Well I guess I will just use an opticle cable from X1 to receiver(I am pretty sure that I can use the opticle audio with the receiver HDMI port that I choose. I will just have to disconnect a lot of things to get to the plug.
I did find an HDMI splitter that will probably work, but is a little too expensive for me. If anyone is interested here is the link.
For almost $200, I can disconnect a few cables. This splitter is pretty nice. You can run 2 monitors from one source and get sound to both monitors, even I'd one monitor is 5.1 and the other is just stereo. A normal splitter will default to the lowest common denominator and you would only get stereo to both monitors.
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I just bought a new Yamaha RX-V479 and connected it to my X1 Arris box. I connected a Blue Ray DVD to the receiver and also my Apple TV box to the receiver. I then connected my Samsung 63" to the receiver. Everything works great and I get surround sound to the receiver from the X1 box fine.
But, then I connected from the X1 box to a HDMI splitter that gives hdmi in to hdmi and component out at the same time. This is done so that I can pass component to my SlingBox. (The X1 has no component out connections) and then hdmi on to the receiver. The X1 box now will only send PCM audio to the receiver as th new splitter evidently is not EDID compatible and the X1 box sees it and not the receiver to determine what audio signal to send.
At at this point I am not certain which way to go.
1). Get an 1x2 hdmi splitter from X1 box to go to the component splitter and at same time feed hdmi to my receiver. Hopefully it will not see the splitter to make the determination of what audio to send from the X1 box.
2). Get an opticle cable and run from X1 box to the receiver. Not sure if this will work as my receiver says it can use the sound for all HDMI inputs on the receiver. I don't want the audio from the X1 box being used for the other ports. There might be a way to pair the opticle to only 1 HDMI port just not sure. It will also be the hardest to try out as everything is in an enclosure and I will have to unhook everything just to get to the receiver to connect an opticle cable.
3). Wait for Comcast to update the box so that you can force the surround sound even tho it doesn't detect compatibility (will probably never happen)
4). Just use the fake surround sound processor built into the receiver for programs from the X1 box. It works but I would prefer the straight thru setting to get what is actually being sent.
Does any one know of a 1x2 HDMI splitter that might work? It can't be switchable, it needs to take HDMI in and simultanouis give 2 HDMI out. One for the receiver and one for the SlingBox without the X1 box thinking it is an audio device and sending PCM only.
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