Question 1: Can I run the Samsung audio through the CONNECT:AMP to the existing ceiling speakers?
If the answer is NO, I will consider buying a Playbar, but that leads to Question 2: Reading the Playbar manual, it says that all components of my system (cable box, modem/router) have to be connected directly to the TV for it to work properly. I have an Xbox One controlling my TV and cable box. How does the Playbar fit in such a system?
Best answer by Airgetlam
Yes, you can run the Samsung audio through the Connect:Amp to get audio to the existing speakers. Note that it won't be surround, or 5.1 data, just stereo information. Oh, and there might be a slight delay in synch between the speakers and the information on the screen. Others who may have done this might add their comments.
2. I think you've misinterpreted the information, although I've not read it myself. If you get a Playbar, the only things it needs to be connected to are the power, and the TV itself, via a optical cable (TOSLink connector). You can, if you choose, connect it to your wifi system to allow it to play streaming data. Ah, a thought just occurred to me. I think part of the setup process requires you to connect the Playbar to your router via an internet cable? If that's the case, it's a 3 to 5 minute thing during the setup process, then you can remove that ethernet cable and continue wirelessly. That may be what you were reading.
So, the Playbar connects to the TV to get sound. The Cable Box and XBox One would connect to the TV using HDMI cables, and basically that's it. You could potentially then add a couple of "rear" speakers, and a sub to get the full surround sound setup (Dolby Digital 5.1). Many people prefer Play:1s as surround speakers, but some like the larger Play:3s or Play:5s, it's up to you and your ears.
Hope that helps.