Originally Posted by ovrdrvn
Samsung tech support (level 2...no comment as to the skillset) claimed their LED 7000 series was capable of routing 5.1 back to the AVR. While their own 3090 cable box and the Cisco were faisl in this capacity, I did get an Apple TV (set to Dolby rather than Auto) to send 5.1 successfully. Will try a Blue Ray player in the next fee days and report back.
Anyone see an advantage of either routing the cable box HDMI through the TV or through the AVR (optical from the cable box in the AVR in both cases)?
If you connect a Blu-Ray player to your TV and pop in a Blu Ray disc which most likely will have "DolbyTruHD" or " DTS-HD Master Audio" soundtrack, the TV will only output at best 5.1, so you are better off connecting the Blu-Ray player, as well as the Cable box , directly to the Denon (assuming your Denon supports DolbyTruHD and DTS Master audio).
Another advantage (at least for me) is that if your Samsung and Denon have HDMI control capability, they can both power on or off simultaneously with the TV remote, also you can control the receiver's volume with the TV remote. I think Samsung calls it "Anynet".
Also assuming your Blu-Ray player is "HDMI-link" capable, if you turn on your Blu-Ray player, the receiver will switch to the correct input automatically.
I have a Panasonic TV and Blu-Ray player with Viera-link, plus an Onkyo HT-S3400 recieiver and the components linked together works great.
Also another reason I go the the receiver first is so I can see the receiver's "on-screen display" when making adjustments, something you can't do if you go to the TV first.
In my opinion, the tv's "digital audio out" is only to be used for OTA broadcasts, or gaming consoles like the Wii, which is only 2 Ch stereo anyway.