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Seeking advice, Samsung TV toslink

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,
I just bought a Samsung 55" D6900 LED TV.
I'm seeing some advice and knowledge on how you guys have connected this TV to HT amps.

The problem:
This TV has apps like netflix, browser, etc., so in order to listen to this content I either need to use the TV speakers or find a way to send the audio output to my amp (an older Denon with no HDMI)

What I tried:
As would normally do, I connected the HDMI cable from my comcast HD DVR to the TV, then connected the DVR toslink to the amp. It worked great and I got digital surround sound.
But of course I can't hear any of the "connected content" like netflix.
Okay, so I switched the toslink, instead of from DVR>AMP, I went TV>Amp
so now I hear everything, but I noticed the digital sound light on the denon wasn't coming on.
so I dug in the TV manual and I see this very disappointing paragraph

DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL)
x When you connect a Digital Audio System to the DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) jack, decrease the volume
of both the TV and the system.

x 5.1 CH (channel) audio is available when you connect the TV to an external device supporting 5.1 CH.
x When the receiver (home theater) is set to on, you can hear sound output from the TV's optical jack. When the
TV is receiving a DTV signal, the TV will send 5.1 CH sound to the home theater receiver. When the source is a
digital component such as a DVD player / Blu-ray player / cable box / STB (Set-Top-Box) satellite receiver and
and you connected it to the TV via HDMI, you will only hear 2 CH audio from the home theater receiver.
If you
want to hear 5.1 CH audio, connect the digital audio out jack from your DVD / Blu-ray player / cable box / STB
satellite receiver directly to an amplifier or home theater.

I'm not happy about this, I've been out of the loop on tv's since I bought my last one, a rear projection mitsu, so it's been a while. I don't know if this is how other TV's are or how the industry has gone, but this stinks.


Solutions, as I see them:
1- live with 2CH sound
2- Connect one toslink DVR>AMP, and set it to, say, TV input on amp, and also TV>AMP and set that to something else that accepts the toslink in, on mine I have three...
Then when I watch normal TV I'd program my Harmony remote to choose the proper AMP setting and when I want to watch a connected content, I'd have to switch the amp to the TV toslink.

Am I missing something? how have you guys done these connections?

Cheers
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by reapur View Post

Then when I watch normal TV I'd program my Harmony remote to choose the proper AMP setting and when I want to watch a connected content, I'd have to switch the amp to the TV toslink.

That's what I do. You make it sounds like a chore, but no big deal really, remote got macros I hope.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Not really a chore for me, teaching the GF, and the occasional visits from the parents is another thing
post #4 of 6
Thats standard for all TVs with the optical digital audio output.
With HDMI the TV has to report to the source device (DVD player, etc) that it is a stereo audio device and so the audio is sent to the TV as stereo only.
You get 5.1 audio output only when the TV itself is the source.

The normal option is to send digital audio separately from each 5.1 audio source to the receiver via optical, coax, or HDMI.
Thats what I have done for years with my old 5.1 receiver that doesn't have HDMI, only 3 digital optical and coax audio inputs.
I have used a universal programmable remote control that supports macros for source selection to automatically select the appropriate TV device input and the audio receiver device input together - works well.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys,
Valuable input. Ya I'm really new to HDMI.

So let me ask it another way,
If I get an HDMI enabled receiver, then if I send the HDMI from the cable box to the receiver and then from there to the TV, will that send 5.1 to the receiver over HDMI?

Regards
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by reapur View Post

If I get an HDMI enabled receiver, then if I send the HDMI from the cable box to the receiver and then from there to the TV, will that send 5.1 to the receiver over HDMI?

yes it will for the cable box audio.
but you will still need to select a different audio source on the receiver when you want audio from the tv itself like its USB media player.
again a universal programmable advanced remote control with macros is very useful for all this.
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