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Nov 10

Chapter I: Put my receiver out to pasture? Never!

As I stand here examining my “home theater system” the way a jockey would examine his horse, I can’t help but once again think of Don Quixote—witless knight errant sallying forth in pursuit of a fruitless dream with rusty steed and cobbled-together armor, refusing to see the absurdities of his desperate desires. Quixote’s problem? Delusion. He really thought he could accomplish the job (righting wrongs, redressing grievances, repairing injustices, and discharging duties) through shear will power alone. Sigh. The power of internal suggestion.

But I do believe my Onkyo can carry me into the glories of entertainment battle where it will slay my components with a single HDMI cable. Oh yeah, my receiver doesn’t have an HDMI output. It wasn’t meant to. It was built for pure, two-channel output and that’s exactly why I purchased it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m not in this for some behemoth surround-sound experience. I just want to pipe all my audio through my sound system, specifically, out to my gorgeously sexy Klipsch Synergy F1s (100W, 1” tweeter, 5” high-frequency Tractrix horn, 6.5” woofer) via my AudioQuest Type 4s (dealer accommodations rule). And I want to stream Netflix. Seems like a modest enough request.

TX-8255 rear panel

One look at the rear panel on the TX-8255 and even the most emotionally generous videophile is going to think I’m nuts. I know. I know. If I want all the latest technical accoutrements, then why don’t I get the right receiver? (Or a new HDTV.) Well, truth be told, I really don’t want to buy another receiver or TV. Call me cheap, but I don’t want to pay for a bunch of technology I don’t need. It’s my Depression-era-ingenuity upbringing. I really just want to be able to work with what I have.

About that HDTV. It’s an older Samsung. It does have one HDMI port and two composite inputs and two component inputs, so RCA is an option. And maybe I should mention my Sony BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray player. It’s got Wi-Fi!—that only gets me BD-Live content. Bummer. Then there’s the Dell laptop. I thought installing Windows 7 in hopes of utilizing DLNA networking capabilities would solve some issue, but that was back when I thought I could access my network via the BDP-S1000ES.

And this is where it all starts to fall apart. I have this mish-mash of parts that refuse to cohere, mostly due to the lack of HDMI ports. So somebody out there must have some ideas. Throw ‘em at me. I’m dying to hear them.

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