Great thread, very helpful. I'm still stuck though. I can't get my sound to work properly.
I have a new Vizio razor E-series tv (audio set to Dolby Digital to allow audio pass through)
The Vizio S4251W soundbar (purchased yesterday 8/4/14 at Costco so I assume it's the right firmware?)
A PS3 (set to bitstream via HDMI)
A cable box (Charter)
Right now the PS3 is hooked up to the TV through HDMI. The cable box is hooked up to the TV via HDMI. The TV and soundbar are hooked together via optical.
It should all be working, but it's not. When I watch Netflix on the PS3 I get the Dolby Digital icon to light up. When I try to watch a BluRay I sometimes get Dolby Digital icon (like on menus), but when the movie actually starts I get no icon lights. I don't even get sound at all...unless I use the PS3 in-movie menu (trianlge button) and switch my audio to English2, but when I switch to English2 I only get sound from the soundbar. The satellites are silent. The movie is The Dark Knight Rises if that matters.
I also tried Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2 on Bluray but same thing. Menus are in Dolby (soundbar only though), movie starts and it's silent. No DTS or Dolby icons light up. Sound DOES work in full surround if I switch it on triangle button audio menu from english1 to a different language...
I'm assuming I have something set wrong on the PS3. Currently I have the following boxes check marked on the PS3 sound setting through HDMI selected: (I've also tried other variations of checked boxes with no success)
Dolby Digital 5.1 ch
DTS 5.1 ch.
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
Linear PCM 2 ch. 44.1 khz
Linear PCM 2 ch. 48 khz
Dolby Digital PLus
18 variations of the Linear PCM khz through 7.1
Any help? I am assuming it's possible to configure correctly since the PS3 and TV are both set to just pasthrough the bitstream for the soundbar to decode....but something isn't right.
edit: sort of got it to work by going into the PS3 menu and unchecking everything I could except Dolby Digital 5.1. I don't get the dolby or dts icons to light up on the soundbar for blurays or netflix, but they both play in (simulated?) surround sound. Not sure if that is acceptable or just a cheap workaround.