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NEED HELP! First time setting up a home theater system!

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Sorry If this is long (feel free to skip to my main question)

 

Ok, so I bought a new house. Whew, got that out of the way. Now, I'm staring at the empty living room, envisioning what I hope to be a pretty rad home theater. The thing is, my last setup was nothing but an old TV with a pair of cheap desktop speakers. 

 

So, I decided to upgrade. I'm going to start with a basic setup(5.1 system, HDTV, PS3 for BluRay and Music and what not). After I get the hang of things, I'll upgrade again and go with some higher end stuff(unless I'm completely satisfied with this one). I'm already set in terms of what equipment I'll be using, all I need help with is the setup.

 

So here's what I have:

 

- A really nice HDTV. This is a MAJOR step up from what I had before. I bought the Vizio M-Series 50" Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D. I did my research and I went ahead and bought it off of Amazon.

 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-M501d-A2R-50-Inch-1080p-240Hz/dp/B00CCYZ13S

Main product homepage: http://store.vizio.com/m501da2r.html

 

- A 5.1 home theater soundbar with wireless subwoofer. I prefered the soundbar because it was an easier setup and the wireless sub meant no more wires running everywhere. I ended up buying the Vizio S4251w-B4 from Amazon. It looks like a perfect combo with my Vizio TV. 

 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-S4251w-B4-Soundbar-Subwoofer-Satellite/dp/B00CDIK908

Main product homepage: http://store.vizio.com/s4251wb4.html

 

- A PS3. I wanted to get a Blu-Ray player, a video game system, an Apple TV to display my photos on my TV(I'm a photographer). But the PS3 does all that and more so I ended up buying the new 250 GB PS3 Slim bundled with The Last of Us. I know the PS4 came out, but I'll settle for this one. It's gotten to the point now that unless I see some super magic coming out of the newer systems, I'll stick to the previous version.

 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-3-Black-Friday-Bundle/dp/B00FQSS61Q

Main product homepage: Honestly, just Google it.

 

Here's what I want:

Finally, my question. I want to connect all three in a way so that I get 5.1 sound from both my TV and my PS3 to my soundbar(which has rear speakers for those of you who didn't see the details). 

 

Here's what I can work with:

The soundbar only has one optical audio input. The rest are analogs and RCAs which I believe cannot output 5.1(correct me if I'm wrong). I guess I'll have to switch the optical audio inputs between the TV and the PS3 everytime I want to use either one of them.

 

Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, as I'm a visual more than an audio guy. 

 

Thanks a lot, guys.

post #2 of 6

Unless I'm missing something in your post it looks to me like you need to buy an AVR (receiver) to act as the command center for everything. You hook all your components (PS3, Cable, Blu-ray) into the AVR using the "IN" HDMI connections.

 

Then run a single HDMI cable from the AVR using the the "OUT" HDMI connection, (this goes to the TV).

 

Then use the speaker connections on the AVR to connect to the sound bar and rear speakers.  

 

This way all your component material (blu-ray, games and music plays through the AVR and anything with video will be shown on the TV while the sound plays out of your speakers. 

 

Here is a link to Crutchfield HT receivers section to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. But you should shop around (of course) to get the best prices. 

 

Have fun with your new system. :)


Edited by Hopinater - 12/4/13 at 6:32pm
post #3 of 6
Get an Optical splitter. That way you can have multiple optical inputs going to the single optical in the soundbar. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?seq=1&format=2&p_id=2946&CAWELAID=1329448145&catargetid=320013720000010661&cadevice=c&cagpspn=pla&gclid=COm90NKOmLsCFYZi7AodIxYADw

Only other way is to get rid of the sound bar all together and get a 5.1 speaker set and AV-receiver. With a AV-Reciever you will be able to get higher quality surround sound with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio HD

Your TV will not output true 5.1 audio from its optical out. So you need to run an optical from each device to the splitter and from the splitter out to the sound bar.

So for audio/video devices you only have the PS3 and the Apple TV? Do you have a cable box?
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hopinater View Post
 

Unless I'm missing something in your post it looks to me like you need to buy an AVR (receiver) to act as the command center for everything. You hook all your components (PS3, Cable, Blu-ray) into the AVR using the "IN" HDMI connections.

 

Then run a single HDMI cable from the AVR using the the "OUT" HDMI connection, (this goes to the TV).

 

Then use the speaker connections on the AVR to connect to the sound bar and rear speakers.  

 

This way all your component material (blu-ray, games and music plays through the AVR and anything with video will be shown on the TV while the sound plays out of your speakers. 

 

Here is a link to Crutchfield HT receivers section to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. But you should shop around (of course) to get the best prices. 

 

Have fun with your new system. :)

I don't have a cable or satellite subscription. I rarely watch TV, and when I do it's for news or important stuff like that, which I can always check online. Right now, I just want a home theater system for me to watch movies and play games and stuff. The thing is, I can connect everything together without a receiver, but I'll look into getting one if all else fails. Thanks for the help!

 

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Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post

Get an Optical splitter. That way you can have multiple optical inputs going to the single optical in the soundbar. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?seq=1&format=2&p_id=2946&CAWELAID=1329448145&catargetid=320013720000010661&cadevice=c&cagpspn=pla&gclid=COm90NKOmLsCFYZi7AodIxYADw

Only other way is to get rid of the sound bar all together and get a 5.1 speaker set and AV-receiver. With a AV-Reciever you will be able to get higher quality surround sound with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio HD

Your TV will not output true 5.1 audio from its optical out. So you need to run an optical from each device to the splitter and from the splitter out to the sound bar.

So for audio/video devices you only have the PS3 and the Apple TV? Do you have a cable box?

 

Like mentioned above, I do not have a cable subscription, so therefore I do not have a cable box. And I don't have an Apple TV, I opted out for the PS3. And I'm set with the sound bar, I don't really want to spend any more money on another 5.1 system! I'll check out that optical splitter, sounds like a good idea. Thanks a lot for the help!

 

What is "true" 5.1 output? Are you saying that my Vizio TV playing a video with 5.1 audio will not output 5.1 to the Vizio sound bar?

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Update: I've contacted both Sony and Vizio and both companies say their devices(My M-Series TV and the PS3) output 5.1 using the optical audio cable. YAY
post #6 of 6

Good, an easy solution. Have fun with your new setup. :)

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