Originally Posted by l3ftonm3
The benefits would be like you said 1 connection running to the tv for video and audio. With the JVC you will need to run 2 optical cables and 2 hdmi cables. With the Sony its only 3 hdmi cables. The other benefit of the Sony is that it can support Dolby TruHD over HDMI. The vast majority of people on here say it doesn't matter to have that support since its only a soundbar, To me I feel like having that ability to output the HD codec from the bluray player to get all the benefits of what I bought is important.
Like I said though at this point picking between the two is difficult since no one has reviewed the new Sony yet.
I'm going thru this debate now too as whether I need the soundbar to have HDMI... The way I'm understanding it, my soundbar won't be supporting HD sound anyhow since its virtual surround so thats somewhat a non-issue. In the example of two devices it would be
Soundbar w/o HDMI
1 HDMI cable each from D*TV and DVD to the TV
1 TOSLink from the TV to the Soundbar
1 HDMI cable each from D*TV and DVD to the Soundbar
1 HDMI cable from the Soundbar to the TV.
Same amount of cables, just switching which kind between the Soundbar and the TV. Assuming your running the cables inside the wall its not really much of a difference.
If I understand correctly the TOSLink can run the 5.1 signal for the Soundbar to work with but not HD Audio (which the soundbar isn't going to play impressively anyhow)
What am I missing?