With modern recievers, when putting the red/white/yellow connections from components into the reciever, should the reciever pass video from those components to the TV through the HDMI connection or do I need optical/HDMI cables for all my devices?
Just the Red/white/yellow cable. Nothing is working.
Hi and thanks for using JustAnswer! The video will not be passed through the receiver unless there is an analog to digital (A/D) converter built into the unit. Even if this was the case, though... the processing (and subpar initial signal from the composite cable) will seriously degrade the output and will be rendering your HDMI cable essentially useless. It's my advice to use HDMI whenever possible. There is no need to use HDMI and optical audio unless your components dictate otherwise... HDMI carries sound and video.I hope I have been of assistance. If you are satisfied with my answer and feel you can leave me positive feedback, please click Accept.Otherwise, please let me know what else I can do for you.If you are satisfied, there is no need to reply to this post. Doing so will only generate a request for me to reply.It was my pleasure to serve you... thanks again for using JustAnswer!Regards,DanDan T.40398.7613668171
Thanks for the answer. So just to be clear (super noob here) if my device has an HDMI out, I SHOULD use the HDMI out to the HDMI IN on my reciever, and from there a single HDMI OUT from the reciever to my TV will pass both audio and video.
If my component (such as my cable box) has the Red/White/Yellow connector, connect that to the Reciever, and the Cable directly to the TV?
Hi Sheldon,You're entirely correct.If any of your devices have HDMI, use it. It's the highest quality (and easiest) way to transfer audio and video. It's a digital cable for use with high quality digital signals. The next step down is component video (red/green/blue cables for video, then red/white cables for audio). After that is the composite cable you mentioned (red/yellow/white). A TV/home theater setup is only as good as the weakest link... and it's garbage in/garbage out.Regards,Dan
USAF trained; currently teaching electronics for the DoD.