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Toslink and 7.1 surround

I bought an onkyo HT-SR800, I did manage to find a few blu-ray movies and have them on my PS3. The HT-SR800 has "pass through", which won't pass through the video, so I have to use HDMI to the HDTV, and want to make sure I am still gettting 7.1 through the Toslink cable. How can I be sure it's really 7.1? Called onkyo, the guy there was not much help.

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  • JX3 JOHNSON Jun 25, 2009

    2 front, 2 rear, and 2 surround and a powered sub. It comes with an Audyssey mic to set up the speakers for any size room, not sure I am truly getting 7.1, since 5.1 will come out of all the speakers. I have read mmany different things on the net, so far it's about 50/50 on whether or not Toslink will carry 7.1 surround. But since I have pass though only, (HDMI) I am not sure if the Toslink cable is carrying 7.1 to the Onkyo HT-SR800 or not.

  • JX3 JOHNSON Jun 25, 2009

    No, I have 7 speakers already, 2 front, 2 rear, 2 surround (2nd pair rear) and a powered sub. My question is, does Toslink carry the 7.1 signal? Since the HT-SR800 is only pass through, and the PS3 only has 1 HDMI out, I need to carry the HDMI signal to the TV, and a Toslink directly to the receiver for surround. How can I be sure I am really listening to 7.1 (I am using a blu-ray disc with 7.1 surround on it) without a HDMI cable? I have read over and over that I need a HDMI cable to carry the audio, and that a Toslink doesn't support 7.1, then I read that Toslink WILL carry the audio. I need clarification. Thank you for your response by the way.

  • JX3 JOHNSON Jun 25, 2009

    Finally found someone who has the same setup (HDMI - TV, Toslink to receiver) I appreciate your comments, I will give it a try tonight.

  • Frank Fulton
    Frank Fulton May 11, 2010

    What do you have for a speaker setup?



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For you to process 7.1 you need another pair of speakers. Your setup is 5.1 If you want to see some different 7.1 setups just google images of 7.1 speaker setups. Seeing it it easier than explaining it. Hope this helps

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    Frank Fulton Jun 25, 2009

    Everything I have seen say's the same Toslink does support 7.1. I have set it up with a Yamaha RXV2700 and it works fine using HDMI to the TV and Toslink to the receiver. My bad though, I missed the other pair you had...



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