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    Default Sonos home theater

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    Hello:

    I need help on something that has been frustrating to figure out. I currently have a sonos playbar, sub and 2 play 1's. I currently have the toslink optical cable running from my playbar directly into my tv and have HDMI cables running from my PS3 and tivo box into the tv hdmi inputs. The sound bar only has one optical output. I am not receiving dolby digital 5.1 from my ps3 or tivo box. My audio is being downgraded to 'stereo' when playing anything out of those two devices. The only way to get dolby digital 5.1 is when I manual connect my sound bar directly into the device I am using.

    Do I need to purchase a toslink switch? if so, which one would you recommend? Or is there another solution you would recommend?

    Thank you, in advance.

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    Default Re: Sonos home theater

    A switch is probably your best option. The TV identifies itself as a two-channel device to anything connected via HDMI, so those devices feed it stereo.

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    Default Re: Sonos home theater

    2 channel device? I thought HDMI passed surround through it? The whole point was to drop using optical. In fact....I'm more than sure it passes surround since a lot of devices now are only offering HDMI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jh20001 View Post
    2 channel device? I thought HDMI passed surround through it? The whole point was to drop using optical. In fact....I'm more than sure it passes surround since a lot of devices now are only offering HDMI.
    When you use the TV as an HDMI switcher (i.e. to change inputs), that's what you'll get. As MDRiggs said, the TV is a 2-channel device and advertises it as such to all HDMI devices connected to it.
    To get surround sound via HDMI you need a surround enabled device doing the HDMI switching (a receiver, a soundbar with HDMI switching, etc.).

    So wiring direct to the soundbar with a digital optical (TOSLINK) switcher is the best way to get surround audio in your case.

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