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# 143281 9-Apr-2014 10:11
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Hey guys, couldn't find an answer for this so just checking but my new TV has 4 HDMI - MHL, ARC, DVI and something else.

I will use ARC for my Home Theater but does it matter if Sky TV, PS3 and PS4 go into the others? Do I lose anything by using the MHL?

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  # 1021056 9-Apr-2014 10:19
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No, it doesn't matter.

Do you have a Home Theatre in a Box, or a AV receiver with HDMI inputs? You would be better off using the HDI on the receiver if that's what you have (then all audio is done by  the receiver).



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  # 1021064 9-Apr-2014 10:30
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Not sure what you mean but I have this one: http://www.sony.co.nz/product/bdv-e2100

Guys at the Sony store said to use the Audio Return Channel HDMI so ARC.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1022209 9-Apr-2014 15:08
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ARC only supports 2.0 channels for external devices. You'd be better off getting an optical (toslink) switch, but you can forget about HD audio with the consoles.



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  # 1022239 9-Apr-2014 15:50
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fahrenheit: ARC only supports 2.0 channels for external devices. You'd be better off getting an optical (toslink) switch, but you can forget about HD audio with the consoles.


Just had a look, apparently it depends on the TV, some TV's only output 2.1 but all Sony 2013 and 2014 models output Dolby Digital 5.1 so I hope I should be OK :)

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  # 1022246 9-Apr-2014 16:09
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leo0787sx: Not sure what you mean but I have this one: http://www.sony.co.nz/product/bdv-e2100

Guys at the Sony store said to use the Audio Return Channel HDMI so ARC.


If you have an actual amp you plug all of your HDMI devices into that, then your amp into your TV.

All audio and switching is handled by the amp and the picture is sent through to the TV. ARC is only used if you are using the inbuilt tuner on the TV.

The BDV series are not amps, they are a blu ray player with 5.1 with no HMDI in. In short you won't get multi channel audio to play on it unless you are watching a blu ray unless I am missing something. ARC is required to be available on the TV AND Amp.

TL:DR if you want multi channel audio, buy an amp with multiple HDMI (or optical) inputs. Otherwise the only thing you really care about when buying a TV is the number of HDMI inputs.



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  # 1022673 10-Apr-2014 10:40
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wasabi2k:
leo0787sx: Not sure what you mean but I have this one: http://www.sony.co.nz/product/bdv-e2100

Guys at the Sony store said to use the Audio Return Channel HDMI so ARC.


If you have an actual amp you plug all of your HDMI devices into that, then your amp into your TV.

All audio and switching is handled by the amp and the picture is sent through to the TV. ARC is only used if you are using the inbuilt tuner on the TV.

The BDV series are not amps, they are a blu ray player with 5.1 with no HMDI in. In short you won't get multi channel audio to play on it unless you are watching a blu ray unless I am missing something. ARC is required to be available on the TV AND Amp.

TL:DR if you want multi channel audio, buy an amp with multiple HDMI (or optical) inputs. Otherwise the only thing you really care about when buying a TV is the number of HDMI inputs.


According to Sony the BDV are amps and ARC will work. I will be picking it up soon and will test it, Sony have assured me it will work so if it doesn't I will return it / try optical.

It is all new technology so very little on it right now but I will keep you guys updated :)

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  # 1022695 10-Apr-2014 11:21
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With the BDV-E2100, yes you connect the HDMI cable from the TVs ARC port to the BDV, then when you are watching TV on the TVs inbuilt tuner, you can select 'TV' as a source on the BDV and you will get the TVs sound through the Home Theatre's speakers.

If the TV outputs 5.1 over the ARC channel from external sources, you can use this for your other devices too.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1022715 10-Apr-2014 11:45
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Sony does have a vested interest in making sure that their consoles are able to route multichannel audio through their TVs and through to their home theater products.
So this may be an advantage the Sony TV has over the likes of Samsung and Panasonic etc who choose to cripple ARC with external equipment.

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  # 1022720 10-Apr-2014 11:47
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I stand corrected then. Good luck!

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  # 1022725 10-Apr-2014 11:52
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wasabi2k: I stand corrected then. Good luck!


I should be clear that I'm not stating a fact. I was skeptical and remain cautious, but the signs do seem to point to Dolby Digital 5.1 being supported.



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  # 1022804 10-Apr-2014 12:54
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I will be able to let you all know once my Home Theater arrives :) It does have Dolby Digital 5.1 listed on the Playstation, TV and Home Theater so here's hoping going 'pro' Sony pays off.



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  # 1023241 11-Apr-2014 09:36
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OK I set this up last night and tis mixed so hoping someone might be able to help.

Currently all my HDMI devices go into my TV and then the Home Theater goes into the ARC HDMI on the TV. Playing a BluRay on the Home Theater the sound is really loud and 5.1 however when using my PS3, PS4 or Sky TV the sound is really quiet and it sounds like the same sound is coming out of the back speakers as the front so I'm guessing it is not 5.1. Sony assured me this should work but I've tried all options, does anyone know of an option I might have msised before I try and Optical cable?

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  # 1023312 11-Apr-2014 10:52
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You have the audio settings incorrectly configured on your home theatre unit.
Basically, you're simulating surround sound and receiving the 'quality' that comes with it.
Effectively, the sound setting you've chosen has taken a stereo sound track and pushed it through all the speakers. The only reason I can see for it to exist is to placate people who say 'I bought surround sound, why aren't all the speakers going all the time?'.

What are your sound settings at the moment?
Both on the source devices (PS3/4 and Sky), also, do you have MySky?



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  # 1023882 12-Apr-2014 11:19
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I have got 5.1 working on sky by changing the setting on sky to Dolby. However still only 2.1 on the PS3 and PS4. Tempted to go buy optical but then it means spending $100 and I'll have to use a switch :( Wish I could use HDMI :(

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  # 1023893 12-Apr-2014 11:44
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Dunnersfella:
What are your sound settings at the moment?
Both on the source devices (PS3/4 and Sky), also, do you have MySky?

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