HDMI: Progress?

If you were not a member of the A/V club in school, you can skip this post now.

So. Until yesterday, I had the following A/V setup. Our receiver was a Sony STR-DG910. It does video switching, and has 3xHDMI 1.2 inputs, plus some component and composite inputs.

Our monitor was a Westinghouse LVM-37w1 (RIP). We had the receiver connected to it by exactly one cable; an HDMI-DVI cable. (The Westinghouse has no HDMI inputs; only DVI+HDCP.) The only other cable connected to the LVM-37w1 was power. We liked it that way; it meant we didn’t have a lot of spaghetti on the wall (the monitor was wall-mounted).

The spaghetti was behind the A/V rack (really a coffee table), which had a PS3, a Wii, a TiVo HD XL, an Apple TV, the receiver, and a Pioneer DVD changer.

We had the PS3 and the TiVo connected to the receiver via HDMI. The AppleTV wouldn’t output HDMI to the receiver, for reasons unknown to me, so we had it connected via component. Ditto for the Pioneer. The Wii only supports composite or component. The receiver upconverts SD (or component HD) signals to HDMI.

Last night a storm ate the TV (monitor). (And yes, it was plugged into a hot-shit A/V power distribution center, which is apparently worth approximately the same as the contents of our guinea pig cage.) Today I bought a Vizio E470VA to replace it. It has 4xHDMI 1.3 inputs. I intended to connect it the same way as the previous one was: just hook an HDMI cable up from the receiver to the TV.

When I do this, it will not display a picture. It works fine if I connect the various devices (TiVo, PS3, etc.) directly to it. But it will not display a picture sent from the receiver.

So it looks like I’m going to have to connect each device directly to the TV, and switch the video there (instead of in the receiver), and either handle audio separately or connect still another cable from the TV back to the receiver to get the right audio signal to come up.

Instead of two cables (power and HDMI) running up my wall to the TV, I will now have at least 7: Power, TiVo, PS3, AppleTV, DVD, Wii, and audio. This is progress indeed.

Is there an explanation for this that won’t make me want to take a baseball bat to the collective heads of the HDMI standards forum?