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Can't Seem to get the Surround/Center Cound from the Satelite Box. I can when playing BluRay directly, so something in the setup


I have the following cable connections


Directv HR24 --> HDMI --> 58S2 #1

58S2 #2 --> HDMI --> BT235

58S2 Optical --> BT235 D-in #1 (have also tried ARC)


Settings


Directv --> Dolby Digital --> On

Viera Link --> ON --> Speakers set to "Home Theater"


What am I missing?
 

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Thanks JChin, I will give that a try to see if it is a setting in the TV. Ultimately I would like to have the Audio passed from the TV to the BT-235 for all devices and not just the HD DVR. I have a similar setup with a 42S2 and a pt-??? with the same setup and it all works great. I am thinking there is some setting (likely on the TV) that I need to change.
 

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The menu options on 58s2 and 42s2 should be the same beside screen size.


I own a Panasonic 58Pz800u and it never pass DD via optical cable from "Digital Audio Out". When my components are connected via HDMI it always down convert to 2Ch audio.
 

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I tried this setup


Directv--> optical --> BT235


and I get Dolby Digital.


So, I guess the question is how do you get Dolby Digital to pass in the following config


Directv--> HDMI --> 58S2--> (optical or HDMI ARC) --> BT235
 

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Originally Posted by timcreech
I tried this setup


Directv--> optical --> BT235


and I get Dolby Digital.


So, I guess the question is how do you get Dolby Digital to pass in the following config


Directv--> HDMI --> 58S2--> (optical or HDMI ARC) --> BT235
It only pass DD if you're using the internal tuner for OTA. If sources are connected to HDMI Inputs it will switch to 2CH audio. (see pg 29 in OM).


You mention the 42 was able to pass DD, what model is the 42?
 

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I have the TH-42PZ77U that passes it


Directv--> HDMI --> 42PZ77U --> PT???


Do you have a link to an online manual. I could only find the quick reference online.


I believe what you are saying, but this seems to be a big shortcomming for the set that when you connect high end equipment viah HDMI or Component it kills any hope of great sound quality being passed to the downstream audio amplifier.
 

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Thanks JChin. Looked at pg.29 and saw this


When audio from other equipment connected to this unit via HDMI is output

using “DIGITAL AUDIO OUT” of this unit,

the system switches to 2CH audio.

(When connecting to an AV amp via HDMI, you can enjoy higher sound quality.)


That sounds like I should be able to to connect without the Digital Optical and only use the HDMI to the BT-235 for "Higher Sound Quality"


What do you think?
 

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Originally Posted by timcreech /forum/post/19569737


(When connecting to an AV amp via HDMI, you can enjoy higher sound quality.)


That sounds like I should be able to to connect without the Digital Optical and only use the HDMI to the BT-235 for "Higher Sound Quality"


What do you think?

It means to direct connect from source to AV amp.


HDMI cable from BT-235 to Tv will carry video and audio to tv. But will not transfer audio from tv to BT-235 because the tv does not have ARC (Audio Return Channel) feature.
 

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OK, got it working with this configuration


Directv--> HDMI--> 58S2

Directv--> Optical--> BT235/D-IN 2


58S2--> HDMI--> BT235

58S2--> Optical--> D-IN 1


Then PG 31 of the BT235 OM says


Setting the audio link with the STB

With the remote control;

≥ Select the STB input channel on the TV.

1 Press [EXT-IN] to select “D-IN 2”.

2 Press [STATUS] to select “CABLE/SAT AUDIO ON”.


Doint this the BT235 knows that when the Satelite input is selected on the 58S2 to switch to the D-IN 2 input.


Now to test out what happens when I switch to a component input like an XBOX and see what is passed over the Digital Optical. I suspect 2.1.
 

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JChin, The 58S2 says that is has ARC in the OM and it is printed on under the HDMI 1 input on the back of the TV.


Based on both the 58S2 and the BT235 supporting ARC, shouldn't it pass digital over ARC if I choose that as the Audio Link setting on the BT235?


I have some newer(better??) HDMI cables on order from monoprice and will see if that makes a difference in the connection.
 

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Originally Posted by timcreech /forum/post/19573490


JChin, The 58S2 says that is has ARC in the OM and it is printed on under the HDMI 1 input on the back of the TV.


Based on both the 58S2 and the BT235 supporting ARC, shouldn't it pass digital over ARC if I choose that as the Audio Link setting on the BT235?


I have some newer(better??) HDMI cables on order from monoprice and will see if that makes a difference in the connection.

Ah I missed that, my bad.


I know it pass digital playing internet apps but not sure if using HDMI inputs, so give it a shot.
 
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