Best way to get Sky output to AV receiver & TV at same time

Langkawi

Active Member
Hi All,

Am sure this will have been posted but couldn't find threads so apologies if this is repeated question.

Recently bought decent AV receiver with good upscaling abilities to 'upscale any source' [Onkyo SR608].

Have connected Sky HD box to receiver using HDMI.

But I'd also like to have Sky connected direct to TV as g/f isn't a technology enthusiast and switching receiver on off just to watch tv may annoy her. Plus would like to be able to have TV picture on at same time as music thru receiver.

So my thinking is that HDMI is best connection into Onkyo therefore the better it receiver the better a job it does of outputting full 1080i to TV. Am thinking more of the Sky non-HD channels for upscaling. Is this correct?

If so, then what output is best for Sky to TV direct. [Sky HD box only has one HDMI out - why Rupert, oh why!] There is a RS-232, a S-video, scart and component. I'm think S-video? Is this the 2nd best after HDMI and will this do HD channels any justice?

Or do I have this back to front and should I be looking to use HDMI output direct to TV and other combination to the AV receiver?

Cheers,
Alan
 

Miss Chief

Well-known Member
A Sky +HD box will only output 2.0 stereo via HDMI. I'd suggest HDMI to the TV for your GF to watch without having to turn the amp on and then optical or coaxial from the HD box to the amp so you can have surround sound if you wish by simply turning the amp on.

The HD box will upscale SD pictures for you, assuming you have chosen 1080i in the picture menu. Whether the TV, amp or HD box has a better upscaler however is a matter for debate.
 

Stevenage Neil

Well-known Member
Miss Chief is entirely correct, but by the sounds of it:- "But I'd also like to have Sky connected direct to TV as g/f isn't a technology enthusiast and switching receiver on off just to watch tv may annoy her.", you have bigger problems........
 

logiciel

Moderator
Yes, there's not a lot of point in putting the Sky through the Onky. I did that for a while more for tidiness than for any other reason. Now it goes direct to the TV. The digital audio connection is essential though, whichever way you do it, and if it's additional to the HDMI it has to be set to take precedence.
 
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ianbuckley

Active Member
If so, then what output is best for Sky to TV direct. [Sky HD box only has one HDMI out - why Rupert, oh why!] There is a RS-232, a S-video, scart and component. I'm think S-video? Is this the 2nd best after HDMI and will this do HD channels any justice?
Just for info:
For visual: HDMI > Component > Scart > S-video > Composite
 

logiciel

Moderator
OK, so it's: For video: HDMI > Component > Scart RGB> Scart > S-Video > Composite> RF. :D
For which now read: HDMI > Component > Scart RGB> S-Video> Scart > Composite> RF.
 
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Stevenage Neil

Well-known Member
I think, (know), you have Scart and S-Video the wrong way round.
 

logiciel

Moderator
Yes, I hovered on that one. I thought of putting = between them.
 

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