Originally Posted by Chase Abell
currently i am running two HDMIs, one for my xbox and one for my laptop. So when looking for a sound bar should i look for one that has multiple HDMI in? i have 4 HDMI slots on my tv, just trying to get an understanding on what inputs i would need and if all could be hooked up to play sound through the sound bar.
You can definitely do this. Getting a sound bar with multiple HDMI IN is good but, generally speaking, more HDMI inputs means more $$. You might also have other connection options such as optical, etc. Your connection options increase if your TV has ARC. You can check the manual or an easier way is to look at the back of the TV. You should have an HDMI (ARC) input if your TV supports ARC. With ARC, you can connect all of your devices to your TV, connect from the HDMI (ARC) on your TV to the soundbar, and you would be good to go. It is my understanding that most TV's only output 2-channel audio so, while the most convenient setup, it probably won't sound the best. Whenever possible, I would want to connect all devices directly into the soundbar and then output the soundbar to the TV via HDMI.
I don't know what your budget is but I would look around for a soundbar that has at least 1 HDMI IN and OUT that fits your needs. Check out the Soundbar forum here. Lots of good information there. You could always get 1 of these if you want to connect multiple devices directly to your soundbar if you don't have enough HDMI inputs: