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Need help with home theatre setup w/ multiple devices

by Davro777 / September 28, 2016 12:53 AM PDT

I currently have a Samsung UA65KS9500 tv, a PS4, a PC with HDMI and Optical out, and now, an Xbox One S. I am looking to get a fairly cheap 5.1 surround sound system, one with small speakers that can be mounted up in the corners of a room. I am looking at the Yamaha YHT-1810B but will look for something else if I need to.

Basically, I have never dealt with a sound system before and am hoping to find out how to set everything up with the best picture and sound I can get out of what I have and not need to keep switching out cables when swapping between devices. I will get whatever cables I need to do so.

So how would I best set this up? HDMI from all devices to the reciever and then HDMI out from the receiver in to the TV? Or HDMI from all devices to the TV and then Optical out from the TV in to the receiver? Or would the best quality but least convenient way be to have the consoles connected to the TV by HDMI and to the receiver directly by Optical, switching cables for whichever I am using? Is HDR on the Xbox One S a factor or will that work in every scenario?

To slightly complicate things, I also have an Astro A50 headset that I use for chat or audio in the late hours. If that could be worked in in a simple way too, that would be perfect but if I have to continue to switch the optical cables into that when I use it, that is ok.


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Speakers of that system the 'achilles heel'
by Pepe7 / September 30, 2016 7:27 AM PDT

I suggest spending a little more to get separates. Those speakers are tinny sounding at best.

The receiver features are great actually, it's just mated with a really mediocre 5.1 speaker set. Probably 2-300 more Australian dollars would get you in the door with something nicer and longer term w/o missing out on better sound.

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In your post you wrote the most common setup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2016 7:20 AM PDT

It was this:
"HDMI from all devices to the reciever and then HDMI out from the receiver in to the TV".

For the last thing of Over The Air use (antenna), add the optical from TV to the receiver and you are done.

--- You can spend the rest of your days trying to find a "best" but this setup is your goto setup as many TVs will not pass more than stereo when the input is HDMI. The industry needs to stop making this harder than it should be and pass all audio through the TV to optical.

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