using non-hdmi home theater system with blue ray


I have a nice McIntosh multi-channel receiver and amp setup, but it is not HDMI ready. Can I simply use it for the audio portion of my home theater and run the HDMI directly from the blue ray player to my tv? Picture from blue ray; sound from McIntosh. Any problems with that configuration?

thanks in advance,

rustler
rustler
It will work but depends on the audio input/processing of the Mac and the output capabilities of the player.

If your Mac has a multichannel analog input (5.1 via 6 RCA analog inputs), get a player that has the comparable outputs (like one of the Oppos), then you can get the HD audio that way while the HDMI video goes to the TV.

If not, you will be forced to use the S/PDIF digital audio link and that will preclude getting HD audio, although you can get multichannel.

The only possible crimp, and this is unpredictable, is that there may be a lack of exact synch between audio and video.

Kal
In fact, you may be getting a better picture with this configuration than those who run HDMI through an AVR first and then to the TV.

I have not had sync issues, but most AVR's enable you to correct sync anyway. (Assume a Mac multi-channel set up would also.)
You wont notice any benefit or degradation in quality by going or not going through a processor. If your monitor is under 60 or even 80in 1080p wont matter anyway so you could just go 720p via comp video cables. You will miss the at times benefit if latest audio formats but again thats no deal breaker.
Try it. The only problem that may occur would be the sync (AKA lip sync) like mentioned above. Plus it would keep the full resolution of your TV also.

Also FWIW, if you have a 32" TV, you could see the 1080P picture difference at a 4 foot distance. So why degrade it?
Not true at 32in but its not worth a lengthy debate. For what its worth there is little point to buy 1080 at sizes under 58in while its still at a somewhat premium but this is tail end of that era.
12-19-11: Chadnliz
Not true at 32in
Here is a couple of links that seem to believe this to be true. Some of it is for 20/20 average sight. Some people do see better.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_television][http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter]
Correction for the Wikipedia link I posted.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum_HDTV_viewing_distance]
For what its worth there is little point to buy 1080 at sizes under 58in while its still at a somewhat premium but this is tail end of that era.
Chadnliz (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)

It is very noticeable on my 50" and 52" sets also.
Many need public to buy into it for sales. Lets say at 4ft it is true, how many watch true 1080p material and then sit 4ft away? Answer is pretty ckear.
My Pro isn't HDMI ready and I have a OPPO /w multi-channel, too. My HDMI video is connected directly to a 60 inch screen from the OPPO. All audio sources are connected directly to my pro. My pro has a delay dial on the front panel if voices and video don't quite synch-up together. This has worked perfect in my system, too.

A side note - I demo'd the new 60 inch Sharp Elite Pro TV last week. Very noticably, it has the best picture I've ever seen. It has a proprietory refresh rate program that betters 240. The clarity and depth was stunning.
Like you said, it's not worth the debate.
Sorry Soundsbeyondspecs. My last post was for Chadnilz.
Lets say at 4ft it is true, how many watch true 1080p material and then sit 4ft away? Answer is pretty ckear.
Chadnliz (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)

I would guess a lot more people may do this (especially with computers and video games) than the ones that watch it on a 720P, 90" projector TV like yourself. We can see 1080P on a 1080P TV. No debate here.
I have a 1080p Sony LcOS projector, I got rid of the 720p 3 yrs ago and have 100in screen now. I got the new one just because it fell in my lap and was too good to pass up, the 720 was just fine.
Wow I need to update system and pics, its way behind!
This is exactly what I'm doing. Oppo BDP-95 via 7.1 to my Krell HTS7.1 and via HDMI to my Pioneer FPJ-1. Oustanding picture and sound. Really have no reason to upgrade
Thank you all so much! As usual audiogonners to the rescue.
I had to do something very simalar recently. I bought a Panasonic ST30 Plasma and ran the Audioquest HDMI from the HDCable box to the tv just for video and ran the audio from the analog rca outs of the cable box into my Linn Integrated amp.

The picture is beautiful and the sound is awesome with no lip sync issues at all. I guess I got lucky here as my Linn has no time delay to adjust for any lip sync problems.

I wish you the best of luck as well!