One. Soundbar shows that it will only accept the digital modes via optical.
Two. If you have your devices all connected to the TV via HDMI and the TV to the soundbar, most TV's will only pass 2-channel DD due to DRM and copyright laws.
Maybe I'm being dense but I have a question concerning the Samsung HW-C450/451.
Here's my setup (or rather my wife and child's set-up upstairs):
Samsung HL-S5688W (only two HDMI inputs)
Sony Blu-Ray (model unknown at the moment)
I just moved all this equipment and set it up yesterday as follows:
Comcast Cable via HDMI
Sony Blu-ray via HDMI
Wii via whatever cables come with it (Component? Red, White, Yellow RCA jacks)
PS2 same as Wii as far as cables are concerned
Soundbar would be connected via optical cable.
So, my question is, and perhaps a stupid one at that is....in the interest of the K.I.S.S. principle for the girls will the TV remote control the sound levels on all the equipment via the TV? They have enough trouble with the TV and cable remote as it is without adding a sound bar remote to the mix. I've tried buying a Harmony but my accountant squirms when I mention it. Money! She doesn't mind griping about all the remotes though .
I'll be happy to explain further if needed.
"Watch PVR" - when I select this the following happens:
Activity Name -
Panasonic Plasma TV
Device - Scientific Atlanta HD-8300 Digtal Tuner / Recorder
Turns TV "ON"
Sets TV to HDMI-1
Sets all picture controls to work for the TV
Device - JVC-TH-BA1 - Sound bar audio system
Turns DVR "ON"
Sets input to "Cable IN"
Sets program guide and recorded list functions to DVR
At this point, when I press volume, the Harmony automatically raises or lowers th volume on the Soundbar. When I select channel, it changes channel on the Comcast DVR. When I select "Aspect", it changes the aspect on the TV. It even allows macros for shutting things off. When I press "Off" non only does it turn each device off, I also have it programmed to "Mute" the soundbar. I have a grown son who works nights. He has two wonderful children age four and three, so he stops at the parents home to sleep when he gets off at 0630 each morning. To avoid shocking him with TV volume that would rattle the rafters due to some Blu-Ray being watched the previous night, it is good to know that anytime the TV might be turned on during the day time, the system is already at mute and the sound may be raised gradually so he can get his rest.
Turns soundbar "ON"
Sets all volume controls for Soundbar
Sets input to "Digital 1"
Sets DRC to "MX"
Sets Surround to "Mode 1"