I bought this soundbar along with the new Sony LED 60W630B. Both the Soundbar and TV have enough HDMI inputs for my needs.
I currently watch OTA (coax into the TV) but also use the Time Warner App on Roku. I also use Netflix and VUDU from the Roku. I do not use the TV's apps or a Blu-ray.
I currently use the soundbar as the HDMI switch with the Roku plugged into the soundbar via HDMI. The soundbar and TV are connected via ARC and optical. Im not sure optical was necessary but I plugged it in anyway.
Below are my questions i'm hoping someone can help me with:
1. When watching OTA via the "TV" input, how do I know if the sound is being passed through via HDMI or optical?
2. When watching OTA, this TV does pass 5.1 but does it even matter if its going to a 2.1 soundbar? Of is the sound down converted?
3. To get the best sound, should I use ARC even though I have an available HDMI input on BOTH the TV and Soundbar? Ive read that ARC only passes DD and not Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. But what about DD+ which is what Netflix passes on most of its movies. This soundbar decodes all of the above.
4. Does the #3
even matter if the source (ie Roku) is plugged directly into the soundbar? If the soundbar is decoding the format and using HDMI ARC to send the video, I don't need to worry about it sending sound to the actual TV, correct?
I understand what you get with ARC from a remote control standpoint but Im using a Harmony so that's not my concern. Im most interested in getting the best possible sound for this particular setup.
Thanks for your help!