A few months ago, I purchased the Sony Soundbar to go with my TV and Xbox. I tried to link to it but the forum got mad at me. :-x It's model number is HT-CT100.
I fail miserably at getting these kinds of things to perform at their maximum capabilities, but this one has been truly frustrating me. It's supposed to simulate surround sound (and occasionally it does), and it displays when it's doing this on the small screen on the receiver/sub. Half the time, it will say 2.1 ch, and the other half, it'll say 5.1 ch. I can't figure out why it would keep switching between them, and whether or not it's my fault.
Today, I purchased a PS3 and attempted to hook it into the receiver as well. The same problem occurs. Should I have the two consoles plugged into the TV via HDMI, or into the receiver itself? And if they're going into the receiver itself, do they both need optical cables along with the HDMI? If they do go in the TV though, what exactly is required to extract the fake 5.1? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Even just telling me where I'm supposed to be plugging what into at this point would set me straight.
The actual TV itself is Sony also, and maybe someone could tell me how to set up some of the menu interfaces a little better, because I suck at it. Is there any way to make a certain input (HDMI 1, for example) the default channel for the TV? Occasionally when it turns on, it'll be set to the actual TV mode, and I'm not sure why it does that.
On another note, if anyone happens to know a good deal about this soundbar thing, whenever I turn on the system after it's been off, it defaults into muted mode. It's obviously not a pressing matter, but it's super annoying.
Thanks for listening to my massive rant about my home theater ineptitude.