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I want to keep hold of my current 42” smart hd tv for now and buy a 4K / blu ray / 3D / hdr player and a sound bar.

My tv has an audio optical input.

My blu ray player has an audio optical output which I plug into my tv, it also has connectors and speakers.

I’ve looked at sound bars and 4K players and they both have a single audio optical port.

I want to still be able to watch stuff on my smart tv apps (Netflix etc). And from my Apple TV.

So not just watch I want to use these with the sound bar and a new player.

So my question is how will my tv smart apps, Apple TV and 4K player play sound through a sound bar if one device doesn’t have 2 audio optical ports?

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  • I find it unusual that your TV has an optical in port. They usually have one optical out. Can you confirm that info please? Your Blu-Ray also player sounds like it has an integrated speaker system too. That would mean it has an optical input and your TV has an optical output. – Romen Apr 9 at 17:28
  • Yes your correct tv has optical output 👍 – Jules Apr 9 at 18:29
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    The accepted answer doesn't completely clear up that confusion but it is spot on, correct. Your TV is acting as a sort of switch for multiple HDMI devices and sends the audio for the current input device back to your sound system over optical. – Romen Apr 9 at 19:40
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If you connect everything up through HDMI, it should work fine. I myself only use one optical connection from my TV to my receiver, because my receiver pre-dates HDMI. So the audio data from my PS4 goes through HDMI to the TV which passes it through the TOS-link to the receiver. I haven't encountered any problems with codecs. All codecs that the receiver supports work and otherwise it just falls back to PCM channels.

So in short, I don't think you will even need optical connections, since you are buying them all new.

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