Due to TWC's always
cutting-edge and modern approach to cable (
), I must use an optical cable to connect to my SC-BTT195 in order to utilize all of my surround sound. TWC does not support Dolby Digital over HDMI (only Dolby AC3 over optical), and when I use HDMI from the cable box, it sounds awful as almost all of the sound comes through my center channel speaker. No bass at all, rear and side speakers are all but useless.
I figured connecting through an optical cable would not be a problem, as when I would want to switch to my 360 or use Pandora on my TV (LG LM7600 - ARC compatible), I could just manually switch to ARC mode. Right?
Wrong. ARC only seems to work unless I have the "TV Audio Input" setting to ARC. There isn't anything in the manual that states the "TV Audio Input" setting does anything other than set a default audio input for when I turn on the TV or switch inputs. Manually switching to ARC when "TV Audio Input" is set to anything other than ARC doesn't work. I've got an HDMI 1.4 cable plugged into the ARC-labeled port on my TV, so I do not understand why it will not work. If ARC is not usable in this case, then why do they allow it as a selectable input when ARC isn't set as the default?
Panasonic has been absolutely non-helpful with the issue, and they don't seem to understand it whatsoever from the few responses I could get them elicit. All they've told me is, "We suggest using an optical cable to connect from your TV." Well, that would work fine and dandy if TWC cable boxes supported Dolby Digital over HDMI... I have since put in a suggestion to them to add this in their next generation of cable boxes. Fat chance that'll get anywhere, but it doesn't hurt anything but my own time.
Here's a very crude drawing of my setup:
Is there something I am doing wrong? The only other solution I can think of is a very expensive auto-optical switcher, and connect both my TV and cable box to it.