Is it possible to use Samsung Soundbar/Woofer with Onkyo TX-NR656

dhschultz39

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Currently feeding Samsung 6000 LED TV with HDMI from Direct TV Sat Recvr (ARC) or Sony HD BluRay UBP-X700 (for discs and streaming), and using optical out to Samsung HW-M450 sound bar/wireless woofer (without TV speakers) - sound is pretty good, but...
Have an Onkyo TX-NR656 AV receiver with rear and side speakers (Klipsich), no front speakers yet. Only one HDMI (ARC) output on NR656 (2nd HDMI OUT SUB is for another TV or projector).
Is it possible to drive Sound bar with the Onkyo AV receiver without damage to the Sound Bar, either optical from TV or a HDMI splitter on Onkyo HDMI (ARC) output? If use the Sound Bar, will its purpose be defeated by addition of front and center speakers to obtain a "real" surround sound as opposed to a fabricated one from the Sound Bar? Any recommendations on which front / center speakers modest price / quality for general TV / movie / sports viewing work best?
Any ideas on improving utilization of NR656 greatly appreciated.
 

dante01

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No, you cannot integrate the soundbar and your AV receiver into the same setup. It is either a case of using one or the other and not one where you can utilise both at the same time.
 
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dhschultz39

Novice Member
No, you cannot integrate the soundbar and your AV receiver into the same setup. It is either a case of using one or the other and not one where you can utilise both at the same time.
Suspected as much for reasons stated of "fabricated" surround sound from sound bar.
Thank you, sir.
 
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dante01

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It has nothing to do with the "fabricated" surround associated with the soundbar and is simply a matter of how would one device know which channels the other is portraying? THe two devices are effectily doing the same job and were never designed to be used in the same setup simultaneously. The sounbar has its own processing and amplification and cannot be utilised as a passive speakers or speakers.
 
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Deleted member 39241

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Potentially you could go from an AVR pre-outs into an analog or aux in to a soundbar, it's a 'hack' but might work. Not in this case though, as the AVR doesn't have pre-outs for the front left and right speakers.
 
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