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My LG tv has only optical audio output--does it pass volume and on/off info thru the optical output?--and if so what soundbars will process this digital data. I tried a Vizio VSB200 and the optical audio passed through to the soundbar and sounded great, but the tv remote did not control the volume or on/off.
 

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My LG tv has only optical audio output--does it pass volume and on/off info thru the optical output?--and if so what soundbars will process this digital data. I tried a Vizio VSB200 and the optical audio passed through to the soundbar and sounded great, but the tv remote did not control the volume or on/off.

Optical audio is only for audio, not for on/off or volume control. TVs and external audio can communicate via HDMI if both support CEC functionality. CEC works best when everything is from the same manufacturer, although basic functions will usually work well in a mixed environment. LG calls their CEC Simplink. I do not know how well it works with other brands.


The other choice is a programmable remote that addresses the external audio via IR.
 

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It just depends..like possumgirl said a universal remote is best. But in my case i can control my soundbar,tv and blu-ray player all with my tv remote(all samsung)
 

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All my gear is Panny so my remotes for BD & TV control sound bar volume.


I have the tv sound set to "Home Theater" thru Viera Tools. Everything works excellent!


I'm considering a programmable remote from Logitech tho.
 

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I have seven 2007-2008 Panasonic pro monitors at the office. The remotes included in those years controlled only Panasonic products and not even all of them.


Look for one of the less expensive Logitech Harmony remotes. Probably about $60-$70.
 
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