newbie Question with ysp 1600: simplicity or quality sound
Hi. Good thread. My YSP-1600 arrived this week. I'll hook it up this weekend. I bought the soundbar because it had HDMI and optical inputs, ARC, and sub out. I also looked at the Sonos PlayBar -- I have alot of Sonos components around the house already -- but didn't like the idea of using their (expensive) subwoofer, when I have a couple decent extra subwoofers in storage. This goes in the living room to make things simpler for the wife. Current set up is a Yamaha RX-V373 set up in 5.1 with Sony FS6000 L&R channel, Sony SS-CN5000 center channel, and Sony SS-B1000 rear speakers, and a Polk Audio PSW10 powered subwoofer . TV is a non-networked 46" Sharp with a nice screen, 3xHDMI, including ARC. Inputs include a Charter X-finity cable box, a networked Sony BD player, HTPC, and Sonos Connect. The AVR currently does all the switching -- everything connects to it via HDMI, except the Sonos Connect device which is digital coax. One HDMI cable (ARC) runs from the AVR to the Sharp TV. I mainly use it for listening to music on Sonos and watching movies from the HTPC. The wife uses it mainly to watch TV from the Cable Box or Netflix off of the Sony BD player. The wife hates it because she says it's so complicated to watch tv. What she wants is just one remote to turn on the TV, adjust the volume, and change channels.
I'm trying to figure out if I should optimize sound quality or simplicity?
Option 1: Simplicity: I figure the simplest set up is to use the AVR only for Sonos. The sound bar would handle everything else. I'd connect the Cable Box, BD Player, and HTPC to the three HDMI inputs on the TV, and output the TV sound to the soundbar via optical cable. This seems to be how Sonos wants you to do it. I realize from the posts above that I'd need to use the ARC input on the TV to connect the soundbar for the initial set up. I also realize from this forum and others that my TV will not feed 5.1 sound to the Soundbar so I'd sacrifice some of the effects when watching movies. I have a spare PSW10 lying around so I'd have two subwoofers in the living room. (Which is fine, I only have to hide them from the wife.) I figure if I go with the option I can retire the center channel speaker as well, since I won't really need that for music. (That frees up space on the TV stand for the sound bar.)
Option 2: Sound Quality: I figure the best quality sound (i.e. capturing 5.1 Dolby or DTS encoded sound) would be a different set up: I'd connect the Cable Box to the HDMI input on the Soundbar, and then connect the soundbar via ARC HDMI-1 to the TV. The soundbar would only service the Cable Box. I'd leave the BD player, HTPC, and Sonos connected as they now are to the AVR. I'd run the HDMI out (ARC) from the AVR to the TV, using one HDMI-2 input on the TV (non ARC) for video. That way for TV from the cable box and for movies and Netflix from the BD Player, and for movies from the HTPC, I'd have full 5.1 encoded sound, played over the AVR and 5.1 speaker system, or over the soundbar. I'd enable CEC for the TV and soundbar, and disable it for the AVR and BD Player. The Cable Box is pretty much always on. Hopefully the TV operation would be as simple as option 1, a one remote deal. Watching movies would require switching inputs on the TV and the AVR, but usually I'm around for that. In this scenario I still connect the spare subwoofer to the soundbar, and keep the center channel speaker hooked up to the AVR.
Any thoughts or recommendations? As I write this one issue comes to mind: If I'm watching movies from the HTPC or BD Player, I guess I'd have to turn off the soundbar or it else I'd have two sound sources -- the soundbar and AVR? Maybe with synch issues?
Is there a better way to set this up? Is the difference in sound quality for TV and movies between Option 1 and Option 2 negligeable? I'd like to avoid using an HDMI switch as it's another complication for the wife...
Thanks for all the advice in the posts above and for any thing else you can recommend.