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Foxman
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So, I am finally upgrading my 20 year old Rotel processor (works great but no HDMI) for a used 2016 Anthem that offers a wide variety of connection options. For video, the clear winner seems to be HDMI, but is that true for audio?

I have the option for HDMI (7 inputs), component (5 inputs) , optical (3 in puts), & Coaxial (2 inputs). From what I understand, I can assign any audio input with any video input. Since I haven't had to deal with this many variations, what is the preferred order of operation. Any in put (pun intended) would be appreciated.

 

The ones I am unsure about that I will be connecting is a Tivo device with a variety of options & an external DAC which I run my phone through. I'm pretty sure everything else is HDMI only, unless my Blue Ray offers a component or Coaxial option.

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HDMI is the only format that will transfer lossless audio.  If you're listening to anything that is encoded with codecs like DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, etc, you'll only be able to hear them with HDMI.

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21 minutes ago, Foxman said:

Thanks. Seems like a no-brainer then. Not sure why an end user would choose different audio input than HDMI.

make sure to buy Gold-plated HDMI cables , there is actually a difference in sound quality as they have better and Larger conductors

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