I want to first say that I have labored over this for hours with no luck, and always had good luck with getting great advice here, so thanks in advance for reading.I have recently bought a Yamaha Rx V373 Receiver. I have a 2 speaker setup currently, and my trouble is with my Pioneer DVD player. It is a karaoke DVD player; the instructions are not in english, but as I can surmise, I MUST use the RCA jacks as outputs to use the Karaoke function (ie microphone). Now, having said that, I would like to have both the use of the DVD players analog (RCA) outputs for karaoke, and its HDMI outputs for movies etc. The DVD player is wired to my Yamaha receiver via HDMI, receiver to TV via HDMI. The DVD player is also wired via RCA to the TV for karaoke, and I have an optical cable from the TV to the input on the receiver.The problem: when i want to use the karaoke function on the DVD player (using the RCA outputs), and of course get the good sound from my receiver for the singing etc, the Yamaha receiver switches to the HDMI input for the DVD player, which then disables the karaoke microphone. I am actually not happy that my receiver switches inputs when I put it somewhere specifically (ie AV4), but maybe it is user error, or user misunderstanding. Thanks for any help on this. Oh, and of course I have gotten karaoke to work by unplugging the HDMI cable from the back of the DVD player, but this isn't preferred, especially considering i'm not the only one using the system. Thanks again in advance
If the Pioneer unit has the appropriate outputs, have you tried using the receiver's "AV 1" or "AV 2" inputs instead of the HDMI? I know you said "I MUST use the RCA jacks as outputs to use the Karaoke function", but it's worth a try. I doubt you will notice any degradation in audio/video quality by using component video and digital audio instead of HDMI. You could also use "AV 3 - 5" but then you may notice some loss of picture quality on DVDs since it is only composite video.What model number is the Pioneer?Also, on p53 of the Yamaha owner's manual it suggests there is a way to "combine" video from an HDMI or component input with digital or analog audio from an AV input.
Embarassingly, this is my first foray into HDMI, and I actually am not so crazy about it, yet.
Quote from: Apesbrain on 28 December, 2012, 01:16:03 PMEmbarassingly, this is my first foray into HDMI, and I actually am not so crazy about it, yet.You aren't alone. HDMI is an invention of Hollywood to prevent illegal copying, but it is sold as an "improvement in sound and picture". In reality the improvements are subtle, if even perceptible, using standard movie and music material. Not some, but rather the majority of professional installers shun it and use analog component video connections instead, since HDMI comes with so many headaches and hoops one has to jump through in order to get it to even work!
HDMI is a mess, a mixture of design by committee and Hollywood-studio appeasing BS. The likely reason your DVD player can't mix in analog signals into its HDMI output is DRM in the first place.