Hi there all, I was kindly referred over to this thread by POSSUMGIRL who valiantly tried to answer my question in another thread but unfortunately I'm still abit lost and need more help. I'm going to go ahead and re-post my original question with some updated additional details along with her response. Just after that I'll ask my new questions and hopefully be able to finally resolve this conundrum (I think I'm starting to sound like a character in David Lynch's Dune movie, inner-monologue and all.. "Questions within questions within questions"..hehe..). +10 bonus points to those who got that reference, although I don't actually know what one could use the points for..haha.. And away..we..go:
Please bear with me as I'm fairly new to this great site and no advanced techie, I just know how to hook up an HDTV to my cable box & videogame consoles w/ HDMI cables and sync my wireless devices to the wireless router..hehe..
*Please note that I haven't received the TV & BD Player as yet but will within the week; I just wanted to get things in order beforehand and have a plan so that I don't have to go micky-mucking about later on*
Individual products, which I'll hereafter refer to as "Components", that will be included:
-an LG INFINIA 55LW5600 55" Full 3D 1080p HDTV LED LCD Television w/ Web Browser and Internet Apps; here's the Input/Outputs:
Side - USB 2.0 x2 & HDMI/HDCP Input x4
Rear Panel - RF In (Antenna/Cable) x1, AV In x2, Component Video In (Y, Pb, Pr) + Audio x2, Digital Audio Out (Optical) x1, RGB In (D-Sub 15pin) - PC x1, PC Audio Input x1, LAN x1, RS-232c In (Control/Service) x1, Headphone Out x1 & Wireless Control x1
-an LG BD670 3D Wireless Network Blu-ray Disc Player w/ Smart TV; here's the Input/Outputs:
Digital Optical Out x1, Audio L/R Out x1, HDMI Out x1, Composite Video Out x1, Component Video Out x1, Digital Coaxial Out x1 & LAN Port (RJ-45) x1
-a JVC TH-BA1 Soundbar system w/ 4.1 channel & Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic II Decoders, 2 Digital Optical Audio-In ports, 2.4GHz Wireless Subwoofer and an accompanying Mediabridge Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (which I'll abbreviate to DOA)
-An Iogear 4-port HDMI Switch Box, the only one I found that also has a remote which comes in very handy, connected to the rear panel of my current HDTV via a single HDMI cable. The switch-box is currently supporting the following 4 components via individual HDMI cables:
-a Comcast 3D-ready HD-DVR
-3 separate gaming consoles: my PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii; normally the Wii has no HDMI compatibility but I purchased a 3rd-party VDIGI VD-W3 Upscaler that allows me to use one.
Ok, so here's the scoop: I now know from reading the forums here that the soundbar itself doesn't support an HDMI cable, only the 2 Digital Optical Audio-In ports. As I haven't received the new LG TV & BD Player yet, I'm currently using my soundbar w/ my older TV a Vizio VP504F, which the new LG 3DHDTV will replace. It's connected to the Vizio via the Mediabridge Toslink Optical Digital Audio Cable I bought alongside the soundbar back in Feb '10.
With that in mind, does anyone know if I'll encounter problems connecting the TH-BA1 directly to the new LG set via the optical digital audio cable? Will I lose any sound fidelity? Does the 3D BD Player come into play and make the setup more complicated? If there are potential problems could someone please suggest any work-arounds? I don't want to have to look for a newer soundbar and shell out more $.
POSSUMGIRL's kind response: "Hi Kurt. As you know from reading this thread, the TV will only output 2 ch. stereo from components connected to it. With some soundbars that doesn't matter much, but the TH-BA1 is a true 4.1 soundbar that can process DD5.1 and DTS. There is a dedicated thread here for it and Davyo is our resident expert. He always recommends connecting audio via optical directly to the soundbar so you're only using the video portion of your HDMI connection on the panel.
You didn't mention if you have other components besides the new BD player. Like a cable/sat receiver? You need to use one optical from the TV for your internet streaming apps. So....
Connect the BD player via HDMI to TV, disable HDMI audio-out on the player, and connect optical from player to bar.
If you happen to watch TV OTA, just connect optical from TV to the other optical in on the bar and you're good to go. If however, you have a receiver you've got a choice. Connect it to the TV and settle for 2 ch. stereo out, or consider getting an optical switch to connect both the receiver and TV to the bar."
OK, here's my new list of questions that I hope you'll be able to help me with:
-First off it seems as though I should purchase at least one additional Toslink DOA Cable, right?
-IN GENERAL: What would be the best way to setup my new layout in regards to where all the HDMI and DOA cables should go in order for me to be able to watch TV via the cable box, BD's via the Wireless player and switch between my 3 game consoles via the 4-port HDMI switch?
FYI: If I have to take a hit and lose the option of using a DOA cable on any of my components because there's just not enough connection options for them all to be able go through the soundbar and I'm limited to just the 2 that's built into it, I'd prefer one connected directly to the TV set and the other I'd connect to either the BD Player or the single game console I use the most. When answering please do so with a layman's knowledge in mind and a step-by-step walkthrough would be fantastic, thanks.
-Since the new BD Player is Wireless and I assume if I can link it to the TV as such without having to use either an HDMI or DOA cable, does it still factor into the mix? Or should I be using a 2nd DOA cable irregardless to link it to one of the 2 available DOA-In ports on the soundbar to get the best sound quality?
-POSSUMGIRL mentioned an option of getting an optical switch - how does it work, where would I connect it to and how would it affect my setup? How many switches can you use at a time, e.g. daisy-chain them somehow, or do they come with a variable amount of ports? I'm assuming since it's a "switch" it works like my HDMI switch-box, possibly sans remote, or am I not conceptualizing it correctly? If when using the switch is it something I'd have to swap/select between manually each time I wanted/needed to change it, depending on which component I'm using at the time?
-On the soundbar's remote I see there's 2 Input buttons, DIGITAL 1 and DIGITAL 2. Since I haven't used a 2nd DOA cable before, does this mean if I have 2 components, say the TV and BD Player w/ each one using its own DOA cable in the soundbar's available DOA Inputs, that I would use those DIGITAL 1-2 Input buttons to be able to use the soundbar in conjunction with whatever particular component I'm using at the moment? Also, what's the DRC button used for on the remote?
I know I'm asking alot of very verbose questions & details and may be repeating myself in some of them, but there just seems to be so many possible options in hooking all my stuff up together and wanting to get the best use of the soundbar with each individual one, if possible. I'm most likely over-analyzing this whole thing but I'm just silly that way. It's a wonder I haven't fried all my brain cells just writing this whole epic saga...hehe... At any rate, any help I can get would be very much appreciated and would like to thank you in advance for the time spent on answering.