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Hi all, I'm trying to wrap my head around the whole soundbar thing (I'm not very technically minded) and could do with a little help.

So far I've grasped that an optical cable is the ideal solution except my tv doesn't have an optical output. I believe the soundbar I'm looking at also has analog connections which if I'm correct I can connect to the headphone jack in my tv?

My question is will this setup allow my bd player and youview box which are connected to my tv via hdmi to play through the soundbar and not just my tv's built in freeview tuner?

The other thing is I'm pretty sure my youview box has an optical output (it's covered by a flap which pushes in and there's a red light behind it?) but I'm not sure how to utilise it and still have my bd player be part of the party.
 

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If you want to use your TV as the HDMI switcher, it will need some kind of output to the soundbar - preferably digital optical, digital coax, or HDMI. Analog is feasible, but you'd be loosing quality. Another alternative is for the soundbar to be the HDMI switcher - all HDMI sources go into the soundbar and then an HDMI connection to your TV for video.
 

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.... So far I've grasped that an optical cable is the ideal solution except my tv doesn't have an optical output. I believe the soundbar I'm looking at also has analog connections which if I'm correct I can connect to the headphone jack in my tv?...
Yes, get an audio splitter cable for your TV headphone jack. http://www.amazon.com/HDE-Female-Sp...512878&sr=8-23&keywords=analog+audio+splitter The setup is simple and sound will work fine. If you are buying a stereo sound bar (no separate sub) there will be no degradation in sound quality.
 

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Ok, so if I get a bar with a separate sub there will be sound degradation? And there's no way I can use what I think is an optical output on my freeview box?
If you have an optical output on ANY of your devices it would be best to use it into the soundbar if you have a subwoofer. The optical can pass a 2.1 audio signal. If you have more than one device with optical audio outputs, I recommend a simple mechanical switch into your soundbar. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?se...4&cadevice=c&gclid=CKGHsICn58QCFQguaQodzxAAGQ
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Hi all, I'm trying to wrap my head around the whole soundbar thing (I'm not very technically minded) and could do with a little help.

So far I've grasped that an optical cable is the ideal solution except my tv doesn't have an optical output. I believe the soundbar I'm looking at also has analog connections which if I'm correct I can connect to the headphone jack in my tv?

My question is will this setup allow my bd player and youview box which are connected to my tv via hdmi to play through the soundbar and not just my tv's built in freeview tuner?

The other thing is I'm pretty sure my youview box has an optical output (it's covered by a flap which pushes in and there's a red light behind it?) but I'm not sure how to utilise it and still have my bd player be part of the party.
Since it does not appear you have purchased a soundbar, I would suggest a soundbar with at least two HDMI inputs. Then connect the bd player and youview box to the soundbar with HDMI. Then connect the soundbar to the TV with HDMI.
 
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