Originally Posted by HDMI Guy
I assume you have the Directv box connected to the TV with an HDMI cable. This would carry both video and audio to the TV so you could get sound from the TV speakers. Some channels sent audio the TV could not decode but when you changed to PCM they all worked.
From here on I am making some assumptions. Both the TV and the soundbar have ARC enabled? Then when the TV received a signal from the antenna it automatically changed the input setting on the soundbar from optical to HDMI. Thus now no sound from the soundbar when watching Directv.
Solution turn off ARC in one or both devices and change the input setting on the soundbar back to HDMI.
HDMI guy, many thanks for responding to my questions.
Here is my set up;
I have a 4x1 Monoprice HDMI multi switch. Plugged into that is the Directv, Apple TV, and a Blu Ray player. Coming out is 1 (one) HDMI cable which is goes to the #2
HDMI IN (ARC) of the Panasonic VT60. For the audio, I have a tosslink cable going OUT of the 4X1 HDMI switch and IN to the Klipsch sound bar.
*note* the soundbar does NOT have any settings at all. Just a "3d" audio mode. It has a power cable and a tosslink connection, no other settings.
That's how everything has been for the past year and it has worked great. Now Directv and Raycom media which owns my local NBC are in a dispute. Directv has dropped my local NBC for the time being. So, I went and bought a over the air HD antenna to pick up my local NBC. Obviously, the coax end of the antenna was connected to the antenna port on the back of the tv. Right away I was able to get picture and sound (through the tv AND the sound bar for the over the air HD channels)
I switched back to Directv (while still having the antenna coax connected and NO SOUND on directv channels coming through the sound bar with EXCEPTION of a few. The one I remember having sound was Nick JR (last channel kids were watching). When I changed to ESPN, NFL Network, Food Network, HBO, etc. no sound through sound bar or even the TV. (maybe Nick JR had sound through the soundbar because it's not broadcast in Dolby and was before I turned PCM to ON?)
I went in to my TV audio settings and turned PCM to ON. I then went into the Directv audio settings and turned Dolby Digital sound to OFF. Now I have sound on all Directv channels coming out of the TV. However, no sound coming out of the soundbar for Directv, just the over the air antenna channels.
Does that sound like everything is like it's supposed to be? I guess I can live with this for the time being until the dispute is settled. But, it kind of sucks not being able to have HBO, Stars, Showtime, etc. come through the sound bar though. Only if I disconnect the coax of the HD antenna. The problem with that is I have the tv mounted on a shallow mount over the fireplace and it SUCKED getting that coax antenna connected. Hand doesn't even fit back there. Not sure how I got it connected in the first place, very lucky I guess.
What do you think after reading my set up and explanation?