I am about to upgrade my receiver. Old unit does not have HDMI. New one will have several HDMI inputs. I will have a dvd player going to the receiver & a satellite unit (direct tv / dish) also going to the receiver. I always watch dvds in the receiver on for surround sound. i don't alsways want to watch the satellite with the receiver on such as watching news, weather, or other short vewing times nor do I always ant the whole house to have to hear the receiver sound. Question is: Do new units have any ability to have the audio pass through with out the receiver turned on? Or is there some kind of switch I can utilize that I can select the satellite audio to go either direct to the tv or through the receiver when surround is desired.
With HDMI out from the receiver to the tv, all of the necessary audio/video should be streamed through to the tv and a simple volume adjustment of the tv should do the trick instead of the volume control on the receiver.