HDMI ARC Question

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  1. Tom Smart

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    Hi there

    Hoping someone can help me with this one. A job I'm on, the TV has been installed on the wall (not by me) and two HDMI cables have been routed down the DVD player/ AV receiver, amp.

    The client wants me to connect up the his surround sound, the problem is that there are no audio cables that have been installed in the wall, optical, phono etc. Naturally I thought I would just use the ARC on the AV receiver but from what I can see it is not compatible with this, it didn't work when I had it connected.

    I thought about using a HDMI ARC extractor and connecting this to make it work, like this one

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0153JM...=9045159&hvtargid=pla-420046837347&th=1&psc=1

    I have the current set up working with a loose optical cable but obviously he doesn't want this remain in place and I just want to make sure that I have the correct parts with me as this is not something that I would not normally keep in stock.

    Can anyone just confirm that this is the way to go or can they think of a better way of doing things.

    FYI- TV has a compatible ARC output, the surround sound set up is quite old but he wants to keep it

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Rodders53

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    Run the optical cable alongside the hdmi cables in the duct between the locations. Using a nylon fish wire type tool to pull/push it through.
     
  3. Tom Smart

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    That's not an option. There is no ducting and it has all been plastered and painted,
     
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    My only concern would be in the small print, it says "Requires CEC on both TV and source". Does the AV amp have CEC / HDMI Anynet?

    If not, this may not work, but worth a punt to find out!!!
     
  5. Joe Fernand

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    Extracting Audio from the HDMI cable connected to the TV ARC socket is one option - we have our own solution which has full EDID management, Octava HD11-ARC – The Media Factory

    Running the Optical cable, as suggested by Rodders53, if practical would be a simple solution.

    Is the DVD Player connected to the TV or the 'legacy' AVR?

    Joe
     
  6. Tom Smart

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    Hey, yes I don't think it does. I was like yourself, 50/50 on whether this will work or not because I won't be actually coming out of the extractor with a HDMI cable, there would be no point. I just want to strip the 5.1 audio out of it.

    I have just checked the specs and it has CEC emulation so I think it will work. Another one of my suppliers also sells a similar product that says this can be used to connect to a "Non HDMI" amplifier so again I think that this will work.

    Product: CYP HDMI to Stereo Audio ARC Extractor

    I just wanted to make sure before I went ahead and ordered one in.
     
  7. Tom Smart

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    Hey Joe. Thanks for confirming that. I just have to quote the client so I may be back to order the part you have suggested.

    I'm not too concerned about the DVD player, I can get that working. Just wanted to get the TV sound into the system.
     
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    Not sure what sort of audio you are hoping for. I tried for ages to get this working

    Computer > TV (HDMI)
    TV > AVR (HDMI ARC)

    Had no trouble getting it to work first time, but only in stereo.

    Tried allsorts and concluded that I was up against that my Sony TV would only pass stereo down the ARC.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  9. noiseboy72

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    There's quite a few TVs that will only pass stereo. You are not the only one to find this out and I think it's why most sound bars have their own pseudo surround effects.
     
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    ARC Extractor worked a treat with 5.1 for anyone following this.
     

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