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Can't find a solution to my problem

Hi,

So I've looked everywhere online and can't seem to find a solution. I want to get the best video and audio output from my set up but I'm not sure how.

Samsung TV with 2 HDMI In ports and a Digital Audio Out (Optical)
Samsung Sound Bar with 1 HDMI In, 1 HDMI Out, and an Optical In
PS3 with 1 HDMI out and an Optical out
1 Cable box with 1 HDMI and 1 Digital Audio

Can't seem to figure out a configuration or set up for all of this. I have plenty of HDMI cables, and an optical cable, but maybe not enough HDMI ports? Please some help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Optical out from tv to sound bar..
PS3 and Cable box HDMI to tv, Set tv output to optical.
Should solve your problem. All sound will run through tv to sound bar via optical..
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Optical out from tv to sound bar..
PS3 and Cable box HDMI to tv, Set tv output to optical.
Should solve your problem. All sound will run through tv to sound bar via optical..
But won't I lose audio quality through optical instead of HDMI, especially since the audio would pass through the TV first?
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Optical out from tv to sound bar..
PS3 and Cable box HDMI to tv, Set tv output to optical.
Should solve your problem. All sound will run through tv to sound bar via optical..
I ideally would like the PS3 and Cable box and TV all to go to the sound bar. I'm afraid I'd lose quality using the optical. Can't I get an HDMI splitter for the sound bar so that:

PS3 > HDMI > TV
Cable box > HDMI > TV
TV > HDMI Splitter > HDMI > Sound bar

Or get an HDMI Splitter for the PS3 and cable box so I could have:

PS3 > HDMI 1 > Sound bar
PS3 > HDMI 2 > TV
Cable box > HDMI 1 > Sound bar
Cable box > HDMI 2 > Sound bar

Wouldn't have to use an HDMI at all for the TV to sound bar since PS3 and Cable box would go directly to sound bar.

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Go to this link about HDMI vs optical: http://www.cnet.com/news/hdmi-vs-opt...ection-to-use/
Using splitters for HDMI is another way to go.
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the best option is a either splitter or connect one to the HDMI in and one to the Optical in on the sound bar. The worst way to go was the first suggestion of everything to the TV and the optical out into the sound bar. You will lose quality and very few TVs, unless brand new, decode 5.1 via optical.
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I have similar equipment. My connection is as follows:

-PS3 HDMI out to SoundBar HDMI in.
-Soundbar HDMI out to TV HDMI in.

With this you will transmit the PS3 sound directly to the bar. Now:

-TV optical out to Soundbar optical in.
-Cable HDMI out to TV HDMI in.

In my case my cable box won't transmit HD sound so the optical is more than enough. Also i will be able to hear Netflix or youtube from my TV on the Soundbar. Only the PS3 will use the HDMI connection to the sounbar, which is good because the best sound comes from Blu-rays and games. You'll just have to switch between optical and hdmi in the soundbar menu to get the sound from the desired equipment.
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Using a soundbar is a compromise is sound quality already. The only advantage of using HDMI over optical is you get the higher resolution formats such as DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. I'm guessing your soundbar won't decode these let alone reproduce them. You can chose to use the HDMI switch, but I doubt it will do anything but make your wallet a little lighter.
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I have similar equipment. My connection is as follows:

-PS3 HDMI out to SoundBar HDMI in.
-Soundbar HDMI out to TV HDMI in.

With this you will transmit the PS3 sound directly to the bar. Now:

-TV optical out to Soundbar optical in.
-Cable HDMI out to TV HDMI in.

In my case my cable box won't transmit HD sound so the optical is more than enough. Also i will be able to hear Netflix or youtube from my TV on the Soundbar. Only the PS3 will use the HDMI connection to the sounbar, which is good because the best sound comes from Blu-rays and games. You'll just have to switch between optical and hdmi in the soundbar menu to get the sound from the desired equipment.
I would connect exactly like charlyposho. With a sound bar you will gain little or nothing with HDMI from a cable box. Optical from the TV is fine. I would NOT use an HDMI splitter. As kjfalls indicated all that will do is make your wallet lighter and complicate the whole system.
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