Hi Guys, hope some one can help me with this.
Recently got an Samsung ES8000 55" (has some torchlighting issues so is to go back and to be replaced with a F8000)
Also got the Yamaha V673.
All seems fine with the amp, until I try to use the ARC facility to get the sound from the TV to play through the amp. After looking through the manual and some advice on the internet, managed to enable the relevant settings in the amp, and get the sound.
Though it is working, I am having a strange issue. If I directly connect a PS3 or a laptop (media player) to the amp (the output to the TV) the sound is fine. However when I use the ARC feature (i.e. so the audio returns to the amp via the HDMI cable, and providing me with sound), I am getting 1 second dropouts at irregular intervals. It almost feels/sounds like the sound stops going to the amp for a fraction of a second, and then come on again. On the display of the amp, the speaker lights (5 speakers) go out for that second, and then re-appear. This happens whatever I am watching directly connected to the TV, whether the sets own FreeSat, or a movie on a USB. It doesn't happen though if the source (PS3 or laptop) is connected directly to the amp via a HDMI.
Messed about with a few settings in the TV, but no joy. The only options that the TV gives me are to switch between PCM or Dolby Digital (rest are greyed out), or if I want to lower or increase the 'audio delay'. Messed with these but no change, its doing exactly the same. Looked at the Yamaha V673 amp but there isn't much more to configure that will fix this.
What am I doing wrong?
Note: someone suggested that I could use an optical cable instead and hook that up from the TV to the amp, and get audio that way, however I am still curious why I am having problems using ARC.
As an addition point, someone else suggested that using the 'optical cable' was actually a better way to get audio from the TV to the amp; is this true?
Finally, if I was to use the optical cable method (as a last resort), I can't seem to find the input source for optical on the amp. Can anyone help?