I'm having an issue with an older Denon AVR-689. It processes HDMI video but not the sound. It's an older model before they put sound in the HDMI so I end up processing the signal separately. I want to upgrade the Denon AV Receiver to allow for better sound. Currently running 5.1 sound ,<grin> and want to make the jump to better speakers and a more efficient surround sound system. I can only get the surround sound to work when I have the shows on FF. I know it's an oddity with my system. It's a small room, don't need a lot of power, just enough to fill the room (12' x 20') with enough sound to enjoy the BluRay movies and so on.
Now I have digitized most my DVD library onto an Enterprise level server running CAT5e cables to each TV and into a matching computer at each location. (I have two matching locations in the house) I've been using the WMC for capturing live TV and PVR and then draw HULU and Netflix into the rooms to supplement the entertainment without going cable or satellite.
Some of the questions I face now are; what is the best bang for my buck for a receiver to process the signals from the computer (internet), the server (streaming localized movies), and I hope to include the Sirius/XM Radio soon, and still get the full surround sound from the all the entertainment options.
Do I run all the signals into the computer first, then to the tuner/receiver, then to the Television, or how would this wiring work best? Since the computer is the PVR, I think I need to have that in the mix. But would the receiver take a signal from the server and run the movies without the computer between them? Do I take the signal from the computer into the TV first then process the surround sound out of the TV into the Receiver?
What issues might I run into?
Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!