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Basic problem about hooking up surround sound

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Old 07-22-2016, 07:37 AM   #1  
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Default Basic problem about hooking up surround sound

I'm behind the times so this is probably a very basic question. Forgive me for my stupidity.

My current setup is i have an HDTV with a number of components hooked up (blu ray player, video game systems etc). They are hooked up via hdmi, component and composite video and the audio is hooked up to my all-in-one surround sound system via optical digital audio cables.

I recently had a house fire and have to get all new stuff. Many of the current things i see to hook up to a TV have HDMI out but no digital audio out. If i hook up the components to the TV via hdmi, how do i get the audio for these various things to an all-in-one surround sounds sytem?
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:55 AM   #2  
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Typically all devices hook up via hdmi to the surround system then there is an hdmi outo from the surround system to the TV. Alternately you can buy hdmi splitters
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Wow, so i've been doing it wrong all along. That sounds like it means there is no changing of inputs on the TV So if i have one HDMI cable go out to the TV, how does it know what video signal to play? Does it automatically just know if i'm using a video game system or blu ray or whatever and change the picture accordingly?
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Which sounds system are you using, that would be most helpful
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I can't tell you the old one but i'm looking at the Yamaha YHT-3920UBL as a replacement. I think that one is comparable to my old one.
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There is a selector on the main unit (AVR) that chooses which input is selected as active and displayed. It acts as a switch in addition to amplifying but yes the TV always stays on th same input and the signal in to it gets changed.
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Thanks. That makes sense.
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While you are at it a programmable remote like a Harmony will allow all of that equipment to seem like you are working only one device. Highly recommend when using a sound system to do the switching.

Now if you have a smart TV, then you will want to be able to get the sound from the TV into the sound system for the occasion when you go to some of the apps built into the TV like Netflix, browser, etc. Some will use HDMI return and some will require an optical cable from the TV into an input on the sound system.
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It is a smart TV but i never used any of those apps on it so that probably won't be an issue. Still, the sound system i looked at has 2 optical inputs so i might do that anyway. Thanks.
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