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Samsung TV / LG HTIB - How to get True 5.1 Surround?

by thatsmoothguy / February 2, 2013 3:32 PM PST


Currently I have the following setup

Samsung UN55ES6100 55" Smart TV (with Anynet+/HDMI-CEC)
LG BH6720S (with Simplink/HDMI-CEC) Home Theatre In a Box (5.1 Speaker System and Blu-Ray Player/HT Receiver box)
Verizon FiOS box
Dish Network box

I have the HTIB hooked up to HDMI 2, the ARC port on the TV. I also have an optical cable plugged from the TV to the HTIB.
The two TV boxes are plugged into HDMI 1 and 3.

Now, I thought I could use this setup to enable the ARC function on both the Home Theatre and the TV and enable True 5.1 Surround Sound on all of my devices. However, when I tried to pair the HT with the TV, Anynet+ would detect the device, and then when I tried to switch "Receiver" to "On", it would say that Anynet+ Device wasn't connected, and the device would disappear until I power cycled it.

So, I'm wondering. How would I be able to get full 5.1 surround with this setup? Could I somehow get Anynet+ to recognize the device? Could I find some method of HDMI passthrough that would work? Is there something I've missed or done incorrectly?

I don't want to use PCM Stereo, and I believe that Optical Cables don't support PCM Multichannel or Bitstream. So how would I manage to get the sound to relay to the speakers in Multi PCM or Bitstream and therefore full HD sound?

I have been tearing my hair out over this dilemma so help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Please research HDMI and HDCP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 12:04 AM PST

There's a rule in HDCP but first what is HDCP? HDMI you may know but part of HDMI mandates HDCP.

HDCP is "High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection".

HDCP has a rule in it that if a device has speakers then if it passes the audio signal it shall be stereo with a few exceptions. One of the exceptions is OTA or Over The Air or "Antenna".

-> You might see an exception for content from an app such as NetFlix.

I see no dilemma here, just a consumer unfriendly system.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 12:50 AM PST
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