Originally Posted by Mongo171
I use an OPPO Blu-ray player. Doesn't matter what the make of the Blu-ray player is (or AVR/Pre=Pro). My TV speakers are still on. I have my Blu-ray player hooked up to HDMI 2 on the TV (my Blu-ray player is hooked directly to my TV). When I want to use ARC, I enable ARC in my Blu-ray player and I get sound to my system. Of course, I turn down my TV speakers.
I am not having issues with the Sony HT-CT660
which is a 2.1 system. My TV is in a room that is a nightmare to put a surround system, basically open on to the rear, with two hallways and its 2 stories high. Anyway, it has 3 HDMI in, one out which I have plugged into the HDMI 2 of the TV. When I use the TV remote, it has pass through IR and on the TV has an area that comes up with a plus and a minus sign in a black box and an arrow that points to which way the volume is going. I can also swap the sound bar speakers with the TV via the Sony remote. I can also switch to the Smart TV features and it automatically switches input to TV. So the Sony Bravia linking system seems compatible with Panasonic's Viera.
I have all my devices, more than the 3 HDMI inputs, going through the sound bar. I use a multiple input port that supports HDMI 1.4 plugged into one of the inputs and a Roku 2 and Dish receiver plugged into the other.
Man, I wish I had a room that was practical for a true surround system. I had a chance to review a Denon AVR-X3000 for free but just don't have the room to use it in. .