[QUOTE=servtrkr;2465912]My receiver (Pioneer VSX-818V) has 2 hdmi inputs and 1 output but according to their manual to hear audio you must also make an audio connection i.e. rca, optical, etc. which is a major pain-in-the ass (excuse my language). Is there a way around this i.e. hdmi switch? or am I forced to purchase a new receiver - and if so, recommendations on what mfg/model so I don’t run into this again?[/QUOTE]
There are two different types of HDMI on receiver’s
No repeated handshakes of the HDCP codes. Will only allow video to pass through and requires a separate audio connection.
Repeats the the handshakes of the HDCP codes and allows both video and audio to pass through.
- Note future updates of the HDCP code may require a firmware update or a device that support the change.
You have what is called HDMI Passthrough/Switching. You want to look for receiver’s that support HDMI Repeater. As what pipemanid pointed out.