Originally Posted by ddarche
Thx chi-guy. That is how I have it working today. The toslink from the TV goes to the "TV" input on my Pioneer receiver for audio only and my custom remote macro goes to that input when I want to view anything on the TV from the Internet offerings. I thought there was a "more-elegant" way to do this using the HDMI cable plugged into the ARC output on the TV and into the ARC input on my receiver. Did I miss another way to do this? The TV is the only Sony device in my system.
From my (somewhat limited) experience with ARC, it can be an iffy proposition, especially when trying to get two devices from different manufacturers to interoperate effectively. (The HDMI protocol alone is notoriously flaky, with rampant "handshake" issues, without adding CEC into the mix.)
As far as the TV is concerned, there are not a lot of controls to adjust. I assume that you are using a known good high-speed HDMI cable in the TV's HDMI1 input (labelled "ARC") to connect to the AVR. Once you have connected the other end of the cable to your AVR's ARC-enabled HDMI output, turn on both units and, on the TV main menu, go to Channels & Inputs -> HDMI Settings and make sure that your audio system is on the Device List and that Control for HDMI is set to "On." (As a side note, ARC will not function if Control4 (found under Preferences -> Control4) is on, so make sure this is set to "Off.")
On the AVR side, every manufacturer has different menus and options, so you might have to sort through your user's manual (which I'm certain you have already done) and/or communicate with Pioneer customer service to troubleshoot your ARC functionality.
For my part, I don't care to use ARC with my AVR set-up (Sony XBR-55HX929 and Denon AVR-3311CI, with all ancillary equipment running through the AVR); I find ARC is not as responsive to my situational needs as is attainable using a programmable remote control (I currently use the Sony RM-VLZ620). So I am utilizing the Toslink audio connection to get digital audio originating in the TV to play through my 7.1/2.0/2.0 three-zone audio system.
I am all for "elegance" (I can't tolerate a set-up that has any visible cables), but I think this is as elegant an arrangement as you could ask for. Granted, you have to run one additional cable, but the Toslink is very slim and therefore unobtrusive and AFAIK it conveys the same quality digital sound that you get through HDMI.
On the other hand, I am
using ARC in the master bedroom, where I have a KDL-46HX729 and a Sony HT-CT350 3.1 "Home Theatre System." There, CEC works perfectly, turning the audio system on/off and directing audio to the external speakers whenever I power the TV on/off; but, again, both of these components are from Sony so the Bravia Sync feature comes into play.Edited by chi_guy50 - 11/27/13 at 5:45am