TV HDMI cable connects where? TV or receiver?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Mar 14, 2004
I've ordered an TV and and a HDMI cable. I have a Sony receiver connected via HDMI to the HDMI 1 (ARC) port on the TV.

Do I connect the TV to the secondary HDMI port on the TV or on the receiver?

And which provides better audio quality? Digital audio (Toslink) or audio over HDMI?


macrumors 601
Jul 13, 2008
as with anything like a blu ray player or ps3. If your running one cable from the receiver to the tv why would you even think about plugging in another thing to the tv? you won't get any sound. Everything runs through the receiver except the one hdmi to the Tv...


macrumors 6502a
Jul 21, 2002
Behind you!
And which provides better audio quality? Digital audio (Toslink) or audio over HDMI?
Audio over HDMI. Much more bandwidth — not that it matters right now, since the Apple TV can only do Dolby 5.1 anyway, but it doesn't hurt to plan ahead.


macrumors regular
Apr 18, 2004
Cincinnati, Oh
It depends

Recent receivers have multiple HDMI inputs and the intent is that you have one HDMI output per monitor (TV). This way you plug all of your sources (ATV, BluRay/DVD, Cable, etc) into your receiver and then you use the receiver to switch sources. In this case the digital audio is also carried over HDMI from the source to the receiver and you do not need a separate digital audio (coax/optical) input for each source.

BUT this is relatively recent. Older receivers had multiple other kinds of input (composite/component video/optical audio/RCA audio) so you would have different audio and video in. In this era it was not unusual to send the video direct to the monitor, not thru the receiver because the receiver may not have always been able to switch video. So you would plug in your various sources to the TV direct, video only and switch the video source using the TV input. In this case you might be using the receiver to switch audio only.

SO the answer is: it depends. If you have a modern type receiver, switch everything thru the receiver, it is simpler.

And to answer your other question about audio over HDMI vs audio over optical the answer is also "it depends". Most of the time HDMI will carry it just fine but there are some types of recent complex audio that require a certain recent HDMI implementation.

Hope that helps