Ideally, that's what could partially solve this issue. Although HDMI/ARC is being marketed by various manufacturers, the better way to set up an AV system is with only audio/video going from various sources to AV receiver ("hub"), with audio signal going to speakers, and video signal passed along to HDTV/display. Audio back from the HDTV to Receiver still does not generally work well, whether you use HDMI or digital optical.
FWIW, sometimes Radio Shack has good deals on the entry level Harmony universal remotes. Second vote from me for that particular type of product.
I have my LG TV connected to my Yamaha home theater through the HDMI / ARC connection. I've set it up so that when I turn on the TV it turns on the receiver, if I change the volume with the TV remote, the receiver volume changes - perfect.
The issue I have is that when I first turn the TV on, the receiver comes on, but no sound is heard. I have to hit the "setup" button on the receive remote and, like magic, I get sound. I don't change anything after hitting setup - I only get as far as the setup menu.
I've contacted Yamaha support - they basically said don't use HDMI / ARC. What's the point of having support for HDMI / ARC if the only advice Yamaha can give is "don't use it"!
Any help would be appreciated!!!