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Optical audio and surround sound

by mail942 / December 27, 2009 10:17 AM PST

Hello, I have recently purchased a 32" LED series 6 from Samsung. I also bought a PS3 for my children. I am posting to ask if anyone knows of an affordable ( AU$100-$500 ish) surround sound system that connects using the optical cable and is sold without a DVD player. The PS3 is a blu Ray player so I don't need a home theatre system that has a reciever/DVD player.
It is very frustrating that Samsung has limited the audio out plug to one system then only seems to offer a surround system that already comes with a DVD player. I have heard that there are a lot of problems trying to run the sound out and through the PS3 to another system. I would like all the sound to go through a surround system that is directly connected to the TV. Please forgive me if I am being nieve... But I assume the HDMI ports only take audio in and not out.. Is this true? Thanks to you if you have a solution.
Cheers Wallywilbert

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You really need HDMI
by Pepe7 / December 27, 2009 1:32 PM PST

To be able to fully enjoy the audio enhancements of wideband audio codecs via Blu ray coming from your new PS3, you have to use HDMI. Otherwise, you are limited to traditional DD5.1 or DTS, which may be passed along by digital optical/digital coaxial cables. FWIW, HDMI is capable of both input and output depending on what port you refer to on a specific component.

Try something like this:

Onkyo HT S5200
$519 (USD)

AFAIK, it's the lower priced Onkyo HTIB which is capable of handling the adanced blu ray audio. There are cheaper units but they won't do Dolby HD, etc.

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by Pepe7 / December 27, 2009 1:37 PM PST
In reply to: You really need HDMI
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I agree about Onkyo HTIB's.
by minimalist / December 27, 2009 2:56 PM PST
In reply to: You really need HDMI

They are by far the most flexible (and usually the best sounding) of all the entry level systems. Many, if not most, of the other brands sell you a solution that can never be upgraded either because they limit the inputs and the outputs. Even worse, some use weird proprietary cables and amplification schemes to keep you locked into their expensive ecosystems (Bose).

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by mail942 / December 28, 2009 7:01 PM PST

Thanks for the advice. I will try and track down the Onkyo option. Happy New Year!

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