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Old 11-13-2012, 10:00 PM   #1  
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Please forgive, I'm a noob. I have a Dish 722k hd box going hdmi into a Denon 5.1 receiver (box set from best buy with BA speakers - AVR-591). Also have a PS3 going hdmi to Denon. TV is Samsung led 55" series 6000. Only thing going into tv is hdmi from Denon. Works fine, but...

Old house, thought I could hide wires, but no dice. Thinking about sound bar for upstairs so less wire mess. Move 5.1 downstairs when I have time. So, recommendations for sound bars? Obviously I want to have hdmi from dish to tv and hdmi from ps3 to tv. Audio is where I get messed up. I know I can get a sound bar with optical in, and even hdmi, but then I will have to muck the PS3/Dish settings to match, as well, correct? Ps3 has to go to PCM or some such? Hook both the dvr and ps3 up optically or not? I'm lost on audio.

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Please forgive, I'm a noob. I have a Dish 722k hd box going hdmi into a Denon 5.1 receiver (box set from best buy with BA speakers - AVR-591). Also have a PS3 going hdmi to Denon. TV is Samsung led 55" series 6000. Only thing going into tv is hdmi from Denon. Works fine, but...

Old house, thought I could hide wires, but no dice. Thinking about sound bar for upstairs so less wire mess. Move 5.1 downstairs when I have time. So, recommendations for sound bars? Obviously I want to have hdmi from dish to tv and hdmi from ps3 to tv. Audio is where I get messed up. I know I can get a sound bar with optical in, and even hdmi, but then I will have to muck the PS3/Dish settings to match, as well, correct? Ps3 has to go to PCM or some such? Hook both the dvr and ps3 up optically or not? I'm lost on audio.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Your post is a little confusing, but if I get it, HDMI will do audio also.
you need not change any settings, you want to avoid pcm to get the best audio. There are HDMI signal repeaters at monoprice, wireless can send signals a good 100'. HDMI can be used with cat5 line also for longer runs, monoprice has the adaptors.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:23 PM   #3  
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What equipment will be attached to each system - the one upstairs with a soundbar and the one downstairs using the Denon 5.1 AVR?

Using a soundbar in a second setup will not affect anything you do on the current 5.1 setup. If you are attaching the Dish box and the PS3 to the system with a soundbar, then you will likely need to change settings. You wouldn't be getting discrete 5.1 with a soundbar under any circumstances.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:23 AM   #4  
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There are soundbars that only have inputs from the TV (optical or analog) and are generally called 2.0 or 2.1 if they have a subwoofer. There are more expensive ones that have HDMI inputs (and allow you to switch between them like a home theater receiver does) and deliver HDMI out to the TV. These are typically called 5.1 and can provide surround effects (with varying degrees of success), usually by bouncing the surround channels off of the side walls in the room.

But to do that they first have to receive the surround information. They will receive that from the HDMI inputs from your equipment. However, they will NOT receive 5.1 or 7.1 from the optical or digital out from your TV. Many people do not know this, but current flat panel HD TVs will only send 5.1 surround out the optical or digital output, from program material they receive from their own internal tuners. Period. Weird, yes, I know, but true.
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You wouldn't be getting discrete 5.1 with a soundbar under any circumstances.
There is one that does. The Yamaha YHT-S401 has outputs for discrete surround speakers. You have to add your own speakers, but then you do get discrete 5.1 surround. I'm thinking about trying one after the holidays.
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