Originally Posted by ddarche
Maybe I could ask what features you get via the use of ARC with your Pioneer receiver? I use a custom remote with macros to set things up for various usage.
So far I must use the digital audio out cable from the HX929 to a separate input on my new-ish Pioneer receiver in order to route audio from the TV, to the receiver when I am using internet sources on the TV directly.
Do you have to do this or is the ARC connection supposed to handle this?
Maybe I don't have ARC setup properly on the TV or receiver to allow to route audio when using internet sources to pass through the receiver, directly from the TV? Should this pass via HDMI using the ARC inputs on everything?
Any thoughts on the matter appreciated.
ARC combined with HDMI control gives me:
- When I turn on the cable box and TV, the receiver auto turns on and auto selects the TV input. It auto shuts off the TV speakers.
- If I shut off the TV, the receiver also shuts off and it returns sound to the TV speakers.
- If I change the input on the receiver (say to Blu-ray), it auto changes the TV to the receiver input.
- One cable between the receiver and the TV.
Note that (although this doesn't matter) that I have the cable box plugged directly into the TV (via HDMI), not to the receiver. This is so I can watch TV without using the receiver (even though the receiver is supposed to have pass-through, but it simplifies my connections and hides cables).
This is my setup (Sony HX929, Pioneer SC55)On the Pioneer
:Setup>System Setup>4e HDMI Setup
Control Mode: All
Display Power Off: Yes
Standby Through: Eco
TV Audio: Via HDMIOn the TV
:Settings>Channels and Inputs>HDMI Settings
Control for HDMI: On
Device Auto Power Off: On
TV Auto Power On: On
Device List: You should see (or you should add) the HDMI input for the receiver
Device Control Keys: Tuning Keys
Also, for this to work on the Pioneer, you can't have anything plugged into either the analog or digital "TV" audio input. If you do, the ARC won't work. (I called Pioneer on this because I thought there could be an easy firmware upgrade to fix this, but they claimed not.)
You probably get a similar result using the custom macros, but I like the fact that i didn't need to buy an expensive custom remote and I didn't have to program macros. It's really the combination of ARC and HDMI control that makes this work efficiently and well. While this doesn't do absolutely everything that a custom remote would do (like going directly to a particular channel or dousing the lights), it's far simpler. I do have a remote application (L5 remote) on an extra iPhone that I have in which I can setup particular channels and other functions and customize the remote panels, but I hardly ever bother to use it.
Having said all that, if your optical cable is bringing sound from the TV to the Pioneer, there's no reason I can think of why the sound from internet sources wouldn't also feed through that optical cable. That output doesn't "know" what the source is AFAIK. But using ARC, I don't have that problem. It all works.
Also, just as an FYI, it's rare that I use the HX929 to watch or listen to internet content. I usually do that from the Blu-ray player (OPPO), which generally has better UI than the Sony TV does. The Pioneer also has some internet content, but the UI is so incredibly awful that I absolutely never use that. (In fact, one of my rants is that I think the industry has made a mistake by putting all this redundant functionality in receivers, TVs and in Blu-ray players, not to mention other external boxes like AppleTV, Roku, Google Chromecast or whatever. We're paying for all this redundancy and especially for neophyte consumers, makes it all incredibly confusing. I'm an ex-recording engineer and even I was confused when I first hooked up the system.)