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HDMI switching...please explain?????


Standard Member
I'm just getting totally confused now. HDMI carries high definition pictures, yes? If this is the case why feed HDMI into your amp via HDMI input? Surely the amp only processes audio? Can you connect a sky HD box to an amp by other means?

Do I really need HDMI switching :confused: ?


Active Member
Do you need it? No, but you might want it for convenience.

If you have more than 1 HDMI equipped source but only 1 HDMI input on your display you can use the amp to switch the video & audio feeds with one press of the remote control. Plus you only need to run a single HDMI cable to the display which could be uselful if it's wall mounted.

HDMI can carry audio as well as hi-def pictures although I'm not sure this is the case with Sky HD. I think you would use an optical digital cable to connect to your amp.

It's something that will become more useful next year when we start to see HD-DVD or Blu-Ray players & amps with 1.3 spec HDMI connections. I think some of the new sound formats that those players support will only work over HDMI.


well i just bought an amp without hdmi. yamaha rxv100d

didnt think i would need it but might regret but then again i am a novice really


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