Obviously I have some misconceptions about what's going on behind my hardware thanks for the clarifications everyone. Some follow up questions:
By the way it's back on occasion.
Originally Posted by BIslander
Gumption or not, you cannot route optical through a TV as TVs don't have optical inputs, just outputs.
I was going to check my back panel schematic, before re-routing anything thanks for the heads up. I could have sworn there was an optical "in" on the TV. My mistake.
Originally Posted by HDMI Guy
I think you are making this too complicated. I would connect the satellite box to the BH9220BW with an HDMI cable. Use the existing HDMI cable from the ARC on the BH9220BW to the ARC on the TV. If ARC is working (which it is) there is no need for the optical cable.
I think I see what you're saying........
With the HDMI feed from the Sat.Box to the BH9220BW I'll be processing the audio and
video through the BH9220BW? If so that would mean all video is being feed via the ARC/HDMI connection in all cases, both BR player and Sat.Box. So now ARC when activated on TV powerup will powerup the BH9220BW, the TV reverts to the last input choosen, this being the HDMI/ARC port since it's the only one in use now (as the HDMI out from the Sat.Box is now being feed into the BH9220BW). The BH9220BW will only
feed video, the audio will go directly out the speakers of the BH9220BW? The TV will not be processing any sound what so ever? Another benefit would be not needing to switch the TV's input from Sat.Box to BR Player as it's currently set up that way. Also out of sync audio would be all but eliminated?
Please tell me I have it correct
Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
- HDMI audio: uni-directional audio.
- ARC HDMI audio : bi-directional audio.
- Audio format capability for ARC and Optical: discrete 5.1 audio
- Advantage of ARC: eliminates the need to use an optical cable.
- Disadvantage of ARC: both devices must be ARC capable (tv and receiver).
Why does optical straight from the Sat Box to the to the BH9220BW sound different and use different amounts of speakers, than the HDMI feed to the TV (from the Sat.Box) then out the ARC/HDMI to
the BH9220BW? Even when I have the TV's ARC/AUDIO option set to "bypass"? Does the TV process the sound to some extent even with it set to "bypass"?
Because I do like the way it sounds via the TV's processing (if that's the case). Although it will often use less speakers it's not nearly as intrusive as the optical feed that is direct from the Sat.Box to the BH9220BW. I'm assuming that the HDMI feed (as suggested above), from the Sat.Box to the BH9220BW, will be nearly identical in sound as the direct optical(?).
My assumption or less than up to date information was that the optical direct was always the best choice when wanting the full spectrum of sound (although not always desired). That's the way it felt with previous incarnations of surround for me (Sony and Yamaha Natural Sound receivers).
In trying to be accurate and concise as possible I may have inadvertently become long winded.
Thanks for plowing through it all.
PS: Still don't know why this interruption is happening, but straightening out a lot of assumptions I have made is good stuff.