Originally Posted by Timmay35
I just hung my new Samsung Led C8000 on the wall. I removed the optical cable since I heard we can use the ARC in the hdmi to play the sound from tv source audio (netflix, cable etc) I think the optical out of the tv is only 2.0 so I has hoping the ARC would do 5.1. I am trying to understand the drawback of using ARC you describe above. So I need to enable "HDMI-CEC (RIHD) enabled, which will result in stupid automatic switching and double volume indicator?" So is that on the tv or the receiver? What is auto switching and double volume. Is it not worth while?
My 3d blueray player plays netfilx as well, since its connected via hdmi to the stereo then maybe I should just play netflix from there? Would it play 5.1 or 7.1? I still will have some occastions to play sound from the tv to the stereo so give me your thoughts.
I would also like to feed the video signal from the sat and blueray to the tv without any processing from the receiver. I noticed 3d did look as good as before with i had it going directly to the tv, also noticed choopy video from the cable source. How do/ where do i disable it or change the setting. I what to keep the osd the pops up on the tv to change settings since I love that feature and change the settings all the time.
To your last question, you can't. Either you will process video, or you will lose the overlay OSD. Tough choice.
Netflix from blueray will play what netflix sends. That is, stereo. Does not matter how you connect netflix or what you play it from. They don't even do 5.1, so you can stop worrying about 7.1 for now. Only blueray discs (and not even all of them) will give you 7.1.
About HDMI-CEC (aka HDMI Control/KuroLink/BraviaLink/VieraLink/Anynet+). I would consider it "antifeature" on HDMI receivers, and knock off points for having it, though fortunately you can turn it off.
This thing is hanging around since days of HDMI 1.1 and was designed before HDMI receivers existed. It is not meant for HDMI receivers and will conflict with the very idea of HDMI receiver (route everything via HDMI to receiver and out via HDMI to TV).
It was designed with these assumptions in mind:
- all your HDMI sources are connected right to TV, and
- SPDIF output from TV goes to receiver for audio.
- your TV picture comes from TV tuner (cable or broadcast), not an external cable/sat box.
If your setup is like that, HDMI-CEC is useful to you. Otherwise it will drive you mad. Here is why:
- any time TV is powered on, or receiver is powered on while TV is on, receiver will switch to a designated "TV input". On some receivers (Sony and Pioneer) it can't be HDMI (not when HDMI-CEC is enabled).
- any time a blueray/DVD player is turned off while TV is on, TV will switch to it's internal tuner.
Of course if you had setup matching the description above, this would be exactly what you want. But with typical HDMI receiver setup, this will just make your wife hate you.
One feature of HDMI-CEC is showing (in somewhat crappy way) the receiver's volume level on the TV screen. If you also have OSD overlay like Onkyo or Denon, you will see two volume indicators.
Bottom line is, if you want to see volume level on TV screen, buy a receiver with OSD overlay and disable HDMI-CEC. Unfortunately on Onkyo 608 you may have to sacrifice video "purity" for that, since it won't show OSD overlay if you disable video processing. I don't know if Denon has the same caveat.