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UN40B6000V Optical Audio Question

by draco751 / May 12, 2009 9:22 AM PDT

I consider myself fairly tech savvy but this sorta has me stumped at the moment. It seems as if the optical output on my 40"LED Samsung is only putting out Stereo. Here is my set up and how I confirmed it.

XBox360 ----(HDMI)----> TV -----(optical)---- Sony Surround Receiver

In this setup, the receiver is only showing stereo availability in (auto decide) for the optical input.

XBox360 ----(optical)---- Sony Surround Receiver

In this setup, the receiver shows all the speakers of the 5.1 setup illuminated. And sure enough my test DVD I am playing off the Xbox (Resident Evil) is playing in true surround sound.

Thus leaving me to beleive the output from the TV is stereo only? I've looked all over the menu and settings of the TV, I see nothing indicating surround output vs stereo to the optical output.

Has anyone seen this before? Am I doing something wrong?

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by CHUCKMALLEY / May 13, 2009 7:12 AM PDT

Let's pretend the xbox is a dvd player (in essence,it is)you don't want to output the dvd player directly to the tv. The receiver is the brains of the operation...everything in,signal out. xbox in,tv in,tv back out to tv (from receiver).That may seem redundant,but that's how it works.

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by draco751 / May 13, 2009 7:32 AM PDT
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Actually I was using my TV to do the switching between devices, instead of selecting inputs on the tv and receiver both. Though I was trying to avoid this by using the TV as the selector and using its digital audio output to the receiver apparently this simply won't work, after talking to samsung tech support last night the TV doesn't allow pass through of 5.1 or higher, it only supports 2.1 output. The only way it puts out 5.1 on its optical output is by its internal tuner.

"The receiver is the brains of the operation...everything in,signal out. xbox in,tv in,tv back out to tv (from receiver).That may seem redundant,but that's how it works." Unfortunately my receiver doesn't have HDMI, hence why I was trying to get away with the 4 hdmi's on the tv and only using the receiver to process audio not to actually do the selecting :\

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