A friend has asked to help with her setup, and for the first time I'm lost. Before I drive 50 miles to connect it all it's worth gaining some knowledge. I have no experience with soundbars.
She has a Panasonic G25 plasma display and a Panasonic SC-HTB520 soundbar. Input sources are a Panasonic blu-ray and Dish DVR. Apparently everything worked fine (although looking at the connections manual for the soundbar I don't know how) with these two devices connected. Now she has added a Roku, audio will only play through the TV. Apparently when first turned on there is audio from the Roku for a few seconds before it goes mute. I do not know how the devices are connected, the cords confused her
I'm guessing this has something to do with HDMI ARC. What little reading I have done would indicate this only works with one input, I don't know how she has it working with two.
In order to get all three devices working I suppose I could install an HDMI switch (which one?). She has also indicated that an AVR would work, as she would also like a headphone jack.
If there is some crazy magic that can be used to just connect all three devices and have them work that would be great, otherwise either of the two options above are the next step.
If someone can verify:
HDMI output from soundbar to TV HDMI1 (ARC) input
HDMI output from AVR to soundbar HDMI in
Will this pass both audio and video (the panasonic soundbar appears to pass through vid, not sure) such that the AVR can be used to switch the three input sources? Otherwise, will I have to use an AVR with two HDMI out, splitting audio and video?
Note: the Panasonic soundbar also has optical input, although this is only 2 channel, and without the benefits (whatever they are) of ARC.
For reference, here is the documentation link to soundbar:http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/SCHTB520.PDF
Thanks much in advance.