I just got a Denon AVR-X4000 to hook up to my Samsung ES8000, and am having an issue trying to get this setup correctly. It seems that I'm either missing something or this is harder than I hoped to get working without unexpected quirks. I'm getting the sinking feeling I can't get it to do what I want..
I was wondering if there's a convenient way to get around a problem I'm having with the TV changing the AVR input to 'TV' when the T.V's turned on. (I want it to come up playing the cable video/audio but still be able to use the 'Smart-Hub' without having to manually switch the inputs).
I hooked up my various players to the AVR (Bluray, Cable box, etc) as well as the Samsung via HDMI cables..
The TV has a 'Smart-Hub' function to play Netflix, etc. So, I need to get the sound out of the T.V. (to the AVR) in some situations when it is 'playing' things. I was hoping to find a way to get the AVR to send the selected HDMI audio/video to the T.V., but use the T.V.s sound output to be sent to the AVR speakers.
Before I got the AVR I was using the Samsung as my HDMI switch and an old Stereo receiver to take the stereo analogue output from the T.V. and always use it as the sound source. This worked well, but would only do stereo. I could hear the sounds added by the T.V. and both normal and Smart-Hub audio.
But, I couldn't find a way to get the AVR to send the selected HDMI audio/video to the TV and then return the audio back from the AVR to be used as the source for it's amplifiers/speakers.
So, in order to get the T.V.s 'Smart-Hub' sound to automatically work when needed, I ended up using the ARC channel and HDMI-CEC/Anynet+ functionality. (Otherwise I would seem to need to manually switch the AVR input when starting/ending using the Smart-Hub for NetFlix etc.between 'Cable' and 'TV').
This mostly works fine. When I am watching normal TV, the Cable box sends the video/audio to the AVR (plays the audio on it's speakers), and the AVR sends this on to the T.V..
When I enter Netflix on the TV, the AVR automatically switches the input to 'TV' and gets the sound from the TV ARC and plays it on the main speakers. So far so good.
And, when I first turn the T.V. and AVR on, things come up fine playing the Cable input. But, within about 10 seconds the TV insists on changing the AVR input selection to 'TV' which shows me only the Denon AVR logo and no sound. Manually switching to 'Cable' fixes that (so I can get the normal T.V. video and sound).
So far the choices I've found seem to be to either
A) Use the anynet+ functions and live with it setting the wrong input on the AVR when turning the TV on, leaving Netflix,
turning off the bluray player, etc.
B) Turn off the anynet+ functionality, run an optical cable between the TV output and the AVR. But then I would need to manually
switch the AVR input when starting or ending the Smart-Hub functions on the ES8000, etc.
Is there a way to get this to work better while retaining the automatic functionality?