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Can I connect a sound bar and surround sound to an LED TV?

Help. I want to buy a new Sony kdl55hx850 led but I just heard how bad the internal speakers sound at the store. I have a 11 year old Yamaha HTR-5560 AV receiver with no HDMI, but 2 optical inputs/1 optical output. I would like to run a sound bar for basic sound, and then go to 5.1 surround with my other speakers when I am watching a movie. Can I do this? If so, how would I hook it up?

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Re: connections

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Why not ask the sales person in the shop? It's a quite normal pre-sales question. If they are unable to answer pre-sales questions, I wouldn't trust them for after-sales problems.

Kees

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Beware lip sync issues.

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The setup is like this.

SOURCE -> AV RECEIVER -> HDTV

But you have an old school unit so you TRY THIS

SOURCE (audio) -> AV RECEIVER
SOURCE (video) -> HDTV

You may notice the lip sync issue. This is normal for old gear.

As to this next setup, SOURCE -> HDTV (optical out) -> AV RECEIVER you find it's stereo most of the time due to HD "rules." That is no bug, it was intentional.
Bob

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SOUNDBAR/LED

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I also purchased a soundbar to go with my 46in Samsung LED based on negative reviews from more than one source.Hookup was simple as described ,however once i got home and positioned my tv according to recommended spatial characteristics I was totally surprised at how good it sounded,even took the soundbar back for 3 bills back in my pocket.

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Decent soundbar

In reply to: Can I connect a sound bar and surround sound to an LED TV?

TV makers do offer soundbars for many models, so you may have a ready made items. As stated by others, trying to use your old stereo and such gets into issues which not be easily corrected or less than desired result. You also could better served by getting a "home entertainment kit" that provides better audio and all those required connections. if you go soundbar, it should already be 5.1 capable otherwise get one that does, why fuss with yet more connections, setup. I've been finding these getting ugly pretty fast for anything older in the mix too.

tada -----Willy Happy

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