So this is my setup I have planned (just ordered the sound bar):
40ex720 ARC --> HDMI 1.4 --> 550w ARC
PS3 Slim --> HDMI --> 550w
X360 --> HDMI --> 550w
WDTV Live --> HDMI --> 550w
Rogers STB --> HDMI (Video) --> 40ex720
Rogers STB --> Optical (Audio) --> 550w
I think this set up should work but potential issues come to mind:
1. Originally, I had all my electronics (PS3, X360, etc) connected to all 4 of my HDMI inputs on my TV and each has their own custom Picture Settings.
Now by having them connected from my 550w to my TV, I'm going to assume I will be losing my custom settings that i have from their original inputs and will have to use one standard setting since they will all be connected through that single HDMI Input.
The only workaround I can think of would be to connect my PS3 and X360 to the soundbar and have them as their own input and have identical picture settings.
As for the WDTV, I can connect it straight to my TV using another HDMI port for the video feed but this is where I'm curious on how to get 5.1 audio transmitted directly to the soundbar.
Does ARC allow the audio to transmit to the soundbar through that single ARC-enabled HDMI Port as long as a device is connected to the TV?
I'm still confused on how ARC works. Can anyone give me some tips?