Originally Posted by dojoman
Does your soundbar support ARC? I just got a Panasonic soundbar with ARC support and it works great. Leave all your inputs on TV (PS3 & DVR) and just hookup one HDMI from TV that has ARC and connect the same cable to soundbar HDMI ARC that's it. You don't even need optical cable. When you turn on TV, the soundbar will turn on automatically thru HDMI control. You can also adjust soundbar volume with your current remote. I'm so glad I got one with HDMI ARC.
If you read the posts preceding yours, you'll note that many TVs do not
output 5.1 audio over ARC/optical from devices connected to the TV via HDMI. Of course you can simply connect devices to the TV and use ARC, but you may not be getting the best audio format available. It's up to each person to decide if they want 5.1 audio (when available) or 2 ch. stereo.