Originally Posted by LBJ2
I can certainly understand your frustration ... I believe the seem-less operation you are describing is normal operations for the 550W. You should be able to set up the same using the Bravia Sync and HDMI Control Setting on both the TV and 550W. Something is definitely amiss...which remote are you using to control all of this? ( Are you able to take the TimeWarner box out of the equation for a test?)
OK, so I took your advice and took the Time Warner box out of it. Now, I am more confused than ever because it is still operating the same way. Connections were as follows:
- Coaxial cable line from wall to back of tv
- Optical cable from tv out to sound bar receiver optical in
- HDMI from blu ray out to receiver bd in
- HDMI from receiver tv out to tv HDMI in 1 (only did this for the purpose of blu ray)
I turned on the tv, and the sound bar turned on. Still had no volume numbers on the tv, just a volume icon on the bottom of the screen with a +/- sign. Then, I turned on the blu ray player, and the sound bar switched to the blu ray input, but the system sound muted. I turned the blu ray player back off, and the sound bar stayed on blu ray, and stayed muted, and the tv said it was switching back to internal speakers.
To make matters worse, I took the sound bar system down to my other tv in the basement (KDL-52VE5) and it did the exact same thing. So, I tried the second sound bar that I have, and you guessed it, same thing. This whole thing makes me think something is set up incorrectly with my bravia sync, but how hard can it be? HDMI control is "on" for all of my components. Connected components are listed on the TV. That's it, right? GRRRRRR!!