Last year I purchased a Yamaha Surround RX-V371 Reciever; this is a Reciever that can play all the new formats, including Digital Dolby PLUS (Netflix streams 5.1 sound in this format.) All in all, I'm very pleased with this reciever.
All I truly needed was the addition of a powered sub-woofer to complete my 5.1 system. Soo, I asked for a powered sub-woofer for Christmas..
Bless their hearts, my wife and daughter thought they were really giveing me a greater gift than a powered sub-woofer. They gave me a Yamaha Front Surround ATS-1010 Soundbar.
Now..my Yamaha RX-V371 reciever is a 500 watt reciever. I have JBL book shelf speakers, including surround rear speakers that are rated for 100 watts per speaker.
The Yamaha ATS-1010 SoundBar has TWO front 30 watt speakers and a small 60 watt sub-woofer in the soundbar.This soundbar is a reciever in itself, claiming to provide a full 7.1 surround sound experience through their amazing "Yamaha's Excusive Air Surround Extreme" technology. Hmmmm. yeah, right.
I honestly think that the Yamaha SoundBar is NOT as good as, nor offers the functionality of my Yamaha RX-V371.
I truly didn't wish to disappoint my wife and daughter. We tried to plug the Optical Sound cord into the Optical Sound port in the back of my Yamaha RX-V371..then plugged in the new Soundbar, then tried to play audio through the soundbar.While there was audio through the Book shelf speakers, there was NO audio at all through the Sound Bar.
I've looked all through the manual for my Yamaha Reciever.. that optical Port in the back of the reciever SHOULD have worked.. it appears in the manual as an OPTICAL OUTPUT port. BUT, it didn't work at all. I MUST be doing SOMETHING wrong.BUT I can't figure what it might be.
I have EVERYTHING (blu ray, WD TV Live Media Player, the cable box) hooked up via HDMI cable to the Yamaha RX-V371 Reciever, from there, via a single HDMI to the Samsung A630 HDTV set.
The manual for the Samsung HDTV set does not indicate that the Optical Output only outputs 2.00 channels, OR 5.1 sound.
I would like to be able to use this Soundbar to please my wife.. she wanted me to have the soundbar, because THEN we wouldn't have to deal with messy speaker wire all over the living room. BUT I've no wish to give up using my Yamaha RX-V371 either.
My question is, then; how do I hook up this Soundbar to the Reciever? OR is it even possible ? Thank you for any advice.