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Soundbar Setup Question

Got a new soundbar today. After about an hour of changing cords around and more profanity than anyone should ever use, I have it working. Kind of. The soundbar has one HDMI in and one HDMI out. My TV has three HDMI ports, which were occupied by my cable box, my PS4 and my Blu-Ray player. Right now I have to swap a cord on the soundbar every time. I also have an external hard drive connected to the TV via USB and I have no way to have sound come through the bar atm. I'm just wondering if anyone knows of a way to keep my current set-up and have the sound come from the soundbar. I've done a little researching, would an optical audio cable do the trick?



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If your soundbar does not feature hdmi switching then your best option is to purchase an optical audio cable and blissfully continue using your tv as a media hub while connecting the tv to the optical audio port on the soundbar.

If you're unable to find a cable or your tv doesn't have an optical audio port then a cheap hdmi switch from radioshack or amazon may do the job as they allow you to connect multiple hdmi devices to one hdmi port. I'd suggest going with the cable first though as it's less messy and less risky when it comes to compatibility.


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Well you should be able to watch Blue Ray with your PS4 so you have no need for your Blue Ray player.
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what I would do Is run your PS4 or Blu Ray through HDMI to the sound bar. the reason for this is your tv can probably only do Dolby Digital or DTS audio and not both. By running optical audio if your tv gets a signal it cant decode it just passes Stereo giving you bad dialog that gets overwhelmed by the background noise cause it cant separate channels. Your blu ray or PS4 however can do both, so it can drive better audio.

As far as optical audio you can run that no problem but like I said if your tv gets a signal it cant decode it will only pass 2.0 channel stereo. like Isaias4u2nv said your PS4 is a great blu ray player. the best set up you could run would be HDMI from PS4 into your sound bar, and HDMI out to your tv. Then the cable box run HDMI to tv for picture and Optical from the box to the sound bar for audio and eliminate the blu ray player all together.

Side not: I hate soundbars, I sell electronics part time mostly the high end area of the TV and Home audio sales. Soundbars are such a rip off because of how the technology works. really no one should buy a sound bar unless it has multiple HDMI in like the ones from Sony. also it really doesn't pay to spend more then 300-400 on a sound bar unless your willing to push close to 1,500-2,000 and never buy a high end bar with just optical audio cause its a rip off.


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what I would do Is run your PS4 or Blu Ray through HDMI to the sound bar. the reason for this is your tv can probably only do Dolby Digital or DTS audio and not both. By running optical audio if your tv gets a signal it cant decode it just passes Stereo giving you bad dialog that gets overwhelmed by the background noise cause it cant separate channels. Your blu ray or PS4 however can do both, so it can drive better audio.

As far as optical audio you can run that no problem but like I said if your tv gets a signal it cant decode it will only pass 2.0 channel stereo. like Isaias4u2nv said your PS4 is a great blu ray player. the best set up you could run would be HDMI from PS4 into your sound bar, and HDMI out to your tv. Then the cable box run HDMI to tv for picture and Optical from the box to the sound bar for audio and eliminate the blu ray player all together.

Side not: I hate soundbars, I sell electronics part time mostly the high end area of the TV and Home audio sales. Soundbars are such a rip off because of how the technology works. really no one should buy a sound bar unless it has multiple HDMI in like the ones from Sony. also it really doesn't pay to spend more then 300-400 on a sound bar unless your willing to push close to 1,500-2,000 and never buy a high end bar with just optical audio cause its a rip off.
Not a big fan of using my PS4 as a Blu Ray Player. Not a big fan of the controls but that's a small thing I could adjust to if necessary. Will definitely look into that setup suggestion.

The soundbar I bought was only $170 I believe after everything. (It was on sale and I had a $25 gift card). It's what I expected honestly. I'm not an audiophile or anything so it's fine for me. Allows me to have sound projected forward as opposed to the built-in speakers, which are on the back of the TV.



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Not a big fan of using my PS4 as a Blu Ray Player. Not a big fan of the controls but that's a small thing I could adjust to if necessary. Will definitely look into that setup suggestion.

The soundbar I bought was only $170 I believe after everything. (It was on sale and I had a $25 gift card). It's what I expected honestly. I'm not an audiophile or anything so it's fine for me. Allows me to have sound projected forward as opposed to the built-in speakers, which are on the back of the TV.
Yeah tv's are just trash now sound wise minus a few. If that's the case just run the optical cable call it a day make your set up easy as can be.

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