I just bought the UN32F5500 and so far I am really liking it a lot. Of course, I came from a Westinghouse set so anything is going to be an improvement to that.
Anyhow, I didn't see anyone ask this question yet. Have any of you successfully used the Universal Control function with a Tivo? I do not see where Tivo is even an option in the STB setup. I understand what they are doing with this feature but to eliminate Tivo as an option seems odd. Aren't Tivos fairly popular? Maybe they aren't. Who knows. Regardless, if you have experience with it, please let me know what you found. Even if you tried it unsuccessfully too. That would at least tell me that I'm not alone.
Also, I normally run all sources through my AVR and have only one HDMI input on my TV. But, this TV is downstairs in our living room and the entertainment center is such that the AVR is in a cabinet underneath the TV section. I've used an RF transmitter/receiver thing for years now (don't remember what it is called - it has a battery transmitter that you put in the IR remote and a receiver that you run an eye to the device you want to control) but the batteries are losing their life within a day or two now instead of weeks. When I got this TV, I really liked the functions of the source management and the HDMI-CEC control over my PS3 so I thought I'd see if I could install my sources and AVR differently. I only have two source: Tivo and PS3.
So, I did HDMI out of both sources into an HDMI input on the TV. So far, so good. Now that I have video coming into the TV, I need to get audio out to my AVR. The only way I can see to get the audio out to the AVR digitally is via optical connection. So, from the optical out of the TV to the optical in of the AVR and I get sound. Great! Well, not completely. My Yamaha AVR was seeing the source audio coming in as stereo when I know for certain that the channel I had the Tivo on was a 5.1 channel. My first thought was a setting on the Tivo's audio output. Nope. That didn't change anything. I checked the PS3 and encountered the same issue. In the end, some combination of things got my AVR to see the incoming audio (regardless of source) as DTS so I am getting surround sound. What is odd is that normally I would see the source audio channels on the left side of the AVR display and then the output settings on the right side of the display but with this setting, even though it shows DTS, there is no source audio on the left of the display. It only shows the 5.1 channel output setup on the right.
I have read somewhere, probably here, that the new audio codecs are simply transmission protocols and that the audio files within those transmission protocols are actually PCM. As it relates to my issue, they said that as long as you have Multi-Channel input on, you should be getting the same data file that is being decoded by the device prior to your AVR. This was specifically talking about what to do with the OPPO BDP-103 using a 5.1 AVR that did not have the current codecs available but the OPPO could do it and just send out the signal to the AVR in PCM format. To clarify, my OPPO is not being used in this setup. It is just the source of the information about PCM audio that I am referring to.
Can anyone shed a little bit more light on this audio stuff and why it is that an HDMI digital audio signal going into a TV would not go out via a digital optical output and carry the same signal through without issue? It really doesn't make any sense to me why this would even be an issue.
Oh, another thing: I can't seem to find information on whether or not this TV supports ARC on HDMI1. Does anyone know if that is supported? I thought I could use ARC but then I realized that my AVR is slightly too old for that. But, I'd like to find out because I may consider upgrading to a newer AVR that supports ARC just to see if the audio issues go away while connecting everything the way I have described my current setup. Actually, if anyone knows whether the audio is fed through ARC while still supporting the source format, that would be a great thing to know prior to buying another one and testing it out.
Ok, my novel is over for now. Thanks in advance for any help.
Jeremy - Tech Connoisseur