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post #211 of 253
Quick question. To get the simulated 5.1 from both a cable box and bd player, would both have to be connected directly to the sound bar and are there enough connections in this unit or the 520 to be able to do this?
post #212 of 253
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Originally Posted by Gregor111 View Post

Quick question. To get the simulated 5.1 from both a cable box and bd player, would both have to be connected directly to the sound bar and are there enough connections in this unit or the 520 to be able to do this?

Refer to this post earlier in this thread for how to connect cable box and BD player.
post #213 of 253
Hello. Trying to connect my SC-HTB500 2.1 Soundbar to my TC-P46S1 Plasma TV and having no luck getting sound. I believe I have it set up right. I have an hdmi cable running from my blu-ray player to the bottom hdmi input on the soundbar and an hdmi cable going from the top port on the soundbar to my tv. I set up audio to go through Home Theatre on my VieraLink, but no sound. Help please.
post #214 of 253
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Originally Posted by furball22 View Post

Hello. Trying to connect my SC-HTB500 2.1 Soundbar to my TC-P46S1 Plasma TV and having no luck getting sound. I believe I have it set up right. I have an hdmi cable running from my blu-ray player to the bottom hdmi input on the soundbar and an hdmi cable going from the top port on the soundbar to my tv. I set up audio to go through Home Theatre on my VieraLink, but no sound. Help please.

I assume you've checked the obvious: you didn't inadvertently press MUTE or turn the volume down to zero? Are you getting video okay? If so then your connections are probably fine. Check settings on your BD player to be sure HDMI audio is set ON. Beyond that I can't think what else to check.
post #215 of 253
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

I assume you've checked the obvious: you didn't inadvertently press MUTE or turn the volume down to zero? Are you getting video okay? If so then your connections are probably fine. Check settings on your BD player to be sure HDMI audio is set ON. Beyond that I can't think what else to check.

Yep, not muted. Getting no audio from Blu-Ray (it's actually a ps3) or my receiver/tv. Video is good. Viera Link is seeing it fine. When I go to turn up the volume, I get the audio up icon on my tv. The sound bar just cycles three green lights though like something is not right. I really thought this would fire right up with them both being Panasonic. Damn!
post #216 of 253
Ok, I can only get either the PS3 to work or the tv (DirecTV receiver). Whichever I plug into the bottom HDMI jack works. The line running straight to the tv isn't working. There's got to be a way to get both to work even though they are on separate inputs, right?
post #217 of 253
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Originally Posted by furball22 View Post

Ok, I can only get either the PS3 to work or the tv (DirecTV receiver). Whichever I plug into the bottom HDMI jack works. The line running straight to the tv isn't working. There's got to be a way to get both to work even though they are on separate inputs, right?

When you say "straight to tv" just how are you connecting? If you've got one component connected via HDMI to the TV, then you need to connect optical from the TV to the soundbar (which will give you 2 ch. audio out). If you want 5.1 audio from the HDMI-connected (to TV) component, you could connect optical direct from it to the soundbar.
post #218 of 253
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Originally Posted by furball22 View Post

Ok, I can only get either the PS3 to work or the tv (DirecTV receiver). Whichever I plug into the bottom HDMI jack works. The line running straight to the tv isn't working. There's got to be a way to get both to work even though they are on separate inputs, right?

I'm not sure what you mean by a line running straight to the TV. In any case, try this:

3 HDMI cables + 1 Digital Optical Cable
  1. HDMI cable from television receiver (DirecTV in your case) to the speaker bar input labeld HDMI IN
  2. Digital Optical Cable from Blu-ray player (PS3 in your case) to the speaker bar input labeled "Optical Digital Audio In" (ignore the "TV only label).
  3. HDMI cable from Soundbar to HDMI1 on TV (labeled ARC)
  4. HDMI cable from Blu-ray player to HDMI2 on TV
That's how I have my SC-HTB500 connected to my Panasonic TV and everything works as I want. In addition to having 5.1 simulation from both TV and Blu-ray, I have 2.1 sound for all the Viera Connect services. The inputs may be reversed for the little remote for the bar but I don't use that anyway.
post #219 of 253
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Originally Posted by Athenian View Post

I'm not sure what you mean by a line running straight to the TV. In any case, try this:

3 HDMI cables + 1 Digital Optical Cable
  1. HDMI cable from television receiver (DirecTV in your case) to the speaker bar input labeld HDMI IN
  2. Digital Optical Cable from Blu-ray player (PS3 in your case) to the speaker bar input labeled "Optical Digital Audio In" (ignore the "TV only label).
  3. HDMI cable from Soundbar to HDMI1 on TV (labeled ARC)
  4. HDMI cable from Blu-ray player to HDMI2 on TV
That's how I have my SC-HTB500 connected to my Panasonic TV and everything works as I want. In addition to having 5.1 simulation from both TV and Blu-ray, I have 2.1 sound for all the Viera Connect services. The inputs may be reversed for the little remote for the bar but I don't use that anyway.

I can't explain how badly I want to throw this damn soundbar out the window right now.

Actually got it to work finally the night before I went on vacation. Came home today and it worked for about 2 minutes and just stopped out of nowhere. Now it gets no sound once again. I turn it on, the red/green light comes on for a second, then the red light under DTS blinks twice and all lights go out. It stays powered up, but no audio. For whatever reason, every once in a while when I power it up, I get sound for about 10 seconds and then out it goes. Same results. Red light on far end under DTS blinks twice pause blinks twice... Looks powered down otherwise, but it's not.

Tried the configuration suggested above with no luck either. This really should not be difficult! Hate this thing so far.
post #220 of 253
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Originally Posted by furball22 View Post

I turn it on, the red/green light comes on for a second, then the red light under DTS blinks twice and all lights go out. It stays powered up, but no audio.

When mine comes on, the lights blink then only one (the TV/BD light) stays on.

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Tried the configuration suggested above with no luck either. This really should not be difficult!

We had to do some experimenting to get everything working as we like but it wasn't hard to at least get sound. Some things to remember:

1. The ARC port will send sound from the TV itself to the soundbar. If you are getting your TV programming from DirecTV, the only sound going from the TV to the soundbar should be from the Viera Cast applications.

2. The Digital Audio sound out port on the TV will always output 2.1 so there is really no point in fooling with it at all.

Starting with the TV -- if you connect the DirecTV receiver to the soundbar via HDMI then use another HDMI cable from the Soundbar to the TV, do you get sound for TV?
post #221 of 253
^^^ Several posts back he said he could get sound from either the sat box or PS3, whichever one he connected to the soundbar via HDMI, but then he couldn't get sound from the other one (which I presume he's connecting via HDMI straight to the TV). His TV does not have ARC (or VieraCast). When he connects one of the components to the TV, he has to use optical either from the TV to the soundbar or preferably, from the component to the soundbar. I suppose he might have a defective unit 'cause it shouldn't be a problem getting things working.
post #222 of 253
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

His TV does not have ARC (or VieraCast). When he connects one of the components to the TV, he has to use optical either from the TV to the soundbar or preferably, from the component to the soundbar. I suppose he might have a defective unit 'cause it shouldn't be a problem getting things working.

In that case, it should indeed be easy to get going. If using a digital cable from the PS3 to the soundbar doesn't work, maybe the digital input port on the soundbar is bad and the unit should be returned.
post #223 of 253
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Originally Posted by Athenian View Post

I'm not sure what you mean by a line running straight to the TV. In any case, try this:

3 HDMI cables + 1 Digital Optical Cable
  1. HDMI cable from television receiver (DirecTV in your case) to the speaker bar input labeld HDMI IN
  2. Digital Optical Cable from Blu-ray player (PS3 in your case) to the speaker bar input labeled "Optical Digital Audio In" (ignore the "TV only label).
  3. HDMI cable from Soundbar to HDMI1 on TV (labeled ARC)
  4. HDMI cable from Blu-ray player to HDMI2 on TV
That's how I have my SC-HTB500 connected to my Panasonic TV and everything works as I want. In addition to having 5.1 simulation from both TV and Blu-ray, I have 2.1 sound for all the Viera Connect services. The inputs may be reversed for the little remote for the bar but I don't use that anyway.

Why would you run your setup like this instead of just running the HDMI from the BD player directly to the soundbar? What am I missing?
post #224 of 253
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Originally Posted by IslaTurbine View Post

Why would you run your setup like this instead of just running the HDMI from the BD player directly to the soundbar? What am I missing?

I set it up a few months ago and when I posted I had forgotten why we ended up reversing things: our TV receiver will only send 5.1 via HDMI. The provider's documentation says you can use either HDMI or digital optical but there is apparently a known bug that limits 5.1 to HDMI so we had to use that port on the soundbar for the TV.

Sorry for the confusion...and thanks for reminding me that its non-standard.
post #225 of 253
Hi to everyone.
I just hooked up an HTB500 to my father's TV (Panasonic Viera 50 inch).

Here is my setup so far:
LG Blu-Ray ------HDMI--------HDMI In (bottom of HTB500)
Bell Receiver -----HDMI--------TV
HDMI In TV -------HDMI-------HDMI ARC (top of HTB500)

I selected Home Theater in the Output when pressing Viera link on the remote.

Now here is my problem: Sound works fine with the Blu-Ray or the Bell receiver, but only when it is plugged in the bottom HDMI In of the HTB500. Whatever device which is directly plugged to HDMI In of the Panasonic does not have sound.

Do I need to use an optical cable from my receiver?
post #226 of 253
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Originally Posted by Raptor_86 View Post

Hi to everyone.
I just hooked up an HTB500 to my father's TV (Panasonic Viera 50 inch).

Here is my setup so far:
LG Blu-Ray ------HDMI--------HDMI In (bottom of HTB500)
Bell Receiver -----HDMI--------TV
HDMI In TV -------HDMI-------HDMI ARC (top of HTB500)

I selected Home Theater in the Output when pressing Viera link on the remote.

Now here is my problem: Sound works fine with the Blu-Ray or the Bell receiver, but only when it is plugged in the bottom HDMI In of the HTB500. Whatever device which is directly plugged to HDMI In of the Panasonic does not have sound.

Do I need to use an optical cable from my receiver?

You didn't mention the model of your Panny TV. If it doesn't have ARC (2009 or older), then you need an optical cable either going from the TV to the soundbar, or from the Bell receiver to the soundbar (in addition to the HDMI going to the TV).
post #227 of 253
Thank you Possumgirl!

Btw, the model of the Panny is TH50PZ80 I think it is older than 2009.
post #228 of 253
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Originally Posted by Raptor_86 View Post
Hi to everyone.
Do I need to use an optical cable from my receiver?
Yes you do.

You need 3 HDMI cables and one Optical cable:

HDMI 1 = Blu-ray to SB500 input
HDMI 2 = SB500 output to TV
HDMI 3 = TV receiver to TV
Optical = TV receiver to SB500
post #229 of 253
Hi all,

Thanks in advance for the help. I just hooked up my new HTB520 to my G25 and I am not receiving a DD or DTS signal from my Blu-ray player , or any other of the devices, only PCM signals. I have it hooked up SB -> TV via HDMI1 (ARC) , BD -> SB via HDMI in and HD Cable -> TV via HDMI2. Other than that issue everything seems to be working fine! Any ideas?
post #230 of 253
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Originally Posted by stansrb View Post

Hi all,

Thanks in advance for the help. I just hooked up my new HTB520 to my G25 and I am not receiving a DD or DTS signal from my Blu-ray player , or any other of the devices, only PCM signals. I have it hooked up SB -> TV via HDMI1 (ARC) , BD -> SB via HDMI in and HD Cable -> TV via HDMI2. Other than that issue everything seems to be working fine! Any ideas?

For the cable box, the answer is easy. The TV only outputs 2 ch. stereo from components connected to it via HDMI. If you want DD, you'd need to run optical from the cable box to the soundbar, plus disable HDMI audio-out on the cable box.

You should be getting DD & DTS from the BD player though. Check your audio settings on the player and try different settings to see if that fixes the issue. For testing purposes, you could try putting the cable box on the soundbar's HDMI input and see if you get DD. That would eliminate the possibility that the soundbar is defective.
post #231 of 253
Thanks Possumgirl,

I had to go into the BD player settings and change the output for the dolby digital from "mix" to "direct". After doing that I am finally getting DD output from the BD to the speaker system! It is a nice addition to movie watching.
post #232 of 253
I bought the SC HTB500 refurbished and I'm having trouble connecting, I want to make sure that's it's me with the problems not the unit.

I have the SB, a TC-P42GT25, and a PS3.
PS3 is connected to the tv in HDMI 2.
The SB is connected from the HDMI AV OUT TO TV ARC to the GT25 HDMI 1 (ARC).

I'm getting no sound from either the VieraConnect programs or PS3.

The unit does work, I can get PS3 audio and video if I go directly from the PS3 to the SB's HDMI IN, but still no audio when I switch the SB to tv.
post #233 of 253
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Originally Posted by thecuse View Post

I bought the SC HTB500 refurbished and I'm having trouble connecting, I want to make sure that's it's me with the problems not the unit.

I have the SB, a TC-P42GT25, and a PS3.
PS3 is connected to the tv in HDMI 2.
The SB is connected from the HDMI AV OUT TO TV ARC to the GT25 HDMI 1 (ARC).

I'm getting no sound from either the VieraConnect programs or PS3.

The unit does work, I can get PS3 audio and video if I go directly from the PS3 to the SB's HDMI IN, but still no audio when I switch the SB to tv.

That is the best way to connect your PS3 so leave it there.

You should be getting audio from ARC for the VieraConnect stuff. Check settings on TV to be sure VieraLink is set properly. Check your soundbar to be sure ARC is turned on. See page 20 of the owner's manual.
post #234 of 253
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

You should be getting audio from ARC for the VieraConnect stuff. Check settings on TV to be sure VieraLink is set properly. Check your soundbar to be sure ARC is turned on. See page 20 of the owner's manual.

When I select the VieraLink key on my tv remote "Speaker output" is greyed out and un-selectable. When I select the Vieralink settings through the menu it lists home theater, also greyed out and un-selectable.

I turned ARC on on the soundbar but nothing changed. Is there a way to enable ARC on the TC-P42GT25, I can't find it in the manual?
post #235 of 253
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Originally Posted by thecuse View Post

When I select the VieraLink key on my tv remote the audio selection is greyed out and un-selectable. When I select the Vieralink settings through the menu it lists home theater, also greyed out and un-selectable.

I turned ARC on on the soundbar but nothing changed.

Something's not right because neither should be greyed out. The only suggestion I have is to follow the steps in the manual for adding/changing Vieralink components. If that doesn't change anything, try testing with an optical cable (turn ARC off again on the soundbar). That would at least let you know if the soundbar is working okay.
post #236 of 253
Looking for a little help with getting my subwoofer working properly.

I picked up my soundbar through Sixth Ave via their Amazon website. I was in the midst of moving in and my wife was about 8 moths pregnant so the box sat sealed for several months until this past week when I set it up. SO, returns/warranty are pretty much not going to work.

So onto the problem. I hooked everything up and all seemed well until the system had been on for about a day or two. Then I noticed that the Subwoofer would thump when I changed the channel. I tried shutting the sub down, disconnecting the power and then reseting. Thump was still there on channel change. So, I turned the sub off for a day and came back to it yesterday. I turned the sub on but didn't change the channel. I walked to the other end of the house to take care of a few things and with in 5 minutes I heard a really loud series of random base noises coming from the living room. I walk in and find that the sub is just going crazy with what I can only assume was amplified white noise or something. So, I turned the sub off. The entire time I've had no problems with the sound bar, it's only the sub.

Viera link is hooked up and functioning by the way.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Wes
post #237 of 253
Do you means. You change the TV channels or cable box? How do you set your sub? More info please. Thanks
Did you check the cable connected to the sub by shaking it? Make sure it does not lose? I got branch new cable out of the box and give me the noise because it's lose one end
post #238 of 253
Hi all,

I posted this in an older thread, but this one is more current and it seems I might be able to get advice more quickly.

I have a Panasonic TH-50PZ80U panel and a SC-HTB500 sound bar. I only need the bar to read the audio feed from the panel. I have the sound bar connected to the panel via:

The panel's HDMI 2 port -> Sound bar TV port
The panel's digital audio port -> Sound bar digital audio port
(this panel does not have ARC)

I have the Viera settings configured to "wake" and "sleep" the sound bar with the panel, and to send audio to "Home Theater" as default.

When the panel is turned on, it will also turn on the bar, and I get about 1 second of audio until the input source on the bar switches to BluRay. I have to manually switch the bar back to the TV input to restore sound.

I spent about an hour with Panasonic support today and they determined that the Viera link was forcing the bar to switch to the BluRay input and the only way to prevent this is to disable Viera.

I find this disappointing for obvious reasons and was hoping that someone could help me determine how better to address this.

Thanks!

Chris
post #239 of 253
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Originally Posted by chrison600 View Post

Hi all,

I posted this in an older thread, but this one is more current and it seems I might be able to get advice more quickly.

I have a Panasonic TH-50PZ80U panel and a SC-HTB500 sound bar. I only need the bar to read the audio feed from the panel. I have the sound bar connected to the panel via:

The panel's HDMI 2 port -> Sound bar TV port
The panel's digital audio port -> Sound bar digital audio port
(this panel does not have ARC)

I have the Viera settings configured to "wake" and "sleep" the sound bar with the panel, and to send audio to "Home Theater" as default.

When the panel is turned on, it will also turn on the bar, and I get about 1 second of audio until the input source on the bar switches to BluRay. I have to manually switch the bar back to the TV input to restore sound.

I spent about an hour with Panasonic support today and they determined that the Viera link was forcing the bar to switch to the BluRay input and the only way to prevent this is to disable Viera.

I find this disappointing for obvious reasons and was hoping that someone could help me determine how better to address this.

Thanks!

Chris

I don't suppose Panasonic support figured out WHY Vieralink is doing this because that is the question.

Do you have anything connected to the HDMI input on the soundbar? From what you posted, it seems that you don't. When you go to Vieralink, does it show any device other than home theater? I'm guessing a bit, but it sounds like Vieralink is "seeing" active signal on the BD input and that's why it's going there.

Turning off Vieralink would solve the problem, but of course you then lose the auto-on auto-off feature. A few things you could try although I've no idea if any of them will help:
  • Turn Vieralink off, then set it up again to see if anything changes
  • Attach an HDMI cable to the soundbar's input
  • Connect an HDMI component (with or without CEC) to the soundbar
post #240 of 253
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

I don't suppose Panasonic support figured out WHY Vieralink is doing this because that is the question.

Do you have anything connected to the HDMI input on the soundbar? From what you posted, it seems that you don't. When you go to Vieralink, does it show any device other than home theater? I'm guessing a bit, but it sounds like Vieralink is "seeing" active signal on the BD input and that's why it's going there.

Turning off Vieralink would solve the problem, but of course you then lose the auto-on auto-off feature. A few things you could try although I've no idea if any of them will help:
  • Turn Vieralink off, then set it up again to see if anything changes
  • Attach an HDMI cable to the soundbar's input
  • Connect an HDMI component (with or without CEC) to the soundbar

Hello there,

Interestingly, if you turn Viera Link off and turn the panel + sound bar on and get everything set as you want it, when you open the panel's admin menu and enable Viera Link, the sound bar switches to BD input.

Tried connecting an HDMI cable from the sound bar's input port to HDMI 3 (input) on the panel's front inputs and also connecting that cable to a BD player. Same behavior as before. Panel turns on, bar turns on, bar switches to BD input.

Any other thoughts?

Chris
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