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post #9121 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Latinoheat View Post


Can I ask you why are you using an optical cable too when you have ARC?

Yes, thank you for asking because it reminded me to get rid of it, as I no longer need it! Before I ran the Audessy on the AVR I had my cable direct into the TV, then for USB media sound I went opt out to the AVR, after I configured the AVR and used the ARC out, I forgot to get rid of the opt out cable, so after reading your question it just dawned upon me that I no longer need it! smile.gif
post #9122 of 9713
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Originally Posted by tpollagi View Post

I have a Pivos AIOS media player connected to the GT with HDMI for video and simple audio AND a separate optical cable running from the PIVOS to my receiver so I can get the DTS sound tracks that most of my video files have.

Thanks for the all the details!

Since my PC is a few years old, I'll have to ponder on either upgrading the video board on it or go the route you are currently using, which is to use a dedicated media player.

Thank you all for the options and ideas!
post #9123 of 9713
How can tell if ARC is enabled on a GT50? What buttons do you press to find the ARC function?
post #9124 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Jammers10 View Post

How can tell if ARC is enabled on a GT50? What buttons do you press to find the ARC function?

http://www.panasonic.com/mobile/consumer/2012vieratips/vieratips.asp?lang=en&model=GT50

"Connect Home Theater Via HDMI".
post #9125 of 9713
Doesn't ARC have to be enabled on the TV by the remote?
post #9126 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Jammers10 View Post

Doesn't ARC have to be enabled on the TV by the remote?


I just posted a step by step on what to do.

1) Use HDMI 2
2) Viera Tools on Remote
3) Viera Link
4) Choose Speaker Outlet: Home Theater
post #9127 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Jammers10 View Post

How can tell if ARC is enabled on a GT50? What buttons do you press to find the ARC function?

What makes you think that HDMI2, which is labeled ARC, is not enabled as ARC?
post #9128 of 9713
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Originally Posted by size14d View Post

I just posted a step by step on what to do.

1) Use HDMI 2
2) Viera Tools on Remote
3) Viera Link
4) Choose Speaker Outlet: Home Theater


It is not activated when Speaker Outlet is set to TV Speakers.
post #9129 of 9713
You're not enabling/activating it, you're telling it what to do.
post #9130 of 9713
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

You're not enabling/activating it, you're telling it what to do.

I am telling it not to ignore the signals from the surround system, same effect in the end. And I say that because I can turn the surround speakers off and turn the TV speakers back on with my surround system. I guess you could use that same reasoning to say your TV is on when its off too.
post #9131 of 9713
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Originally Posted by size14d View Post

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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

You're not enabling/activating it, you're telling it what to do.

I am telling it not to ignore the signals from the surround system, same effect in the end. And I say that because I can turn the surround speakers off and turn the TV speakers back on with my surround system. I guess you could use that same reasoning to say your TV is on when its off too.

You're so funny. How about thinking about it as a traffic director. BTW, not everyone sets the GT50 to Theater to get the tv to play right with their avr. wink.gif
post #9132 of 9713
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

You're so funny. How about thinking about it as a traffic director. BTW, not everyone sets the GT50 to Theater to get the tv to play right with their avr. wink.gif


My sound equipment instructions told me to "enable ARC" on my TV. Probably not the only one that says that, mine is from Sony. If its always on in the Panasonic GT50, great. But that is probably where the question originated. And the Panasonic not working with another make's audio equipment? No way! lol
post #9133 of 9713
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Originally Posted by size14d View Post

My sound equipment instructions told me to "enable ARC" on my TV. Probably not the only one that says that, mine is from Sony. If its always on in the Panasonic GT50, great. But that is probably where the question originated. And the Panasonic not working with another make's audio equipment? No way! lol

I'm pretty sure ARC is activated on HDMI 2 all the time since it is the designated ARC connection.

You do have to enable it in your AVR.
post #9134 of 9713
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post #9135 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Mongo171 View Post

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Originally Posted by size14d View Post

My sound equipment instructions told me to "enable ARC" on my TV. Probably not the only one that says that, mine is from Sony. If its always on in the Panasonic GT50, great. But that is probably where the question originated. And the Panasonic not working with another make's audio equipment? No way! lol

I'm pretty sure ARC is activated on HDMI 2 all the time since it is the designated ARC connection.

You do have to enable it in your AVR.

Right.
post #9136 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Mongo171 View Post

I'm pretty sure ARC is activated on HDMI 2 all the time since it is the designated ARC connection.

You do have to enable it in your AVR.

And I am just as sure that when the engineers at Sony wrote their instructions they didn't know I would be using it with a Panasonic GT50. See my point? Someone comes on here asking how to enable ARC, they might be coming here based on instructions they read from their AV equipment. LG TVs, for example, need to have ARC turned on. I haven't tried yet, but does ARC work with Viera Link set to TV Speakers? If it doesn't, that constitutes being off in my book. wink.gif
post #9137 of 9713
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Originally Posted by size14d View Post

And I am just as sure that when the engineers at Sony wrote their instructions they didn't know I would be using it with a Panasonic GT50. See my point? Someone comes on here asking how to enable ARC, they might be coming here based on instructions they read from their AV equipment. LG TVs, for example, need to have ARC turned on. I haven't tried yet, but does ARC work with Viera Link set to TV Speakers? If it doesn't, that constitutes being off in my book. wink.gif

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.
post #9138 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Mongo171 View Post

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. .
post #9139 of 9713
If you have an A/V reciever and speaker setup, turn your TV speakers off. There is no reason to have them on at that point.
post #9140 of 9713
@HD - Master

Did you finally get to calibrate your THX mode and if so which pattern size did you use...

I calibrated my GT30 THX with 4% patterns with pleasing results and I was just curious if you tried various sizes that you liked.
post #9141 of 9713
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post

@HD - Master

Did you finally get to calibrate your THX mode and if so which pattern size did you use...

I calibrated my GT30 THX with 4% patterns with pleasing results and I was just curious if you tried various sizes that you liked.
Not yet. I had to replace my meter and I haven't gotten around to it yet. I have been using 4% patterns as well.
post #9142 of 9713
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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

If you have an A/V reciever and speaker setup, turn your TV speakers off. There is no reason to have them on at that point.


When you go into Viera Connect and set the speakers from TV to Home Theater, it does that for you. Plus on my Sony I can swap back to the TV speakers if I want,.
post #9143 of 9713
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Originally Posted by size14d View Post

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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

If you have an A/V reciever and speaker setup, turn your TV speakers off. There is no reason to have them on at that point.


When you go into Viera Connect and set the speakers from TV to Home Theater, it does that for you. Plus on my Sony I can swap back to the TV speakers if I want,.
Right. My point was that if someone has an A/V reciever (or soundbar) with any speaker configuration (2.0, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, etc.) there is no need to ever use the TV speakers. Even if someone is only watching the news, it will handle that stereo or DD 2.0 far better than TV speakers ever will.
post #9144 of 9713
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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

Right. My point was that if someone has an A/V reciever (or soundbar) with any speaker configuration (2.0, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, etc.) there is no need to ever use the TV speakers. Even if someone is only watching the news, it will handle that stereo or DD 2.0 far better than TV speakers ever will.

Well, late at night its easier to switch to TV speakers vs going through my AV menu to find night mode and get the sub turned off. That is the only reason I would consider it, but yeah I agree.

EDIT: Went back and checked, and yep, lol, one of my system presets is for "News".
Edited by size14d - 7/2/13 at 7:39pm
post #9145 of 9713
Is there a way to turn the red, green, blue, and yellow buttons on the remote into a custom shortcut? I don't see much use for them other than the red one being used to enter the deeper 3D menu upon 3D activation. I would like it to shortcut to the sleep timer, or selecting different picture modes. biggrin.gif
post #9146 of 9713
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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

If you have an A/V reciever and speaker setup, turn your TV speakers off. There is no reason to have them on at that point.
Glad to see you're back!
post #9147 of 9713
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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

If you have an A/V reciever and speaker setup, turn your TV speakers off. There is no reason to have them on at that point.

My Harmony One does that for me. When I just want to watch TV without the bother of 5.1 audio, I have a specific H1 activity that turns on TV speakers and leaves AVR turned off. HDMI CEC is enabled on AVR to pass TV signal through to TV.

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Originally Posted by MacNThorens View Post

Glad to see you're back!

BTW for you mate, I found something I hadn't expected of Harmony One last week. My H1 is 3-4 years old and I've been having some strange problems of it recently. Turns out the battery in it had swelled and wouldn't come out when I tried to replace it. Had to purchase an industrial quality tool to remove it. PITA. eek.gif

Satisfactorily removed it and replaced battery. All is well now, but others haven't been as lucky.

Something to watch out for when your remote gets as old as mine. It's a common problem with certain types of batteries.
Edited by Iain- - 7/3/13 at 11:48am
post #9148 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Iain- View Post

My Harmony One does that for me. When I just want to watch TV without the bother of 5.1 audio, I have a specific H1 activity that turns on TV speakers and leaves AVR turned off. HDMI CEC is enabled on AVR to pass TV signal through to TV.
BTW for you mate, I found something I hadn't expected of Harmony One last week. My H1 is 3-4 years old and I've been having some strange problems of it recently. Turns out the battery in it had swelled and wouldn't come out when I tried to replace it. Had to purchase an industrial quality tool to remove it. PITA. eek.gif

Satisfactorily removed it and replaced battery. All is well now, but others haven't been as lucky.

Something to watch out for when your remote gets as old as mine. It's a common problem with certain types of batteries.

What type of tool did you use to remove the battery on your H1? I just replaced mine because I stepped on my old one by accident, (kids). The new one I got , was my sister's, as she never used it after she separated with her husband. The problem is that it only holds a charge for like 1 and a half days as oppose to my old one, lasted me almost all week on 1 charge. Curious if I change the battery it will last me longer.
post #9149 of 9713
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Originally Posted by Latinoheat View Post

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Originally Posted by Iain- View Post

My H1 is 3-4 years old and I've been having some strange problems of it recently. Turns out the battery in it had swelled and wouldn't come out when I tried to replace it.

What type of tool did you use to remove the battery on your H1? I just replaced mine because I stepped on my old one by accident, (kids). The new one I got , was my sister's, as she never used it after she separated with her husband. The problem is that it only holds a charge for like 1 and a half days as oppose to my old one, lasted me almost all week on 1 charge. Curious if I change the battery it will last me longer.
Unless the battery in the H1 that you got from your sister is swollen, you don't need a tool to remove it.
post #9150 of 9713
The only tool you really need to get batteries out (swollen or not) is a standard screwdriver.
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