10-11-2009, 03:04 AM
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The Bose system is the weak link here. You need a proper home theater receiver if you want to hear surround sound from all of your sources. This is the main complaint regarding home theater in a box (HTIB) systems--connection limitations and the inability to expand/upgrade the system. I would also add the issue with inferior speakers.
What you need is a receiver that has HDMI switching/repeating capabilites. That way you can run the Blu-ray player's audio and video to it via HDMI. If you have a Comcast HD box you could also run this through the receiver. Then you relay the video from the receiver to the TV via HDMI cable and you're all set.
As it is the Bose probably only has one optical-in port (if that), so you'll have to switch between the Comcast and the Blu-ray player if you want surround sound. Send your video directly to the TV via HDMI.
Take the Bose back if you can. I see it on Amazon for $2,000. That is highway robbery. For that amount you can get a much better home theater receiver and speakers. For example, a mid-range Onkyo, Denon, Pioneer or Yamaha receiver will cost you no more than $750. You can get a good set of speakers--5.1 with floor-standing speakers, center channel, two-driver rears and a true sub (rather than Bose's "module" crap)--for under $900.