Originally Posted by greeno
no offense taken, but you don't provide enough in about your experiences/gear to see if it's apples to apples or not.
I have exactly his set, just a different AVR (mine is an onkyo 609. I tried to make ARC work WITH MY SYSTEM, and the negatives did not justify the positives.
* 2 OSD's when changing volume, one from the onkyo, one from the TV since aquo link/ARC is active.
* occasional blanking of the screen, probably due to a HDMI handshaking glitch, probably due to the AVR.
I get DD via my optical as the TV passes the bitstream unchanged to the AVR for decoding. Not sure why you're making the analogy that i'm telling him to use a lower gear cause he's going too fast.
Again, with his TV, and my AVR, I too had issues and the way I suggested is not a downgrade in any shape way or form. We're talking about how to get the audio bit stream from netflix streamed over the internet to his AVR. Again, please tell me where I'm wrong. i can point out at least one problem with your suggestion, only HDMI 1 on the sharp is ARC capable.
I'm running an Onkyo 708 and a new Samsung PN60E550 plasma. I'm confused by your OSD comment? On mine as long as the HDMI cable is plugged into port 2 on the TV and the Onkyo is set for TV/CD then ARC just works. No need to manually set anything? I presume that the Sharp is basically the same? From there I just set the Onkyo soundfields to "Straight Decode" for DD, DD+, TrueHD, DTS, etc. Then it's set for PLIIz THX Cinema, Audyssey or whatever for PCM, 2 channel or other multi-channel sources. I change them depending on the source and which format sounds better, but I always leave the Straight Decode alone unless I'm in a playing mood.
I'm running 11 speakers in all, 7.2 plus the 2 extra front speakers that Yamaha calls Presence, I forget offhand what Onkyo calls it? I find that ARC produces a richer sound for some reason than optical does, probably because optical is 5.1 and ARC is 8.1? When it comes to picking which one is best, my Corvette joke was meant in the sense of why would you want extra cables and more layers when the HDMI is already there? I guess my background has a bit to do with it. I spent over 40 years in manufacturing in which I was force-fed to always make the system better for less, with less. So to me in a sense it's like saying, "Check out my spectacular home theater system and I even added all my old 1998 technology to it!"
If Sharp truly has some kind of flaw then I could see your point of using Toslink and just bypass the BS, otherwise, why?
EDIT: One thing just hit me that I always forget about. I'm using a Harmony One remote, so I have 1-button setup for everything in my system. I long forgot what it's like to have 5 different remotes laying there and you have to hit a button on one, then the stereo on another, then the TV, etc.
On my setup I have antenna, satellite, Roku, BD, HD-DVD, CD, Xbox and PS3. 1 button is set for each of those things. All I do is change volume and channels from there. The system is dialed in for each of them. All of them are HDMI connected except the CD is Toslink.