Setup of HT-D6500
by Firepig58 - 6/2/12 9:11 AM
Six months in, I am still trying to find a setup for my HT-D6500 home theatre that works, for what must be the most common configuration for UK users.
I have a Samsung D8000 TV (with built-in Freeview terrestrial digital TV receiver) and a Sky+HD digital satellite box. For a long time I have had everything connected by HDMI: Sky>HT<>TV, with ARC enabled to play TV sound through the HT. But I realised I was not getting Dolby Digital sound from the Sky box: it only outputs Dolby Digital via Optical Out, not HDMI. So I connected an optical cable from the Sky box to the HT and selected Digital In as the source. No effect. The HT seems to treat an ARC sound signal on its HDMI output as the Digital In source, and to prefer it to the Optical, and as far as I can see there is no way of switching between them manually.
I then took the HDMI cable from the Sky box direct to the TV input 1, rather than feeding the picture via the HT, so I have HDMI Sky>TV<>HT + optical Sky>HT. Still no difference (except that I can't now see the HT menu on the TV screen without changing TV inputs). Having the HDMI connection between TV and HT stops the optialc connection between Sky and HT working.
If I disconnect HDMI between TV and HT, Eureka! Surround sound works from Sky. But now I have no way of seeing the HT's on-screen menus, and no way of playing sound from the TV's internal digital tuner.
What should I do? And before anyone recommends another optical cable between TV and HT, the HT has only one optical input!
Sky is the most common pay TV source in the UK, so I'd be surprised if if Samsung were selling a product that doesn't work with it and with its own TV's. Help please!