Originally Posted by Possumgirl
The soundbar applies DSP to whatever signal it receives. I think you're going to have to let your ears decide what differences there are. Do the following test and leave the TV speakers OFF while testing. First use the HDMI connection and listen that way. Then go the analog route and listen to it. If your cable box is a DVR replay the same recording for both listening experiences. If the HDMI doesn't sound better to you, use the analog and turn your TV speakers on and enjoy. It's your system.
Possumgirl & Doctego,
I was on the same track to compare the analog & digital sound.
And, I finally caved in and set up my HW-E350 Sound Bar with HDMI connections.What a difference compared to the analog set up I was using!(with both the TV and Sound Bar speakers on).
The DSP sound from the HDMI setup is 'Head & Shoulders' above the analog setup.
And, it certainly doesn't need the TV speakers.
Here's how I am set up:
* Physical connections:
- HDMI cables - Cable Box HDMI output to Sound Bar HDMI IN; Sound Bar HDMI OUT to TV HDMI.
- 3.5mm stereo cable with male plugs at each end from TV Analog output to Sound Bar Analog input.
* TV menu setting:
* Sound Bar remote setting:
AnyNet+ – OFF
* Harmony remote settings:
- Add Samsung HW-E350 as a Device
- For activities “Watch TV” & “Listen to Music” set the Sound Bar to HDMI
- For activities “Watch DVD”, “Play VCR” & “Watch Basic Cable” set the Sound Bar to AUX.
- For all activities set the Sound Bar to control volume.
Use the Harmony remote to control Sound Bar:
- Power on/off
- Volume for all activities
Use the Sound Bar remote to tweak it's settings and to switch speakers.
NOTE: These activities use analog sound input and the Harmony is programmed to switch to the Sound Bar AUX input:
- “Watch VCR” uses Composite analog signals
- “Watch Basic Cable” uses Coaxial analog signals
- “Watch DVD”
“Watch DVD” uses an HDMI connection between the DVD player and the TV. The DVD player HDMI output cannot connect to the Sound Bar HDMI input (which is connected to the Set Top Box HDMI output).
“Watch DVD” – Harmony remote volume controls control TV volume & does not switch to Sound Bar volume control.
FYI - I revised the original setup description in this post to show I connected the analog Sound Bar AUX & TV Analog Out with a stereo cable and programmed the Harmony remote to use the Sound Bar for control of sound in all activities.FYI - I finally realized I can only connect one HDMI device to the Sound Bar. I found out there are HDMI switches that are used to select an HDMI connection to the Sound Bar from 2 or more HDMI devices. These inexpensive switches range from mechanical push-button to IR remote control.
Post Script to above FYI:
I wanted the better digital audio from my DVD player. So I bought a KINVIO 301BN HDMI Switch. Now I can feed either my Cable box or my DVD player to the Sound Bar. The Switch automatically senses and connects to the active HDMI signal. If more than one HDMI signal is present, push buttons on the Switch and on the IR remote are used to manually select the desired HDMI signal.I reprogrammed my Harmony remote to use the HDMI setting on my Sound Bar when the DVD player is running and the audio is outstanding!Thanks again for all the information and advice!Edited by KA2X - 3/20/13 at 3:42pm