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Heybuzzz's Avatar Heybuzzz 11:55 AM 06-12-2013
So I'm getting ready to hookup my Samsung UN60F7100 LED TV to my Yamaha RXA-730 receiver. Any cables leaving my TV will run to a nearby (8ft) closet that holds my receiver, Blue ray, 5.1 speaker wires for that room, Uverse box , Airport Express and Apple TV.

I assume I should run everything into the receiver to play out of the in wall 5.1 speakers that are already installed in the room. Correct? Is this a no brainer?

Anyways... My real question is what cable do I use to run from the TV? Do I just use a HDMI ARC port to the receiver or is there better audio/sound performance running both and HDMI and an optical cable?

Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge...

m_vanmeter's Avatar m_vanmeter 01:42 PM 06-12-2013
Will you be using the internal ATSC (over the air with an antenna) or QAM(cable company that does not require a digital set-top box yet) tuner ??? What signals will need to go from the TV back to the A/V receiver ?

Anyway, HDMI is the cable to use for all inputs to the a/v receiver. Optical is a step down from the digital audio protocols available by HDMI.
BIslander's Avatar BIslander 03:40 AM 06-13-2013
It should not make any quality difference using either ARC or optical from the TV, although I have seen a set or two that support 5.1 over optical, but not over ARC. Optical also avoids any problems that sometimes come up with HDMI Control.
Heybuzzz's Avatar Heybuzzz 08:11 AM 06-13-2013
Basically, I just want to keep as many cables in the closet as possible. If I just need to run one HDMI from the TV to the receiver then that would be optimal.

It would also save me some $ because I already have some 3 ft hdmi cables, but no 8 ft.
crn3371's Avatar crn3371 11:43 AM 06-13-2013
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Originally Posted by BIslander View Post

It should not make any quality difference using either ARC or optical from the TV, although I have seen a set or two that support 5.1 over optical, but not over ARC. Optical also avoids any problems that sometimes come up with HDMI Control.
Good point. Sometimes ARC can be problematic, so you might be well served to run both hdmi and optical. That way you're covered.
Heybuzzz's Avatar Heybuzzz 08:06 AM 07-22-2013
Should I run my uVerse cable box into one of the receiver HDMI ports or to one of the TV HDMI ports? Thanks
BIslander's Avatar BIslander 09:32 AM 07-22-2013
Connect the set top box to the receiver, not the TV. Do you have any Smart TV apps such as Netflix that originate on the TV? If not, you can connect everything to the receiver, and run a single HDMI from the AVR to the TV. If you have apps on the set, you can use either optical or ARC to send audio from the TV to the AVR.
Heybuzzz's Avatar Heybuzzz 09:35 AM 07-22-2013
HI-Thanks..

I have a new Samsung with a HDMI ARC and so does my Yamaha Receiver. So basically I should plug my blue ray and Uverse box into the receiver and then just run one HDMI (using the ARC) to my TV?

Thanks
BIslander's Avatar BIslander 09:49 AM 07-22-2013
ARC is an acronym for Audio Return Channel. It is used to feed audio from the TV to the receiver. Your cable box and disc player don't use ARC as the audio originates with them, not in the TV.

So, yes, plug the devices into the receiver and run a single HDMI from the AVR to the TV. But, it doesn't matter whether you use an ARC capable input on the TV since there's no audio being returned from the TV to the receiver.

ARC is useful when using the set's tuner or apps. It is not involved in the usage you describe.
Heybuzzz's Avatar Heybuzzz 09:51 AM 07-22-2013
Thank you
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