I just noticed on Amazon that the Roku 3 only outputs HDMI. I have an HDMI jack on my Panasonic plasma TV, but my a/v receiver is an older Pioneer model, with no HDMI jacks, only RCA jacks. One of the primary reasons I want the Roku is to stream Netflix (and other services) without having to rely on my plasma's crappy built-in TV speakers, which is what I've had to put up with up until now, by running a simple HDMI cable from my laptop to my TV. I could get a Roku 2, of course, which has RCA outputs, but then I'd give up the apparent extra speed and power of the Roku 3.
Is there an easy, economical way to get the audio (5.1 sound) from the Roku 3 through the old receiver, while the HDMI handles the video through the TV? Or am I looking at having to invest in a new a/v receiver, which I'd rather not do, that supports HDMI?
Would a combination of an HDMI splitter and an HDMI-to-RCA converter work, or do they compromise the audio/video at all?
I should also point out that my a/v receiver (which decodes both Dolby Digital and DTS) has a single digital audio input jack, and currently has a splitter plugged-in, to accommodate both my Blu-ray player and my cheapo region-free DVD player.