Originally Posted by afischer
I'm thinking of getting the CT150 and I've looked through the forums and think I sort of understand things, but would like to check a few things. If someone can assist, it would be much appreciated.
I'll be using the CT150 in a setup with a new TV, most likely the LG 47LW6500, an AT&T U-Verse box, and a blu-ray player.
1) If I connect up the TV to the soundbar via HDMI 1.4 with ARC and CEC (the TV has both as a capability), (a) Will I be able to control the soundbar volume by changing the TV volume? (b) Will the soundbar automatically turn on and off when the TV turns on and off?
(a) As long as the LG and Sony CEC functions "play nice" with each other, you should be able to control volume with the TV remote. (b) Depends on what settings the LG provides. Most TVs have an auto-off setting, but not all have an auto-on setting.
2) Is it best to (A) connect the U-Verse box and the blu-ray to the soundbar via HDMI and then use the HDMI connection from the soundbar to the TV to transmit the video and audio or is it best to (B) connect the U-verse box and the blu-ray to the TV? Would one way be better for lip-sync and if so which way? Would one way be better for sound quality (e.g. 5.1 vs. 2.1) and if so which way? All else being equal I'd prefer to do (A) so we could use the TV remote to control things as opposed to using the subwoofer remote (as the subwoofer will be positioned such that it may be more different to aim the remote at it), but I'd like to make sure we're not sacrificing things.
Choice (A) gives you the best audio processing since the soundbar will receive 5.1 (when available) from the source. Video is passed straight through to the TV. If you connect to the TV you'll only get 2.0 stereo. There have not been many reports of lip-sync issues and those that did occur were often when using a PS3 as I recall. Your SW should be located where you can aim the remote at it though since the U-verse box won't have CEC and the Sony probably can't switch automatically to/from that input.
3) Is there any advantage to using the digital optical cable to output the sound from the TV to the soundbar? For instance, does it potentially provide better sound quality (e.g. 5.1 vs. 2.1) and does that depend on the source? And I assume this wouldn't matter as much if the U-Verse box and Blu-Ray player were connected directly to the soundbar (except as it might relate to content streamed via the TV's online connection?
No advantage because the TV will only output 2.0 stereo from components connected to it. I don't know if any LG streaming apps on the TV offer 5.1 audio, but it's likely they don't.
Thanks so much for any advice/info!
Have you considered the newer Sony CT-550W? Because the AVR unit is separate from the SW, you wouldn't be limited about SW placement. Just a thought.