Firstly, I had the same isssue with my Pioneer sound system before getting this new sound bar. Points to STB?
Secondly I have trawled the web, the forums and under the sofa but to no luck, yet loads of other people have roughly the same issues.
It is to do with ARC. I have even ordered a "Lindy HDMI CEC Less Adapter, Female to Male (41232)" whatever that is from Amazon as all the reviews specifically talk about TELUS Optik TV. One review said "Fixed audio issue with Telus Optik Tv with Samsung TV and Samsung SOUNDBAR. Telus came out and said I bought a crappy tv, I told them their box was crap and I proved it." Sound like the same issue I am having.
But interested if there are any workarounds or different set top boxes I can test out?
oh, and I have the most expensive hdmi cables 🙂
Basically I can cable my set up in two ways, both of which present me with a problem:
Where to start to fix option 1. Is that the right setup for cabling in the first place?
Any suggestions gladly accepted.
As I said, I had the same issue with the Pioneer Sound system. Now that I have changed the sound system and still experiencing this issue, how do I eliminate if it is the TV or the STB? Actually, I might steal my son's Wi-Fi PVR or TV and do some more testing.....
The Lindy HDMI CEC Less Adapter, Female to Male (41232) does not arrive for another month, yet lots of reviews on Amazon claim it fixed their issue and that the TELUS STB 'breaks/does not handle ARC well"??
If you have read through this to the end you have way more patience than me!
I am told digital optical is not as good as HDMI?
"Both can pass multi-channel audio, like Dolby Digital. Both cables can be had pretty cheap. The biggest difference is that HDMI can pass higher-resolution audio, including the formats found on Blu-ray: Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. These formats can't get transmitted across optical"
Hence trying to get this all set up using HDMI and ARC.
I should add that having expensive HDMI cables is irrelevant. All you need are cables that meet the HDMI spec and are physically robust enough for the application. Anything else the manufacturer/sales person claims is a marketing ploy to extract more money from you. I have spent over $30K of A/V equipment over the years and have paid 4 figures on speaker cables and interconnects but I've never paid more than $30 for any HDMI cable. Okay, I think I might have paid $45 for one extra long (20 ft) HDMI cable. For digital connnections a digital bit is a digital bit as long as it gets delivered to the other end. It's not like analog signals where the physical/electrical characteristics of the cable can affect the information carried.
I just mentioned in jest that i spent lots of money on hdmi cables as I have also read alot of forums which say that the issues were becuse the cables were not good enough, and I just wanted to eliminate that as part of my trouble shooting. But apperciate your response.
Sorry, my comment about expensive HDMI cables wasn't meant as a knock on you. I'm just very annoyed with cable manufacturers and retailers perpetuating the myth that people need buy rediculously expnsive gold plated, oxygen free copper, carbon fiber encased, vibranium terminatted and Pope blessed HDMI cables.
I believe the Samsung implemenation of CEC is called Anynet+ and there is some setup process involved for each external device connected. Perhaps there are some settings during the setup process that might address your issue.
Thank you for your response.
This is exactly the issue though I am having.
Remote does work with TV by swtiching it on and off.
Somehow through CEC, when TV is turned back on, sound bar does not switch back on.
yes, HDMI 4 on my TV is ARC.
maybe the samsung soundbar and tv are not working properly with CEC / ARC although I have enabled CEC on the TV.
When I switch off the tv, the soundbar switches off. it's just when i switch the tv back on, the sound bar does not.