Recently converted our DISH from SD to Hd with the addition of a new 722 HD receiver. Our stick house tv is one of the original plasma tv's (read very expensive) and it didn't have an HDMI connection so we had to use component cables for both the video and audio.
Our mh tv is relatively new and does have both component and HDMI. Obviously, when I put the 722 in the mh, I want to use the HDMI cable.
My question is: does the HDMI cable also carry audio signals or do I have to run separate cables for sound.
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Yes, HDMI carries the audio signal as well as the picture signal. Believe me, you will be glad you have HDMI with all the HD channels with Dish. One thing you should know. When you hook up your receiver you want to connect the coax output to the house coax cabling so you can get a signal back to the bedroom television (if you have one, some do not). Once you have done this you need to go into the receiver menu, find the modulator settings and make sure it is set to CABLE and not TV. Once this is done, use the bedroom television menu to scan for channels and you should get 2 channels. One for the front television and one for the back television (if you have the dual channel receiver). My receiver is a dual channel receiver. I can watch the same channels as on the living room television or I can watch the channels designated on the bedroom television.
I hope this helps with your setup. Let us know....
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Yes we do have the rear tv and we also have a switching unit up front that will switch either tv to a multitude of different inputs, including DVD, cable, OTA tv, and sat.
What I did with the old 625 was to take the #1 tv output of the 625 and ran it to the switch box's tv#1 input and then ran the #2 output of the 625 and ran it to the switch box's AUX input. Put the front tv on Ch 3 and the rear on Ch 73. This worked just like at home and allowed both tv to be separate from each other.
With the new 722, I will run the HDMI cable from the 722 directly to the front TV and will still have the switch box's tv#1 rg-6 output running to the front tv. This should allow me to continue to have DVD, OTA tv, cable by switching the tv's "input" selector to match the switch box. The DVD already has component cables from the DVD to the TV.
Since I don't have HDMI cable running to the rear tv, it will just have to make due with the regular rg-6 cable so I will run an rg-6 from the tv#2 output of the 722 to the switchbox tv#2 input. Here at home the #2 tv is fed entirely by an rg-6 cable.
Hopefully this should work. Prior to us heading out in June, I will take the 722 and install it in the mh and see if my theory will hold water.
I think, now, that all tv's get audio through the HDMI cable. I still have an early CRT (tube) type, Sony 34", HD that uses HDMI for video but you have to hook up two audio cables to get sound. It's still a great tv. Weighs 196 lbs.
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Have you had bad experience with others? If yes, can you provide brand names. I purchased my cable from Walmart and for $34 bucks it better be a good one. Unfortunately, I threw the package away so I don't know the brand name of it.
This one stated it was Laptop to TV, but the salesman said it would work just fine for my application (sat receiver to TV). It has the same connectors on both ends.
In the past there have been HDMI cables that have had issues carrying the audio. I have not researched this in depth. It may very well have been that some device manufacturers and some HDMI cable manufacturers were not strictly adhering to the HDMI specs - for HDMI ports or the cables. So I read a lot of user reviews and settled on the Mediabridge brand. The cables appear to be very well constructed and I have been thoroughly pleased with their performance.