Originally Posted by joegovernale
Also questioning how ARC should work. Changing the TV input to an "on air" or streaming video source does not output the tv sound from the receiver to match the TV. The manual is confusing on this point. The only way I can get the TV audio is through an optical cable connected to AV4 and switching the receiver input to AV4. I haven't found any combination of settings that will allow the audio return through HDMI to be used as the source as the manual implies (page 123 in my manual).
I have upgraded the receiver firmware, several HDMI cables and various HDMI inputs for my cable source (my main input) but that has not changed the issues.
Am I the only one having these issues? Is my Smart TV not so much?
It's not your fault. If CEC was perfect there wouldn't be an option to turn it off. But let's try a simple setup. I have a Sony EX700 and Sony S570 BR. Everything is HDMI. The TV has "ARC" printed over HDMI1 so that plugs into the V867 TV connector. The BR plugs into the BR HDMI connector on the AVR.
Should I enable CEC on the TV, BR, and AVR and enable ARC on the AVR things start out fine. But then I turn off the AVR and sometimes the TV sound reverts back to the TV speakers. If I turn on the BR, the audio is now from the BR even though I am using the tuner on my TV. If I turn off the BR the sound can either go silent or I can power cycle stuff until the sound goes back where it started. In other words, I'm unhappy.
So I disable CEC, ARC and any HDMI control I can find. I'm sure if I only had a TV tuner and one HDMI line to the AVR everything would be happy. But I have three non-CEC DVRs, one CEC DVR, a BR and an external FM radio. I seldom use the STB since my cable is mostly clear QAM, but that's another HDMI input. I'm happy.
When I walk into my listening area, I push the power on my TV, the main on for the AVR and sometimes one of the three identical DVRs. And should I decide to listen to Pandora or local FM radio, it's just a remote button. I have a lot of remotes, but it's a small price for me to pay for consistancy.
Everybody has their way of doing things. Some would look at your problem as as frustration, some as a challenge.