Just wanted to add my experience with setting up this bar to work with my setup. I was tearing my hair out trying to follow the flawed samsung manual (both paper ones in the box and the online support).
But post 672 in this thread simplified it for me, so I'm pretty much repeating his post, but I think it underlines the point that this works, and the samsung instructions are misleading and just plain wrong!
- Samsung 6 series UE46 D6530 WKXXU (ARC capable - googled ARC as I had no idea)
- Samsung HW-F450
- Virgin Media TiVo HD
- PS3 Slim
- 3 x HDMI cables
- Throw away the manual
- Connect HDMI from the HW-F450 sound bar's HDMI Out to the TV's HDMI ARC in (port 2 on my TV)
This is actually going to be the TV's dedicated audio out, as wells as control of the sound bar (auto off and volume)
- Connect TiVo to TV via HDMI (port 1 on my TV)
- Connect PS3 to TV via HDMI (port 3 on my TV)
- Turn everything on.
- Enable Anynet+ on my TV, and in the sub options for Anynet+ I set "Auto Turn Off" to Yes, and set "Receiver" to Off (not sure what enabling this would do with my TiVo - anyone?)
- I think step 6 changed my TV's audio output setting to External Speakers, but I may have set that manually, regardless, ensure it isn't using TV speakers.
- Enable Anynet+ on the sound bar.
- Set sound bar's input to D-In, although this has been renamed to TV ARC... I guess that makes sense.
- Set my TiVo remote to work with Samsung code (can't remember which, but I did that ages ago).
So with that setup, the way it works now is that with everything turned off, if I turn on my TiVo and my TV (using TiVo remote) and the sound bar stays off, but audio comes out of the TV. Then I turn on the sound bar (either with HW-F450's remote, or on the unit itself) and the sound bar takes over the audio, and the TV mutes.
If I switch HDMI inputs to my PS3 (again using the TiVo remote, handy trick) then audio comes out of the sound bar.
Finally, I turn off the TV, and the sound bar turns off too.
For me, this is the perfect setup, as when the kids turn the TV on in the morning, I don't want the sound bar on!!! But when we want to watch something with a bit more oomph, we just power on the F450 and it takes over the audio. And for me this sound bar is spot on for my house. Loud, crisp, bassy and immersive. Handles dialog, explosions and music equally well.
Spot on Samsung, however you need to re-write your manuals!
Edited by Dabozuk - 1/7/14 at 11:15am