Sorry if this is in wrong forum. I think this has a factual answer. Maybe it’s GQ, or IMHO…anyway…
I bought a Sony Bravia soundbar. It is self powered (no receiver needed) and should work well for my needs. I am totally confused on how to hook it up. I know what the manual says but I don’t understand the why. I have a Tivo, a PS3, and a BluRay that I want to run through it. Right now, all 3 accessories are connected via HDMI to the inputs on the TV. I thought that I would connect the soundbar via the HDMI out or digital optical out on the TV and that would be it. I am used to hooking up speakers as the last in the chain.
The manual says otherwise. The manual says to run the 3 accessories to the soundbar via HDMI. Then connect the TV to the soundbar via ARC (2way) HDMI. I think that with this hookup the signal runs from (say) the BluRay to the speaker (where it only passes through), to the TV and back to the speaker for sound. Am I correct?
Why would I want to do this? Would my way work equally well or is there a reason to do it as the manual says? The reason that I ask, is that I have enough complication now. My wife and kids know how to select the input on the TV and work the devices. If I change so that I have to select the input via the speaker, I have to re-school everyone and it seems like a PITA.
Is there an optimal, preferred (and easy) way to hook up my stuff?