Originally Posted by PatriotMike
I'm fairly new to this and have a tenuous (at best) knowledge of the technology, so I'm hoping some of you might be able to give me some guidance. We're redoing our family room and getting a UN55HU8550 as part of the process. My old setup had an HDMI cable from the HDTV to the receiver. All the components (TiVO, Roku, etc.) were plugged into the receiver's HDMI ports. I'm wondering if I should keep the same setup with the new TV or if I should plug everything directly into the TV and just use HDMI (with ARC) to send all the audio to the receiver. The wall is open now and since this will be wall mounted, I figure now is a good time to make this decision.
Any thoughts? Thanks!
I would keep your setup with everything plugged into the receiver and then run the HDMI ARC out from the Receiver to the TVs ARC port (HDMI 4) for Smart Hub Apps sound to run back to the receiver. The reason I say that is ARC and Optical Sound have limitations beyond Dolby Digital plus and DTS 5.1. And even beyond that if you had to use PCM on your TV it only outputs 2 channel audio. Your receiver is likely better designed to handle a multitude of audio packages. Now if your devices will only ever output 5.1 Dolby or DTS then it kind of doesn't matter where you plug them in; I just prefer my receiver handles all of my audio that it can. I definitely would never run a Bluray player through the TV then back to the receiver.
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