Q: I have an LG 65-inch Smart TV and a Marantz 6008 receiver. When I want to watch TV, should I select "TV Audio" or "Cable/Satellite" on the receiver? Does the volume on the TV have to be on, and, if so, to what setting?
A: The source selection on the receiver depends on how you have everything connected. You should have your sources (cable/satellite box, Blu-ray player, etc.) connected to inputs on the receiver, and then have a single HDMI output from the receiver going to an HDMI input on the TV.
There is an HDMI 1.4 feature called "Audio Return Channel" that allows for transfer of the audio signal from the TV to the receiver. This is used when the TV's built-in tuner is the audio source. When you connect the TV to the receiver, be sure to use the Audio Return Channel HDMI connections. When connected this way you will select "TV Audio" to play sound from the TV through your sound system.
As for the other sources, look at the back of your receiver. You will see that the HDMI inputs are labeled. Find the input where the cable/satellite box is connected. That is the selection you will use on the receiver. It does not have to match the type of component. For example, you could use the Game input with a Blu-ray player or cable box, or the Blu-ray input with a video game system. This is useful to remember if you don't have a game system but do have two disc players, for example a Blu-ray player and a VHS/DVD combo player that upconverts over HDMI.
When you are using external speakers, the TV's volume should be set to 0. Otherwise you might get an echo.
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