Originally Posted by jbf777
I am trying out my Sony CT500 soundbar with a Panasonic 37" G1 LCD HDTV. I notice the hue (tint) is better when I connect the tv Directly to the sat. box instead of the soundbar. For audio I connected the Digital Optical jack on the tv to the optical in on the soundbar. (I have already tried HDMI connection directly from satelite to soundbar back to tv with soundbar pass-through on but it didn't make a difference in color so I went with the satellite box to tv direct route). I still would like to connect the sat. box directly to the soundbar for HDMI sound but without sacrificing hue...btw, I don't have a white balance on the tv and adjusting hue did not help (the greens were too much and adjusting to more red didn't help) Thanks for any advice!
I don't think you necessarily need to connect your SAT box directly to the soundbar. I've always heard that it's better to connect the cable or SAT box directly to the tv via HDMI, instead of going through a component anyway. Also, you shouldn't be loosing an audio since you have a optical cable ran to the CT500; since a optical cable still transfers digital sound. Cable and SAT don't offer Uncompressed TrueHD sound like blu-ray does; so it wouldn't make a difference whether you ran it with a digital optical cable or a HDMI cable. I have my cable box ran directly to my tv and a digital optical cable ran to the CT500 like you do; but like I said, my PS3 is ran to the CT500 and then to the TV with HDMI; just on a separate input. Also, I don't know if your SAT box has this option or not, but you might want to check to make sure that your settings for your box has direct audio / pass through audio (or whatever your particular box calls it) turned on / checked. This will insure that the audio for the show you are watching is passed directly through your box to the tv, without being "tampered" with. Hope this helps.
Just because I wasn’t satisfied with my explanation of pass through audio (consequence of being a perfectionist), here is an explanation taken from the manual of my cable box. *Note* Auto is typically the default, and your box may have more setting or less.
“Auto designates that the [box] will provide the digital audio format specified by the connected device (TV or home theater receiver) when that device was first connected…”
“Pass Through designates that the [box] will provide the same digital audio format on the HDMI output as is provided with the program being viewed at that time. For example, if the program has a Dolby Digital soundtrack, the [box] will pass the Dolby Digital audio to the HDMI output.”