Originally Posted by The_Donster
OK, getting ready to get things hooked up and wondering if I should hook up the HDMI's to the One Connect or through my Onkyo HT-S5300 receiver and then run a optical cable from the receiver to the OC? Anyone have any thoughts while I'll get the speaker wires worked out?
A question that comes up often on all threads related to the Samsung TV Lineup. The choice is yours but here is the route I have chosen and if the TV had more inputs all of my devices would be hooked up to it!
You'll see I have even taken advantage of the Coax connector for my Security Cameras!
Note: I have choosen to use ARC but unless you are well versed in your A/V Receiver and setting up the TV correctly, I would suggest going with the Optical Cable between the One Connect Box and your AVR.
Advantages to Hooking Up Devices Directly to the One Connect Box
Graphical interface & Universal Remote
For owners of Samsung Smart TVs the main advantage is that it allows you to use the graphical interface on the TV in conjunction with the Samsung TV's Universal Remote to control devices hooked up directly to the One Connect Box (OCB).
In my case I have my Security Cameras (TV coax), Shaw Cable Box, Blu-Ray Player (Video), Apple TV and Receiver plugged into my OCB as per the Attached Thumbnail of my Wiring Diagram.
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 UHD bLu-ray Player's video HDMI cable 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.
Different Picture Settings
A major advantage why some Samsung TV owners took 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 by 2 clicks and set 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.
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.
HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2
Another advantage is in the case where folks like me don't have a Receiver that provides HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2 4K passthrough which may be required by one or more of their devices now or in the future.
Not for everyone but I sure like it!