TVs & Home Theaters forum


Theatre Advice + Connection Troubles!

by iLET1 / June 24, 2012 7:09 PM PDT

Hi, I'm in the market for a surround sound system for my new TV setup.

There are two in the shops that I like and are in my price range:

Sony BDV-E690

Yamaha YHT-296

I really like the look of the Sony, and tall rear speakers would be ideal, but I'm worried about the connections. Here's my question: Am I able to connect audio AND video to my TV as normal (PS3, Wii, etc) and plug the SS system into my TV via HDMI with audio return channel? Or would I have to plug each component into the SS system and run it through there, because I don't think that the Sony has that feature?

Let me know which system you'd rather buy.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Theatre Advice + Connection Troubles!
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Theatre Advice + Connection Troubles!
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Audio return?
by ahtoi / June 25, 2012 1:04 AM PDT

Don't think so, but I could be wrong. I didn't see any mention of it.

Collapse -
*Everything* has to support audio return channel
by Pepe7 / June 25, 2012 1:11 AM PDT

I suggest simply connecting everything directly to the receiver/surround system you end up with. It's much easier than dealing with the intricacies of ARC, which is still evolving. Hopefully you have either a cable or satellite box down under to help facilitate this process.

Collapse -
ARC fails too often so...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 25, 2012 2:54 AM PDT

I'd plan as if ARC never worked or existed. Also you have the HDCP issue where the return audio might be STEREO.

Are you aware of HDMI which mandates HDCP which mandated STEREO when most audio goes through a TV?

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?