NO AUDIO FROM TV APPS TO MY SPEAKERS
With some great input from VidPro, I was able to solve the “no audio from the TV apps” problem. Sharing the solution here in the hope that it helps someone else. I have a Denon X4200W, but this info should apply to any receiver that is ARC-capable.
• All of my components are connected to my receiver (DirectTV, Apple TV, Roku 4, Oppo 203, etc)
• Using High Speed HDMI cables – all good.
• Receiver HDMI Monitor Out ARC port connected to TV HDMI (IN)/3 ARC port. Check
• Made sure ARC setting in receiver’s HDMI setting was set to “ON”. Done
• On TV, go to ACTION MENU > Sound adjustments > Advanced settings > Input related > Dolby Digital Plus output > Choose Dolby Digital. Also Done.
Everything was working in the usual manner – the components feed the receiver via HDMI, which sends video to the TV and audio to the 5.1 speakers.
Except, as with multiple other posts here, I still wasn’t getting audio from the TV Apps on HOME (Netflix, Amazon Video, etc.). Very frustrating, so I set it all aside for a day to think about.
The solution was pretty much a duh! moment. After years of working with these home entertainment systems which required multiple visits into Settings menus for tweaking, I followed that same approach, trying to find the setting(s) that would magically fix the issue and make audio appear from the TV to my 5.1 speakers.
Wait a minute!!!! That’s it. It doesn't work in the usual way. The TV isn’t connected to the receive in the same manner as all of the other components. The audio is flowing in the opposite direction – TO the receiver instead of FROM the receiver. (Please excuse the non-technical description.) As such, aside from some settings to turn ARC ON, there are no additional menu settings to tweak. ARC was invented to deal with this audio back flow and it works differently than what most may be accustomed to.
So, if there is no setting in a menu to enable the audio from the TV, how can I make the TV Audio play through the receiver to my speakers? The only other place to make the receiver perform an action is on the remote. And there it is – the receiver’s remote has “TV Audio” button. Pushed the button and the audio arrived from the TV to the 5.1 speakers. Fixed.
No mention of this button anywhere in the manuals or research I did and I haven’t seen any mention of it in the posts here. If it was mentioned elsewhere here, I apologize for the redundancy. If you are having the problem, make sure you are connected as mentioned above and try looking for some type of “TV AUDIO” button on your receiver remote. ARC-capable receivers likely have this (or similarly named) button.
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