Originally Posted by mark79
Thank you very much. Because I am new to all of this, I have a few other questins.
So for clarification. First, I connect the ps3 to soundbar, then the other ps3 cables to the tv.
You connect the PS3 via HDMI to the soundbar. That is the only
connection you need from the PS3.
I then connect the soundbar output to the tv.
Correct. You can use either of the TV's HDMI inputs because the TV does not have ARC as you already know.
I do not believe the Samsung tv I have supports ARC. It is UN50EH6000. If it does not, how bad does the audio degrade if I connect soundbar to tv with only the optical cable? Is there a noticeable difference?
The audio a TV outputs is exactly the same whether it's via HDMI or optical.
Finally, I connect the cable box to the 2nd hdmi connection in the tv?
Doesn’t the ps3 need to be connected to the tv via an hdmi cable as well?
Not directly. That connection is made by the HDMI from the soundbar to the TV.
If I had to get an HDMI splitter, would that further degrade the signal? Could a splitter be one option?
Thank you again.
There's no reason you would need any type of splitter with your current configuration.
BTW, if you ever do add another source device that needs HDMI, you would look for an HDMI switch