get the lossless audio, correct?