Originally Posted by parksjae
Bought my Samsung UN46ES7100 today along with HW-E450 -- everything still in box but both ARC compatible I believe. Just bought a house, setting up TV over fireplace so we need to hide the wires. Building custom mantel which I thought was the hard part until this soundbar crap has my head spinning. So before I bury the wires in the wall, I want to make sure I understand this so I can run the wires correctly.
Bought at HH Greg. Sales guy at HH Greg said when hooking a HDMI cord into soundbar (i.e. for the cable box), and that HDMI goes out of soundbar into the TV, only that input (i.e. cable) will work with the soundbar. In this example, if I have the cable going through the soundbar, and another device (i.e. PS3) that hooks directly into TV, the soundbar wouldn't work with ps3. He said only way to have multiple devices come through soundbar is using optical -- in which case you need to use multiple remotes. From what I've read in this thread, is this not true? If I have multiple HDMI devices, i.e. cable box, ps3, apple tv -- do I pick one to run through the soundbar -- or do I plug all 3 into TV and only run and HDMI out from the soundbar into the arc spot?
Also, for those that have used the Bluetooth to play music, is it possible to stream music AND have the TV on? Sales guy said if cable is plugged into sound bar with HDMI and is using ARC, if I switch the source to Bluetooth the screen will be black. Basically I want to know if we have ppl over could I put a game on the TV with no audio and have ability to play music through soundbar.
Lastly, is there a benefit to hook up optical AND ARC? Which would it default too?
Appreciate the help in advance!
I have a Samsung E350 Sound Bar and a Toshiba TV that does not support ARC. With this setup I realized I can only connect one HDMI device to the Sound Bar.
To solve my problem I found that 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.
And, because I wanted the better HDMI digital audio from my DVD player, 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.
FYI - More details about my setup can be found in Post #533 in this E450 thread.
Check out these switches on KINVIO's site and/or Amazon..Edited by KA2X - 5/6/13 at 4:50pm