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I recently purchased a Philips HTS3051BV 5.1 Home Theater. After properly installing it, I am thinking that I cannot connect my 360 S or my fat PS3 to the system to enjoy both consoles in 5.1 surround sound. For some unknown reason, I always thought that all HDMI devices would interface through the TV and the HT receiver to provide the surround sound experience. I am quickly learning that even though I may know a fair amount about the video side of things, I am a complete noob when it comes towards audio. Can anyone out there with some experience help me? Please.

Quick FYI:
- My TV is also a brand new 120HZ Philips
- The Home Theater Receiver is connected via HDMI
- 360 via HDMI
- PS3 via HDMI

Also, I realize that this isn't a top of the line HTS. Be easy on my please lol.
 

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Best you can do is one additional component (in your case either the 360 or the PS3) w/ 5.1 digital sound via the digital coaxial input. However, both the 360 & PS3 only have digital optical outputs, meaning you'll need a converter.

You can connect two more components into the Audio In 1 & 2 via red & white RCA cables, but you won't get true 5.1 digital sound. Both your PS3 & 360 should have these cables included in the box.

There are no HDMI inputs on the Phillips, only a single HDMI output going to the TV.

If you want to connect both PS3 & 360 to something via HDMI, you'll need a different home theatre system, such as the Sony HTSS370.
 

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Here's the FAQ on DD5.1:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=17870

And the FAQ on Cables & Connections:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76085

As mentioned in the post above, the HTiB has an HDMI output, but no HDMI inputs and no optical inputs. I strongly suggest you get yourself a proper AVR or an HTiB with the necessary connections. Here's the FAQ on AVR features - especially read the part near the end on HDMI and HD audio.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76082

Many people assume that they can connect the HDMI cables for various devices to the TV and the signal will "magically" get back to the AVR/HTiB, however, this is not the case unless the TV and the AVR have ARC (audio return channel), which not many do. You usually need to connect from each device to the AVR/HTiB.
 
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