Originally Posted by DieselClown
i just bought the 54" with the intentions of using my existing 10" sub. my vizio e series has hdmi ARC and digital out. do i simply plug an hdmi cable from the tv to the soundbar? or would there be no difference between ARC and digital out?
also, would the audio output from my tv be true surround sound?
As I recall the ARC only carries 5.1 from sources that originate from the TV (OTA, native) so you don't need to run an optical from the TV to the sound bar. Just run a hdmi from the Hdmi marked ARC usually HDMI1 from the TV to the sound bar. Then whatever was in that HDMI1 would plug into the sound bar. Essentially the sound bar would be a HDMI pass-thru stripping out the digital sound.
So something like this:
Blu-ray ---HDMI---> Sound Bar ---HDMI---> TV HDMI ARC input.
In theory you should get true 5.1 from:
- blu-ray, the sound bar stripping the digital audio off the HDMI
- TV native apps and OTA from the ARC
So this frees up your optical to connect to a PS4/Xbox one.
Of course just realize we're taking about a 3.0 system in which case 5.1 won't matter
. Although I believe that bar also produces a simulated surround off the 3 channels.
How are you planning to hide the wires feeding the sub from the sound bar? Plus all the HDMI wires too which are thicker than the optical
One of the elegant things with sound bars with wireless sub is cutting out all the clutter
My DW hates the wires/clutter so even though an extra digital input would mean a better quality audio experience, appearance sometimes trump aural
.Edited by Netpenguin - 12/15/13 at 12:02pm