I am connecting home theater components, and wondering if I have the best audio connections.
I need to run my Samsung BD-F5900 3D Blu Ray directly to my Samsung UN50F6800 3D HDTV as my Pioneer VSX-1020k AV Receiver does not pass through 3D.
In addition, I would like to connect my Motorola DCX-3400 HD DVR Cable Box directly to my TV via HDMI, as my receiver does not have HDMI pass through in stand-by mode and I do not want to always have to turn my receiver on to watch TV.
I will have an xbox 360 connected directly to receiver via hdmi, and a Wii connected directly to receiver via composite cables.
My receiver will be powering a 5.1 system, and I may add 2 more speakers as front height speakers. My receiver also has some limitations: as noted no “stand-by” HDMI pass through, no 3D pass through, no ARC and only 2 optical audio input jacks. The receiver has the HDMI out connected to TV for the gaming consoles noted above, as well as for the receiver auto calibration on-screen GUI.
My HDTV, besides having the cable box, blu ray and receiver hdmi cables coming in, will have an optical audio cable going back to the receiver. This is also required to send audio from streaming apps (ie Netflix) back to receiver.
My questions are:
1) Will I be getting the best sound possible from the Blu Ray, with all sound options, routing to TV via hdmi, then to receiver via optical audio, or should I be sending sound directly from blu ray to receiver via optical audio? Will my TV limit certain audio options being passed to receiver?
2) Same question as #1, but for the cable box.
3) If I am not losing any audio quality/options routing through TV for #1 and #2 above, would it be better to use an HDMI connection to send audio from TV back to receiver?
a) I am unsure if the front height speakers will work over optical audio, as I believe the optical audio cables only support up to 5.2 channels? (The reason I am unsure is that my receiver has 7.1 channels and speaker hook-ups, but if I want front height/wide or “B” speakers I must attach to an additional set of speaker jacks included on receiver, so not sure if I’m really stepping up to 7.1 adding the front height speakers or if it’s some embellishment of 5.1!)
b) I do not believe that optical audio can transmit HD audio which may be coming through on some blu ray disks (HD audio unlikely over cable broadcasts?).
Thanks for your help.