Originally Posted by GregLee
I just did that (not for the first time). On the Samsung menus, AnyNet is enabled, but there is a Device Search function associated that returns the result "no device", meaning, I guess, that the TV looked for connected devices that have HDMI-CEC enabled and couldn't find any. That doesn't make sense to me, since there are actually three such devices connected -- the 1522 AVR, a satellite receiver connected to the AVR, and a BD player connected to the AVR. The TV's remote control works with all three, and that uses HDMI-CEC, I think. (The menu system lets you tell the remote what devices it should control, and I've told it.)
I see nothing specifically mentioning ARC in the Samsung menus. There is an item for directing TV sound to "receiver", which seems promising, but it is greyed out -- I can't select it. There are other references to attaching bluetooth speakers, but I don't have any of those.
I think my TV is screwed up. I don't blame the Pioneer. I can get sound from the TV to the AVR using a digital optical cable, and that's what I'm doing.
ARC is more trouble than it is worth. Here is how I got mine work:
1. Make sure your TV DOES support ARC. It must be explicitly mentioned but any TV within last 5 years or so should support it.
2. You need to turn on HDMI CEC. On Pioneer, it means both the HDMI CEC control (power on/off) and auto input switch. On TV, make sure similar stuff (name varies between brands) is turned on. Turn off the AVR,
3. Make sure the HDMI connection is on ARC capable port on both end. Typically there is only one HDMI port on the TV is ARC capable. Read the manual. On AVR, it is the HDMI1 out.
4. On TV, make sure you selected external speaker. Once selected, it should auto power on your Pioneer AVR and set input to TV. This is important. You must let TV power on the AVR and auto select TV input to establish ARC link. Manually power on AVR or switch to TV input won't work.
At least this is how I made it work on my LG TV. But, the problem is my LG TV will always switch AVR to TV input whenever it is powered on. It is because the LG TV keeps ARC on all the time once configured. I heard other brands have the same problem. This makes my life very difficult using a Harmony remote and don't use ARC much. So, in the end, I turned it off permanently.
Originally Posted by adrummingdude
It's perhaps telling of current Pioneer products that you guys are experiencing so many issues. I've had handshake issues with my SC-65 since it was new a couple years ago, but pretty infrequently, and likely more to do with other connected gear.
Still though, I'm probably going to give the Marantz family a whirl when I upgrade later this year.
My Pioneer Elite VSX-92 also has very flaky HDMI handshake issue from day one. But the AMP itself is rock solid for so many years. SC-1522 is much better on HDMI handshake. But I often lose HDCP from time to time (snow screen).