So my Onkyo AVR (TX-SR705) receiver finally kicked the bucket last week. No great loss there, I had been quite frustrated with the bitmap audio decoding inside.
A trip to my local electronics store found me with a new Sony AVR (STR-DN1070) and a copy of Madden17 for PS3 in tow. The Sony had the things I wanted in an AVR: HDMI 2.0 pass-through, Bluetooth RX and TX, Spotify and GoogleCast connect, 7.2 Hi-Res audio, and 2nd zone amps for my deck speakers.
I only had one little niggle during installation - no phono preamp. That was easily remedied by the purchase of an external preamp, which provides better quality audio anyway.
I hooked all my sources, display, and speakers, then ran through the setup process with no issues. I cracked open my new copy of Madden17 and sat on the sofa for what I thought would be a relaxing preseason event. Halfway through my first preseason game, I realized I had a problem...
The commentary of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz had been replaced by Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis. I found the new commentary unbelievably irritating... as in untenable. 'No problem' I thought, I can use the video from the PS3 and change the audio source to my HiFi turntable. However, I found the new AVR could not multitask and would change the video output when any audio input was selected. 'This cannot stand!' I thought to myself, and devised a clever plan to put Brandon and Charles where they belonged... the halls of utter silence.
I used TL-DA12-HDs (a 1x2 HDMI distribution amp) to split all my HDMI sources to the AVR and to my TV, and reprogrammed my remote. In this way, I could select the PS3 as a video source directly into my TV, and listen to whatever audio source I want when playing Madden; and I could still get the full HDMI audio stream into the AVR when I wanted to watch a movie. My setup now looked something like this:
With this all completed, I put Big Star's "#1 Record" on the turntable, and sat back down on the couch for (hopefully) a relaxing preseason event...
Two minutes into 'The Ballad of El Goodo', Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a crossing route for a 68 yard touchdown to put the Packers up 7-0 on the Raiders. I knew that all was right with the world.