I received my YSP 3300 yesterday but since I didn't have enough time to calibrate it and tweak it for decent surround, I just decided to hook up all the necessary cable-ing.
I did what I thought was needed to get it to work but I ran into two issues, one with ARC and two with CEC. Here's my setup before I go into further explanation:
Hi all. I've tried searching on this forum and on Google without much luck, I'm afraid. I hope one of you bright sparks might be able to help.
I have a Samsung UN46ES7500 and a Yamaha YSP-3300 Soundbar (both of which are which is supposed to be ARC and CEC compatible).
My set up on the soundbar is as follows:
HDMI (out): Soundbar (ARC channel) ->TV (ARC channel/ HDMI2 on the TV).
HDMI1 (in): Comcast Cable box -> Soundbar.
HDMI2 (in): Xbox360 -> Soundbar.
HDMI control is set to 'ON' on the soundbar. The CEC functionality is set to 'ON' on the the TV and the speakers are set to 'external' on the TV. The TV speakers at this point are basically disabled.
When the content is driven from Cable box or Xbox to TV via soundbar I don't have any issues. Picture is perfect and sound is played via soundbar. However when the content is driven from the TV to the soundbar via ARC, I don't hear any sound from the soundbar. Now I did call up yamaha support and they've told me to disable the HDMI control and set the HDMI input to TV (as per the manual page 32) which I think is incorrect. By doing this my TV speakers play sound when the content is driven by the TV. I was told by support that that's how its supposed to work, which I think is BS! He said that ARC was basically to allow your TV to take over control when it needs to and I have to use an 'optical' cable to transmit the sound to the soundbar. I explained that 'ARC' meant that one doesn't have to use the optical cable anymore and that he/the manual seems incorrect. The guy on support didn't want to listen and he just told me "Hey that's what the manual says and I'm sticking to it"
If anyone knows the exact setting to get the ARC functionality to work I'll be grateful for any assistance.
For the CEC functionality to work (at least partially), one needs to do the following: 'HDMI control is set to 'ON' on the soundbar. The CEC functionality is set to 'ON' on the the TV and the speakers are set to 'external' on the TV.' This setting does work and the TV remote can basically control the volume, power-off and mute on the soundbar. However I see that the soundbar doesn't turn on when the TV is turned on and I have to use the soundbar remote to turn the soundbar on. Its not the end of the world but it kinda is annoying. And when I turn on the soundbar it defaults the input to 'TV-ARC' although the picture is from HDMI1 or whatever HDMI input was last used. You see a picture but no sound until you select the same HDMI input again. Again this is not the end of the world but is annoying.
I'm not sure if I have to live with this or there's some way to get this to work correctly. Again I'll be grateful for any assistance.