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I used to be pretty good at this stuff but have a question maybe someone here can answer:
I decided to hook up my 8 year old Sherwood receiver to my TV for surround sound & am doing it this way:
Roku box, Bluray player & cable box connected directly to TV via HDMI cables.
TV connected to Sherwood receiver via optical audio TV out to optical audio in on the Sherwood.

I get sound just fine from the main front speakers & just ordered a powered subwoofer & 2 surround speakers for the rear channels.
Wondering if I'll get surround sound from the Roku & Bluray set-up this way?
(the Sherwood is capable of 5:1 surround)
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I used to be pretty good at this stuff but have a question maybe someone here can answer:
I decided to hook up my 8 year old Sherwood receiver to my TV for surround sound & am doing it this way:
Roku box, Bluray player & cable box connected directly to TV via HDMI cables.
TV connected to Sherwood receiver via optical audio TV out to optical audio in on the Sherwood.

I get sound just fine from the main front speakers & just ordered a powered subwoofer & 2 surround speakers for the rear channels.
Wondering if I'll get surround sound from the Roku & Bluray set-up this way?
(the Sherwood is capable of 5:1 surround)

I currently use an older processor, and have the Directv and Blu-ray connected directly to a modern TV using HDMI. I also run the digital optical "out " of the Directv and Blu-ray to the "in" on the processor. So if your equipment will allow things to be hooked up this way, go with that...keep things simple. I also run a digital optical out of the TV back to the processor to pass a 5.1 signal.

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Most TVs only output stereo from external devices attached using HDMI. Some will pass DD 5.1, but very few pass DTS, the predominant format used on Blu-ray. If you want discrete 5.1, you generally need to run the audio directly from each device to the receiver instead of routing it through the TV.
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I used to be pretty good at this stuff but have a question maybe someone here can answer:
I decided to hook up my 8 year old Sherwood receiver to my TV for surround sound & am doing it this way:
Roku box, Bluray player & cable box connected directly to TV via HDMI cables.
TV connected to Sherwood receiver via optical audio TV out to optical audio in on the Sherwood.

I get sound just fine from the main front speakers & just ordered a powered subwoofer & 2 surround speakers for the rear channels.
Wondering if I'll get surround sound from the Roku & Bluray set-up this way?
(the Sherwood is capable of 5:1 surround)

What is the make and model of the TV?

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What is the make and model of the TV?
Samsung 51" Class Plasma 720p 600Hz HDTV, PN51E450
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There's a setting to turn off the TV speakers. p4 of the manual. Select External Speakers. There's also a setting for the type of audio that gets sent from the optical output. p3 of the manual. Try setting it to Dolby Digital. As noted in my previous post, most TVs only output stereo from external devices. But, give it a try and see what happens. If it doesn't work, and it probably won't, then you'll need to run audio from each device to the receiver instead of routing the signals through the TV.
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