Xbox 360 and surround sound

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#1

I have a Panasonic SC-BT203 home theatre system. I have an HDMI cable hooked up to my TV and want to hook my Xbox 360 to the surround sound so I can play games on the speakers. How would I do this?

-Thanks in advance.


#2

Don’t know what connections you have on that particular unit but the standard way is to connect the Xbox 360 to the home theatre system via an HDMI input then connect the HDMI output to the TV.

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#3

Thanks for the help.

To make things more complex, however, my unit only has 1 hdmi port. My TV has 2. I use my surround sound, xbox, TV, and hook my laptob up to the TV alot.With all that being said, I have an HDMI cable for my Xbox, Computer, and the one that is currently hooked up to the TV and surround sound. I want to be able to use my surround sound on the TV/Cable, and Xbox. I just recently bought an HDMI splitter because I have all these HDMI cords. If I plan to have an HDMI from my laptob to TV(1), Xbox to surround sound(2), TV/Cable to surround sound(3); how do I hook all those up to the splitter to be able to get surround on all of them?

The splitter is a [B]4x1 HDMI 1.3b Certified Switch with CEC Engine (FULL 1080p HD) [FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]from MonoPrice. [/FONT][/B][/SIZE]Do I hook the output HDMI to my TV or surround sound?

-Sorry for any confusion and thanks in advance.


#4

I’m not sure if you can connect it so you don’t need an extra cable or not, but I ordered the HD DVR receiver from directv. I’m not sure if you need that to help me answer this problem. I’m not sure if I need HDMI cables including the output, or 5 including the output.

-Thanks again.


#5

To my knowledge the XBox 360 can only deliver surround sound using the optical out using one of the specialised cables.

You could maybe use a pre-amplifier surround system to deliver both the surround sound and the image via hdmi, provided it has that functionality. I’m not sure if this will ever work.


#6

Do you know exactly how an HDMI splitter works? If I use the output to my TV, then hook the home theatre to the splitter, hook the xbox to the splitter, and hook the cable to the splitter, will they all work on my TV and surround sound?

That’s 4 wires that I want to hook up so they can used with my surround sound and TV. (Cable, Xbox, TV, Computer)

Would the switch I mentioned above be able to do that, or would I need a switch that has 2 outputs, 1 for the TV, 1 for the surround sound?

=Thanks


#7

I’ve researched it.

The Xbox 360 can deliver surround sound via HDMI.

So, you would need to transfer a hdmi cable from Xbox 360 to surround sound hdmi input, in order to get 5.1 surround sound.

Usually you can use the hdmi out of the same surround system to transfer the images from xbox -> via surround sound system - > to your tv.

If not, maybe a splitter will work, but i doubt it. A splitter is usually a switch ( z = x , or y, or w, or … ), meaning you can select from x different inputs to one output. It does not mean you can combine data from two inputs to something else (x + y = z). You also cannot copy one input signal to two outputs with this kind of splitter. (z = x + y)

Because …

What could work is that your xbox 360 hdmi signal goes to two different outputs. One output to your tv (for the images) and one output to the surround sound system (for the sound).


#8

I think all you need to do is hook all the HDMI to the splitter and then use the out for that to the receiver and then the out on the receiver to the in on the TV. This should work but you can only use one device at any given time this way


#9

[QUOTE=BillyOrth;2528296]Do you know exactly how an HDMI splitter works? If I use the output to my TV, then hook the home theatre to the splitter, hook the xbox to the splitter, and hook the cable to the splitter, will they all work on my TV and surround sound?

That’s 4 wires that I want to hook up so they can used with my surround sound and TV. (Cable, Xbox, TV, Computer)

Would the switch I mentioned above be able to do that, or would I need a switch that has 2 outputs, 1 for the TV, 1 for the surround sound?

=Thanks[/QUOTE]

I’ve had a look at the manual for your machine and that’s awkward as the only HDMI connector on your device is an HDMI Output.

This pretty much a standalone Blu-ray system as you’ve no video inputs at all but you do have two optical inputs for sound.

Do you have an optical out connection on your TV?

Bear in mind some TVs allow you to change whether the connections are inputs or outputs via the TV’s menus.

My own TV is like this and prior to getting an HDMI A/V Receiver I had the Xbox 360 connected to the TV via HDMI and the optical connection from the TV to the A/V Receiver.

If your set up works like this then you can connect all your devices to the TV and send the sound via the optical link.

If you haven’y got enough inputs on your TV then you can buy either a manual (with buttons) or autosensing HDMI switching unit that connects multiple HDMI inputs to one output

Something like this for example which is a pretty small autosensing one but there are plenty of other types that offer more inputs if required.

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