Originally Posted by acefr
I am not sure I understand your approach. How do you maintain the HDMI connection for the sound bar when it is not physically connected via HDMI? Doesn't the TV check for active connection when it is powered on? Maybe you can shed some light on how to setup the Smart Remote to control Sjackson's optical-only DALI KUBIK ONE soundbar.
For an optical only bar you need to jump through some hoops.
1. Connect sound bar via optical port.
2. Go to Universal Remote setup and add a new Home Theater device. If your brand isn't included on the list, go up and search for it. A partial string will work ("Viz" will find Vizio). What you're doing here is loading a remote code into the Smart Remote, which lets it control the bar using its IR blaster.
3. Do the power test. If your bar turns on, you're set. Click yes and move on to the next step. If it doesn't, try searching the exact model number or other terms until you get a working code.
4. Go to sound settings and set it to optical so you only get sound from sound bar (turns internal speakers off).
5. Go BACK to the Universal Remote setup. Add a new device to the HDMI port you want to use. This is simple if you have a device that's on the list, like a cable box or an XBOX One. If you're trying to get the remote working when your device isn't on the list (like a PS4), you have to set up a "fake" device. I recommend a BluRay player (any brand should be fine). If you're making a "fake" device, lie and say you pass the power test. For example, I tell the TV that my PS4 is a Sony BluRay player.
6. After you add the device, you'll be back at the Universal Remote's main menu. Go over to the soundbar and select it. You'll get an option to "use with" or "add" (I forget the exact term, but it should be obvious) a device. Pick the device you just added (my "Sony BluRay").
7. Confirm the next dialog that pops up, which should show the device connected to the TV over HDMI and the sound bar over optical.
This will change the name of that HDMI port in the Sources menu to something like Sony+Vizio (the brand names of the device and bar). Once you're on that input, you'll be able to control the soundbar using the remote. Now that you're set up correctly, you can re-name and re-label it (I changed Sony+Vizio to PS4 and changed the label to game console).
If you go to that input and then open the TV apps, the remote will also be able to control volume when using the TV's built in apps. Remote will also control the volume if you turn the TV on and go straight to apps so long as the last input it was on before being turned off is associated with the soundbar.
My bar doesn't power on when I turn on the TV. I have to hit volume up or down one time to turn it on. Doesn't turn off with TV either, but it turns off after 10-15 minutes and uses barely any power, so that's not a big deal.