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Apps are not external devices
As I said in my original post, "I understand the TV itself [apps, OTA] will provide 5.1 to the soundbar, but will it passthrough 5.1 from an external device?"
The link you provided is older than my TV and, thus, doesn't include my model.
Would appreciate an answer from a Samsung rep on this.
So far, it's been no pass if the source is HDMI.
In the USA you can get an answer in minutes at 1800SAMSUNG. If yours works, it would be the first I've heard of.
Re: 4.1, that's irrelevant. 4.1 is not even a real format. It just means there's not a dedicated center speaker. What's important is that the soundbar can decode 5.1, so I want to see if it's getting 5.1. I'm mostly interested to find out if the LFE channel is being passed through.
Re: running BR player through the soundbar, I'd prefer all sources to go through the TV for convenience of switching. (Wife acceptance factor!)
Since the Ambassador
Only shows from time to time, why not call it in? You'll have a Samsung answer in minutes. If your TV passes 5.1 with HDMI sources, this would be good news for Samsungs. About time.
Samsung rep on the phone claimed my TV will indeed pass 5.1 from my Blu-ray to my soundbar via HDMI. Not sure I really believe him, though! When I did the Disney WOW calibration disc, all channels came through except the LFE. That's what prompted my question.
Hence the question.
Now, the sub itself works fine, I can hear it when playing music and watching movies. However, it's possible that in those cases the sub is playing low frequencies from the left / right / center channels and not from the discrete ".1" LFE channel.
Trying to determine if there's a problem with the calibration disc, my BD player settings, or if 5.1 is just not getting passed through.
You can test this. Use the HDMI in on that sound bar.
But it's an odd bar with 4.1 so who knows what it's processing capability is.
Manual says it processes 5.1
It may be an "odd bar", but it's Samsung's top-of-the-line "straight" model. (The 7500 is the curved model to match curved TVs.) As I said before, 4.1 only means there's no dedicated center speaker. Center can easily be emulated by L & R channels. Specs clearly show that it processes Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 surround formats.
On the test disc, all 5 channels tested fine, the only question is the ".1." I plan on testing it with direct connection, once I get another cable. (Existing cables are routed to the TV through the wall.)
Emulation isn't the same as the real deal
Therein lies the rub. What good is a calibration disc when you aren't utilizing proper 5.1 kit?
Lately the newbies here are full of...
...snark. And usually after asking silly questions that have answers found elsewhere.
One test to answer the passing 5.1 question.
It's really good to read that newer Samsungs pass 5.1, but here we are in the rough (golf lingo) where it's not a sure thing that the .1 is getting out. One test to see where it is then you can get back to Samsung with your findings to ask for a fix.
In theory it should.
I believed that's the whole idea of ARC. As long as the component/s are ARC compatible, that's my understanding about ARC.
Apparently many TV's won't:
<div>"Some TVs will send 5.1 if the TV is the source of the audio (either from a streaming app or the built-in over-the-air tuner), but won't pass 5.1 from other sources, like a Blu-ray player."
Re: the link that R. Proffitt previously posted on the subject:
"And in case you're wondering about CNET's test of 20 TVs last year, it's not necessarily a good indicator of a TV's ARC implementation. We tested only the ability of the TV to pass surround sound via the optical output; we didn't test ARC or HDMI audio capabilities at all."
You have never read my rants concerning ARC here yet?
My latest utterance: ARC is a fARCe (e.g. it rarely works as it is intended)