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Ok. So I connected my PS3 to my TV via an HDMI and I have the Panasonic SC-BTT490 5.1 surround sound. Now I want to connect my PS3 with the surround sound via an optical audio cable. What settings should I use. I.E. bitstream or PCM. And any suggestions are welcome on any other settings or wiring. My TV and home theater both have the ARC HDMI.
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Originally Posted by sigpi1059 View Post

Ok. So I connected my PS3 to my TV via an HDMI and I have the Panasonic SC-BTT490 5.1 surround sound. Now I want to connect my PS3 with the surround sound via an optical audio cable. What settings should I use. I.E. bitstream or PCM. And any suggestions are welcome on any other settings or wiring. My TV and home theater both have the ARC HDMI.

The amazon description makes it sound like the 490 has an HDMI input and output and it can decode all the HD audio formats (DolbyTrueHD, DTS-HD).

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-SC-BTT490-5-1-Channel-1000-Watt-Blu-Ray/dp/B0078GCLUG

If that's the case, it would make more sense to connect your PS3 to the receiver portion of the 490 and then run another HDMI cable from the 490 to the tv. Then set you PS3 to output bitstream, that way your 490 can do all the decoding and you can hear the true "next generation" HD sound eek.gif, although with that HTIB, I'm not sure how much of a difference you will hear. It would be interesting to do a comparison, a blind DTS versus DTS-HD to see if you could tell a difference.


If you just want to use an optical cable straight to the 490, you will not be able to listen to any HD audio codecs and the best setting would be bitstream (this way the 490 will do the decoding).
Edited by ahartig - 4/30/13 at 12:59pm
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I had initially done that but for some reason, there is a very slight difference in the picture when I run the PS3 through the Panasonic. So I wanted to know what's the next best setting I can do for sound. Because I do not want to compromise on the picture. Can I run an HDMI to the TV for the video and an optical audio cable to the 490, set it to bitstream and have the 490 decode it? Also would I need to change any settings on the 490 for that.
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I had initially done that but for some reason, there is a very slight difference in the picture when I run the PS3 through the Panasonic. So I wanted to know what's the next best setting I can do for sound. Because I do not want to compromise on the picture. Can I run an HDMI to the TV for the video and an optical audio cable to the 490, set it to bitstream and have the 490 decode it? Also would I need to change any settings on the 490 for that.

Like I said in the previous post, you can, but you wont be able to take advantage of any HD audio formats, as the only way those can be bitsreamed to the 490 is via HDMI, optical cables do not have enough "bandwith" to send the HD formats. Not sure how the 490 works, but you might need to tell it to read input from the optical in.... but I doubt it.
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What if I do this? I connect the PS3 to the HDMI in to the TV. Then I run a cable from the 490 to the TV in the ARC and set the TV to output audio from ARC. Set the sound to bitstream. Will the 490 be able to decode it? So the sound goes to the TV, then from the TV to the 490 and then the 490 decodes it into true HD.
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What if I do this? I connect the PS3 to the HDMI in to the TV. Then I run a cable from the 490 to the TV in the ARC and set the TV to output audio from ARC. Set the sound to bitstream. Will the 490 be able to decode it? So the sound goes to the TV, then from the TV to the 490 and then the 490 decodes it into true HD.

In theory that should work, I am not too familiar with ARC, but I do know that you want to double check and make sure your TVs ARC can send back the HD audio formats..... I would think that wouldn't be a problem. You also want to make sure you have HDMI 1.4 compliant cables that support ARC.

I read this article to familiarize myself with ARC:

http://hdguru.com/what-is-hdmi-arc-and-what-does-it-do-for-your-hdtv/

Good luck
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