Thanks for the suggestion, Musician.
I tried that many times, while unplugging and plugging the receiver and TV in multiple ways.
When I select the Audio out/Optical, it has the bars at the end moving up and down, leading me to believe that it is trying to output sound. With the last update, does anyone know if the HDMI ports are outputting audio? If I remember right, that is why I started using the optical output. Now it seems like it's either dead, or there's something wrong with the receiver or the inputs. I can't figure out what could have happened just from taking a 2 week vacation???
Just confused now!!
Yes, HDMI port 4 is the TV's HDMI used for ARC (Audio Return Channel) that can be configured to send audio from/to your Receiver and has always worked for me.
I believe many of the guys on this thread use Optical instead so in either case we know that the latest firmware did not affect them.
One other thing you might want to check -- in order to use the Optical output on the SEK make sure Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)
is turned Off
in the TV settings. This can be found under the following:
Menu >> System >> Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)
If you want to set up ARC, I can walk you through how to set it up on the TV but since each A/V Receiver manufacturer implements it differently you will need to consult your AVR manual accordingly.
How do I set up ARC?
Ensure that you have an HDMI cable running between the ARC port on your A/V Receiver and the HDMI port 4
on your Samsung connect box. Since all Receivers are different, please refer to the manual that came with yours to determine how to enable ARC correctly on the AVR.
The following steps will now describe how to enable ARC on your Samsung TV...
1) Once you have your A/V Receiver configured, go into Menu >> System >> Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)
and turn it On
2) Now go into Menu >> Sound >> Speaker List
and change it to Receiver
. If you missed Step 1 the Receiver
option will be greyed out or missing.
3) Next go into Menu >> Sound >> Additional Settings
and make sure HDMI Audio Format
is set to Bitstream
and Audio Format
is set to either Dolby Digital
depending on what format is being streamed from the source device.
: Since all A/V Receiver manufacturers implement ARC a little differently it is important that you read your manual carefully. For example, my Marantz manual says: To enable the ARC function, set “HDMI Control” to “ON”
and refers me to page 77 where the word "ARC" is nowhere to be found. But, if I open my eyes, the words "HDMI Control" are.
If you run into problems, you might also want to try visiting the thread specific to your particular Receiver make and model number and hope someone there can point you in the right direction in setting up your AVR.