Advantages to Connecting Devices to the One Connect Box
I have been asked on many occasions why I choose to hook up my main devices directly to the One Connect Box. This is a personal decision that offers some advantages to the traditional method of hooking up all your devices directly to the Receiver.
Let's talk about that first...
In cases where folks like me don't own a Receiver that provides HDMI 2.0a / HDCP 2.2 4K passthrough which may be required by one or more of their devices now or in the future it can save us a lot of money avoiding an upgrade.
For example, using Method 2 to hook up my UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player using dual HDMI outputs allows me to connect the Video to the TV which is HDMI 2.0a / HDCP 2.2 compliant and hook up the Audio to my Receiver which is only HDMI 1.4 so I can still enjoy lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio.
Graphical User Interface
For owners of Samsung Smart TVs another advantage is it it allows you to take advantage of the graphical interface on the TV in conjunction with the Samsung TV's Universal Remote to control all your devices hooked up directly to the One Connect Box.
In my case I have my Security Cameras (TV coax), Shaw Cable Box, UHD Blu-Ray Player (Video), Apple TV and my Receiver plugged into the OCB.
Once everything is programmed into the Universal Remote Settings then all the devices hooked up to the OCB can be controlled with the Samsung remote as follows:
Pressing the SOURCE
button will bring up a row of icons allowing you to choose the given device as shown below.
Once you have selected a device, a press of the MENU/123
button provides a different group of buttons displayed on the top row depending on what functions apply to that particular device based on the brand and model number you input when setting up the Universal Remote as shown above.
In my case when I choose the SOURCE that my K8500's video HDMI is plugged into and then press the MENU/123 button on the TV's remote it will provide a bunch of options specific to the device including Power
, Disc Menu
, Sub Titles
along with all the transport controls which you can see in the example above.
Likewise, when I select my Set Top Box and press the MENU/123 button on the TV's remote it will provide a different set of options specific to that device such as Power
, and On-Demand
Note, that even if you go this route you can still use the remote(s) that came with your devices so you can keep other members of the family happy knowing that they can still use the backlit remote that came with the Cable Box to control the TV.
The Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player upscales all content to 2160p when the player's Resolution is set to Auto or 2160p. However a little trick I discovered is that when you hook up the player using Method 2 with dual HDMI cables and set the Resolution setting in the player to BD Wise it will in effect output anything less than 4K in it's native resolution allowing your Samsung TV do the upscaling.
Note that this does not mean you have to turn on BD Wise in the TV settings and as a matter of fact I don't recommend it.
For complete details see this post...
In addition to the above, a major advantage why some Samsung TV owners take the approach of running some (or all) of their devices through the TV is this allow us to maintain different Picture Settings for each input.
For example, the recommended setting for viewing HDR material is setting the Color Space to Native, turning HDMI UHD Color On in the TV settings and many of us prefer to increase the Gamma setting to +2 and Smart LED to High.
In addition seperate settings can be established while viewing content from the Smart Hub apps and connected USB devices as well as seperate settings for those of us who have set up a DLNA Network for sharing files from their Computers.
See the attached thumbnails to view an example of my wiring diagram.
If this is something Samsung TV owners want to explore, make sure that under Menu/123 >> Picture >> Apply Picture Mode
you set it to Current Source
instead of All Sources.
Not for everyone but I sure like it!