Santa is going to bring in a new woundbar, the Sony HT-A7000. My old Yamaha YSP-2200 peacefully died a month ago and my hearing is too bad to use the LG TV speakers
My LG is a 4K TV with 3 HDMI ports one of which should be eARC.
Is it better to connect the Vero 4K+ to the TV as it is now and the soundbar to the eARC port or is it better to connect the Vero4K+ to the soundbar HDMI and the soundbar to the TV always via the eARC port?
What I care about is to have the best audio format support from the Vero to the soundbar and also be able to use only the TV remote for both the TV and the soundbar via CEC.
Also, I do have a short fast HDMI 2.1 cable currently between the Vero 4K+ and the TV, while I’m not sure about the specs of a slenderish HDMI cable between the TV and soundbar eARC. Does also this one need to be rated at higher speed?
SONY’s site shows a setup in which the device reproducing sound/video had TWO HDMIs but the Vero only has one.
The answer to this depends on information you haven’t given us. For example, are there any audio formats that the sound bar’s HDMI inputs can accept but that the television’s HDMI inputs can’t (or vice versa)? Are there any important audio formats the TV cannot output via eARC? How many other source devices besides the Vero 4K+ are you planning to connect? Are you planning to use any of the TV’s built-in apps (e.g. for Netflix, Disney+, etc.)?
The most common configuration, if using a full-blown AVR, is to have the Vero connect to the AVR, and the AVR relay the video signal to the TV. The reason that’s the most common way to do it is partly that AVRs often have more HDMI inputs than the TV does, but mostly that there are many TVs which can’t actually accept HD audio formats via HDMI, while the AVR typically can.
But in your case, you won’t always be able to do this, because you’re going to run out of inputs - the sound bar only has two HDMI inputs while the TV probably has four (even if you’re using one for eARC) and from the sound of if you’ll need at least three inputs. Plus, you’ll need to use ARC at least some of the time, when you’re using one of the TV’s apps as a source; and your TV seems fairly flexible about audio input.
So, as a first pass, I would try connecting everything to the TV, and then sending the audio to the sound bar via eARC. This means A: you shouldn’t have to worry about the quality of the HDMI cable you’re connecting the TV to the sound bar with, and B: there will be fewer buttons to press to get everything working when you switch on - the sound bar will always be in eARC mode, and it’s just a question of remembering which device is connected to which TV input.
If you find, further down the line, that there is some audio format that the TV inputs can’t handle, then it’s easy enough to unplug the Vero 4K+ from the TV and plug it into the sound bar instead (and leave it there); but you may find you need to upgrade the HDMI cable connecting the soundbar to the TV at that point, as it will then be carrying video to the TV instead of only audio from the TV.
For practical purposes your sound bar is an AVR. If you had an older television, or even if you only had two source devices, I would be suggesting that you connect the Vero directly to the sound bar; but hopefully your TV can forward any audio you throw at it via eARC, and you get an extra input and less button-pushing this way.