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A 5.1 sound bar on a Samsung TV is basically useless?

by motleyp / August 15, 2014 9:40 AM PDT

I understand that optical out mixes down two channel stereo. I have recently ditched cable and use my blu-ray player for netflix and I use the over air antenna for local channels. How can you use a 5.1 set up with strictly HDMI? Is it as simple as using the optical out from the blu-ray to the sound bar and HDMI for video to the TV? Are there any options at all?

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Sure. Read this link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2014 12:52 AM PDT
http://www.cnet.com/news/20-tvs-tested-which-sets-can-pass-surround-sound-to-a-sound-bar/

But not all optical out is stereo. I don't want to bore you but some HDMI rule states that if passthrough occurs then what is passed when the passing device makes sound shall be stereo. There are some that want to debate but I will not here as it's been done and done.

SO with that out of the way, OTA and APPS which are not coming in on HDMI may emit 5.1 but then it's questionable if 5.1 will be all that glorious in a sound bar. maybe better but for me, well that's my choice.
Bob
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Interesting article...it states the problem and results but
by motleyp / August 16, 2014 4:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Sure. Read this link.

Thanks Bob that helps....the OTA is coming through on coaxial so I am assuming that is would be 5.1 when it's coming in as such. I guess the solution for the blu-ray is to do an HDMI splitter one to the TV and one to the sound bar or straight optical to the sound bar? I guess the general rule is to bypass the tv altogether when comes to running external audio.

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You guessed it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2014 4:33 AM PDT

The basic setup for 5.1 (or better than Stereo) is like this.

Source -> sound system -> HDTV.

For what remains, an optical from HDTV to sound system works well. Now about ARC, I wish it always worked but for now it's still a roll of the dice.

There are some sets that read the HDMI rulebook differently. I wish HDMI was without all the "features" that make it user unfriendly.
Bob

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