Can somebody please advise me on how to get surround sound from my tv, and not just only through watching a dvd. my tv is a technika 42 lcd and is hdmi, and my surround system is a samsung th-tz315. i brought this in currys and the guy said it would just work automatically, but it does'nt. i need to know if i am doing anything wrong or could my system be faulty.
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Re: getting surround sound from tv
I couldn't find a manual for your Technika, but it would have to have an digital optical audio out in order for it to work with that particular Samsung. If the Technika does not have the right type of digital audio out (BTW, I'd be willing to bet that a digital audio cable didn't come with the Samsung - you will have to purchase one), check your cable or satellite box to see if it has a digital audio out on it. Either way, you will need to connect a digital audio cable from either the tv, cable, or sat box digital OUT to the Samsung to get it to work.
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That should give you the connection options. The short answer, though, is to connect the best audio out from DirecTV to an audio in on the surround sound and then choose that option in the surround sound system when you want to watch TV.
You should have a AUDIO menu in which you can simulate true surround sound. This should be in your owners manual. Your DVD is recorded in dolby surround sound that's why on your set it will be reproduced as recorded. I hope Samsung is using a ATSC tuner in that model?
In short, the answer is: Hook up all three to each other. I have a Samsung DLP HDTV, and I was trying to hook up a Sony DAV-HDX500 home-theater system and a Comcast HD set-top box, but I found that the Sony user guide is helpful only for setting up the speakers. Most of what it had to say about HDMI and getting the TV sound or cable sound to go through the speaker system was wrong (or, at least, it didn't work for me). So, here's what I did. I connected Component video cables (Y/Pb/Pr out) from the Cable box to the TV (Y/Pb/Pr in), audio cables from the Cable box (audio out) to the Sony system ("SAT/Cable" audio in), and an HDMI cable from the Sony system (HDMI out) to the TV (HDMI in). This allows me to 1) watch DVDs with surround sound through the TV's HDMI source (when the "DVD" format is selected on the Sony system), 2) watch cable with surround sound through the TV's Component source (when the "SAT/Cable" format is selected on the Sony system), and 3) watch cable WITHOUT the surround sound, as I did before I ever had the Sony system. One item of note: When watching a non-HD channel with the surrond sound on, the audio is slightly out of synch with the video; thankfully, there's no such problem on HD channels. Anyway, I hope this helps. It drove me crazy for two days straight!
if ur surround hasnt got digital in then it wont work also its better to use the red white and yellow wire, i have hdmi and them wires hooked up and i have sound through everythin all i have to do is put it on aux 2, try it out