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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.
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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.

Hi kye1987, are you using an adapter because the PS3 don't have coax connection (maybe you're using RCA connection red/white)? I believe freesat scart connection doesn't pass DD 5.1 but only via optical connection.
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Yes thats what i meant sorry. Im using rca to connect ps3 to the home cinema. Well, now ive sold it im using nothing! But the freesat does have optical so thats an option. But if i use optical for that i couldnt do the same for ps3. So id still need at least 1hdmi in and 1 optical in, and the 5.1 system of course :-)
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What brands of AVRs do you have available to you? What is your max budget? Most current model AVRs will have at least 1 optical and 4-5 HDMI inputs. HTIB setups like the 906 will generally not be as good as a separate AVR and 5.1 speaker setup. Also note that you could have gotten 5.1 audio from the PS3 using an optical to coax converter connected to your old home cinema.

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Budget would be just under 200 but would need the full kit for that price. Im not after power, its only in a small room, just wabt decent sound quality for my gaming and general movie watching. Im not bothered about brand, but the LG one i had was good and matched my tv, and would prefer black but not a deal breaker
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this looks the part but with no description for speakers etc a bit worrying. but plenty of hdmi ports and all the kit i need.... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271076580859?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
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