I have a PS3, Xbox, Apple TV, cable box all connected to the receiver. Can I get the sound bar to work with all my devices? Thanks
So, the setup I am wanting is to connect my Xbox 360, PC, and Cable box to the receiver. Is it possible to connect a soundbar to work with everything? I am a total beginner when it comes to soundbars as I don't even know what types of connectors they usually use.
Your situation is different than the OP's since you haven't purchased a soundbar. Why are you thinking about a soundbar rather than discrete speakers? Are you not interested in 5.1 surround? Do you already have a sub? If it's a space issue for the front soundstage you may want to look into passive soundbars. They combine L/C/R into one enclosure but connect to your receiver just like discrete speakers.
Did xxronniexx ever resolve his setup issues? I want to know if Possumgirl's good advice worked because I anticipate running into the same issues with connecting the Samsung HW-E450 Soundbar to the Pioneer VSX-822k AVR. Let me know if anyone can confirm whether the suggestion of connecting the AVR to the soundbar via HDMI and then connecting the soundbar to the tv via HDMI and then changing the audio HDMI setting on the AVR to "through" worked successfully.
FYI, Possumgirl's recommendation for changing the audio setting to HDMI Through worked. Thanks for the help.
I am still, however, having issues listening to the internet radio through my soundbar. Is there any reason the "through" setting wouldn't work for internet radio?
My Google Nexus player will not output sound to the vizio soundbar. (An Intel NUC seems to work just fine though) Is there a way to have the optical cable run from the TV to the receiver, and then output from the receiver to the sound bar? Looks like the sound bar could take digital coaxial, or RCA.
If I got an Xbox One, would I have the same issue?
Is my TV just too old?
Samsung UN60H7150AF/Xbox One
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I got for fathers day a VIZIO SB4051-C0 but I already have a Onkyo TX-NR616 connected to my Vizio 70_E701iA3. The sound coming out of the soundbar sounds so much better thank my current speaker setup. Also I can't truly run my surround sound speakers on the Onkyo where they should be with out wires being exposed (Spousal Approval). With this Vizo Soundbar the sub and surround speakers are bluetooth which gives me the option to move them anywhere.
My dilemma is I don't want to get ride of the receiver because it has my outside speakers connected to it and it has all the hdmi inputs I need (my tv doesn't have enough) Plus I will loose Terrestrial AM Radio which I use to listen to the NFL. Plus if I return this more than generous Fathers Day present it wont go over all that well. Is there a way I can hook up this Soundbar to the Receiver? What are my pros and cons?
VIZIO SB4051-C0 = SoundBar
Vizio 70_E701iA3 = TV
Onkyo TX-NR616 = Receiver
If the soundbar has any type of analog input
Take one of the tape loop outputs and run an RCA cable from Tape-Out on the receiver to analog in on the soundbar.
You then have the full functionality of the receiver attached to the soundbar.
If your soundbar has a mini-phone jack instead of RCA jacks, go to Lowes and buy an adapter.
I bought the Vizio SB4051-C0 5.1 soundbar $279 @ costco. I bought this one because it had a hdmi in and out, 2 inches bigger than the one my wife bought me and the sub had better specs. It was only 30 buck more. The HDMI in and out Made this all work like a charm.
PreReq: Your HDMI cables need to be ARC compatible.
1. Connected TV HDMI port 1 ARC to Soundbar HDMI out ARC.
2. On my Vizio TV go to : Menu-Digital Audio Settings - to Dolby Digital
3. On Vizio tv got to : System Menu- enable CEC and ARC SAC function.
4. On Vizio TV - On CEC menu select Discover Devices. It should find your soundbar.
At this point if you turn on your tv with out receiver it should all work
5. On Onkyo Receiver route you HDMI OUT MAIN ARC cable to the Vizio Soundbar HDMI IN.
6. On the Onkyo Receiver if you don't have ARC set already go to the following menu to turn it on. Navigating the receiver is more difficult the tv and soundbar
a. Hardware setup - HDMI Control(RIHD) turn this to ON
b. In the same Screen select ARC.
You should be done now and Ready to watch TV with the soundbar. You should be able to use your receiver to switch devices and play through your soundbar. With this setup I was able to keep my Outside Speakers connected the receiver and have them powered. I keep AM radio for NFL football,my Net Raido and I have a HDMI switcher in the receiver. I know I kind of made my Receiver into a expensive HDMI switcher but the sound is 100x better coming out of the soundbar and the spousal approval is off the chart. All the wires running everywhere and all visible speakers don't look messy. Now we have one long bar that looks nice and not messy. You can't see the wires attaching to the soundbar like you could with the old setup. Then we have to satalite speakers placed exactly behind us where they should be, unlike my old setup. This part my wife loves we can Hide the sub woofer and put it behind us because it is bluetooth connected and sounds way better than my old one. The Surround speakers connect to the sub that is why we can move them else where. Looking back at this the Receiver has a ton of great features but is a pain to configure and use and half the time I spend 30 min trying to get thing to work if I haven't used a feature in a while. I think the receiver in my case was over kill for what I need it for although it still has a place.
I hope this helps anyone looking to do this.
We now have xbox one, apple tv, popcorn hour and tivo hooked into this system, and the wiring is dead easy. The only setting to change is to make sure all audio from these devices is sent out raw.
All of this should translate to using a receiver in place of the switch - it would just make it a bit of an expensive switch.
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