Originally Posted by bethri
I just replaced an old 50" 720P plasma with the L58E60, and am very happy with the picture.
I have a question about HDMI ARC: is the HDMI2 (ARC) port able to function as an INPUT and OUTPUT simultaneously? Or do I have to use the other HDMI inputs only and dedicate the ARC one to audio out?
Thank you for making me check. I now have
HDMI 1 ---> TV
BLU RAY ---> SOUND BAR ---> HDMI 2
When on HDMI Input 2, I see/hear DVD and when on Input HDMI 1 I see/hear Cable/Box.
Not sure if the setup here is any better than the setup below (in terms of sound quality), but it does free up a port.
I don't think you can ... actually, I take that back. I'm wondering now if I can send a hdmi cable from the blu ray to the input of the soundbar (has ARC), and then have that return to the TV's ARC. This means instead of HDMI3 for the Blu ray, it would be HDMI 2. I'll have to test that
I'm using the ARC (HDMI 2) port to output audio to a Samsung Sounbar. I have my cable box connected to HDMI, and a Sony Blu Ray S5100 connected to HDMI3.
I have considered though if there would be any benefit with connecting the Blu Ray audio directly to the soundbar. I don't know if the Audio return from the TV supports all codecs, etc. Maybe because I don't really have a high end audio system it would be better to output PCM from the Blu Ray.Edited by dan.crouthamel - 11/22/13 at 3:34pm