Ok I'm new on here so first off hi, and secondly sorry if this is posted in the wrong area! I have been using a LG surround sound system with a scart input, coax input and a hdmi output for my current home tv setup. I have an LG 47" HDTV with 2 hdmi ports, a ps3, and a humax freesat box. I had ps3 on coax to the surround sound and hdmi to the tv. freesat on scart to the home cinema and hdmi to the tv. And I would switch put the hdmi from either of them to plug in the surround sound if there was ever a need to use it to play files (rarely).
Well I noticed that my ps3 was only running 2.1. I put this down to set games. But when I investigated coax only supports 2.1 and I would need to connect with hdmi or optical to get 5.1 with it. I believe scart is the same issue.
Basically I have now sold the home cinema so that I can get a cinema system with several hdmi ins to get full 5.1 surround sound on my ps3 and freesat. But is that the only way? I don't want to be spending alot, my last surround sound bundled with speakers cost £100 so something around this region is ideal. I suppose a home cinema with 1 hdmi input for the freesat would do, then a optical in for the ps3? Or is there a way to use a hdmi splitter to swap the devices? Also I have noticed the HDMI ARC function but have heard it would not send the sound of my ps3 or freeview playing on the tv to the amp. AIso a HMDI splitter an option? although A Issue I had with them has put me off them though as the screen kept blacking out and it was poor quality
The units I have seen which would work are LG SR906 with 3 hdmi ins, or a sony 1 the same. Cheapest I can find is £180 from richer sounds, but I'm aware they are generally specialist and more expensive. I have the money but want to make an informed decision instead of jumping in and buying something because the cash is burning a hole in my pocket!
. Anyway, any help, advice, or tips you could give would be much appreciated.