Originally Posted by glenngreen
I am considering the new Vizio 54" 5.1 wireless soundbar. I currently have my xbox and bluray player connected to the TV via HDMI, along with the cable box (also HDMI). Will I be able to get 5.1 via the HDMI(ARC) port to the soundbar for all 3 sources, or will I have to route each source to the soundbar first and only use HDMI out to the TV? Put simply, does the TV put out 5.1 sound for all sources through the ARC port? How about the optical port?
glenngreen - I think this is the Soundbar you are considering. I believe the best way to hook everything up is as follows:
From Cable Box (HDMI) to TV (Samsung) - HDMI 1 "In" - Sammy TV
From Bluray (HDMI) to TV (Samsung) - HDMI 2 "In" - Sammy TV
From Xbox to TV (Samsung) - HDMI 3 "In" - Sammy TV
From Samsung TV (Optical "Out") to Soundbar "Optical In"
Then - - you just toggle inputs on the Samsung (HDMI source) and the sound from each device should play through the selected "Optical" Input on the Soundbar remote.
ARC passes back audio from the same HDMI cable and that is usually in a "Receiver" configuration. Since you get sound from HDMI as well as video, that should provide the audio signal for all your device sources (Cable/Bluray/Xbox) since they are connected via HDMI. Optical is limited to 5.1 and since yours is a 5.1 system, it doesn't affect you.
You could also use an HDMI switch (three inputs to one output). It's an option and all you would do is keep everything on HDMI 1 for the TV and you wouldn't have to use the Optical cable. You would use the HDMI switch for each source.
Hope this helps. If not, always order through Amazon so you can send it back! (It should work.)
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