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  • ozthegweat 5 Mar 2018 20:15:22 2,059 posts
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    Optical supports the same audio signals as ARC, so no, you're fine.
  • Blakester 5 Mar 2018 20:16:34 4,545 posts
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    IJ wrote:
    God Iím confused now. Iíve just bought the Sony XE9005. I was planning on going with a soundbar because I canít be bothered with surround sound. Iíve got 7.1 built into the walls of the other room.

    I assumed I could just connect the soundbar to the TV via HDMI and have good quality sound. Are you saying I have to connect a sound bar via optical?
    Only if the sound bar doesnít support 4K pass through.
  • Blackmarsh63 5 Mar 2018 20:25:21 1,821 posts
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    You also really need a sound bar with a separate sub-woofer. You just can't get decent bass from small speakers.
  • Technoishmatt 5 Mar 2018 20:36:50 2,859 posts
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    In summary:

    If you have a TV + Soundbar: use hdmi or optical

    If you have a 4k HDR TV + 4K HDR receiver + surround sound up to 5.1: plug your 4K HDR video source into either TV or receiver; if plugged into your TV you can use ARC or optical to send the sound to the receiver. If you can hear the difference between compressed and uncompressed, or maybe Dolby Atmos, then plug directly into receiver.

    If you have a 4K HDR TV + 4K HDR receiver + surround sound over 5.1 (eg atmos speakers): always plug directly into the receiver (unless your tv and receiver are Enhanced Arc enabled - but never use optical).
  • IJ 5 Mar 2018 21:19:00 943 posts
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    Technoishmatt wrote:
    In summary:

    If you have a TV + Soundbar: use hdmi or optical

    If you have a 4k HDR TV + 4K HDR receiver + surround sound up to 5.1: plug your 4K HDR video source into either TV or receiver; if plugged into your TV you can use ARC or optical to send the sound to the receiver. If you can hear the difference between compressed and uncompressed, or maybe Dolby Atmos, then plug directly into receiver.

    If you have a 4K HDR TV + 4K HDR receiver + surround sound over 5.1 (eg atmos speakers): always plug directly into the receiver (unless your tv and receiver are Enhanced Arc enabled - but never use optical).
    Brilliant, thanks!
  • beastmaster 5 Mar 2018 22:58:18 18,688 posts
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    Well worth watching.

  • IJ 6 Mar 2018 12:50:25 943 posts
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    @beastmaster I bought the Yamaha 207 today. It's sold out almost everywhere but I got it from box.co.uk (used them before and they were fine and they're used by Tesco, so solid company). It was £10 more expensive than Richer Sounds but it was in-stock. Apparently they are going to get more stock in 2-3 weeks but I've been burnt by that before, so I just grabbed it. As you said, reviews are all excellent and price seems great for what you're getting.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
  • beastmaster 6 Mar 2018 13:04:05 18,688 posts
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    @IJ

    Let me know how it is.
  • beastmaster 7 Mar 2018 20:07:00 18,688 posts
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    Got my Bravia this afternoon. Holy fuck, itís amazing!

    4K Blu-rayís look stunning and honestly, itís good enough for me, so I doubt Iíll get a dedicated Panasonic...for now. Sound from the TV is great too. So, soundbar is on hold.

    Switch doesnít look good in it to be honest. Neither was my TV signal from the Humax. Donít care about those.

    Apple TV is excellent. Got the One X and that in the HDR ports.

    Edited by beastmaster at 20:08:01 07-03-2018

    Edited by beastmaster at 20:29:56 07-03-2018
  • mangojoe 7 Mar 2018 20:41:36 2,043 posts
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    beastmaster wrote:
    Got my Bravia this afternoon. Holy fuck, itís amazing!

    4K Blu-rayís look stunning and honestly, itís good enough for me, so I doubt Iíll get a dedicated Panasonic...for now. Sound from the TV is great too. So, soundbar is on hold.

    Switch doesnít look good in it to be honest. Neither was my TV signal from the Humax. Donít care about those.

    Apple TV is excellent. Got the One X and that in the HDR ports.

    Edited by beastmaster at 20:08:01 07-03-2018
    What one did you get ? Got my x9005 coming tomorrow
  • beastmaster 7 Mar 2018 20:56:06 18,688 posts
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    mangojoe wrote:
    beastmaster wrote:
    Got my Bravia this afternoon. Holy fuck, itís amazing!

    4K Blu-rayís look stunning and honestly, itís good enough for me, so I doubt Iíll get a dedicated Panasonic...for now. Sound from the TV is great too. So, soundbar is on hold.

    Switch doesnít look good in it to be honest. Neither was my TV signal from the Humax. Donít care about those.

    Apple TV is excellent. Got the One X and that in the HDR ports.

    Edited by beastmaster at 20:08:01 07-03-2018
    What one did you get ? Got my x9005 coming tomorrow
    Sony XE9005, 49 inch model.

    Just watching the Spurs match on Apple TV with output from the BT Sport app directed to it. Itís fucking great! Guys from John Lewis came and set it all up in 30 mins.

    Iíve got it in the office and itís MASSIVE. First time Iíve ever had what I would consider home cinema.

    All Iíve done is play Forza Horizon 3, a quick go on GT Sport and watched the Star Trek 4K HDR Blu-ray.
  • mangojoe 7 Mar 2018 22:06:38 2,043 posts
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    @beastmaster enjoy mate. Looking forward to getting mine now
  • beastmaster 8 Mar 2018 06:53:52 18,688 posts
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    @mangojoe

    Donít forget to enable HDMI ports 2 and 3 for HDR. This guy is talking about X but the Sony TV settings apply to all signals coming into those ports.

  • mangojoe 8 Mar 2018 08:07:46 2,043 posts
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    @beastmaster thanks very much I'll make sure I'll do that.
  • mangojoe 8 Mar 2018 08:20:05 2,043 posts
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    What is the measurement from bottom of the stand to bottom of tv on the x90. My soundbar that's coming is 78mm high I believe and worried it will go above screen
  • ozthegweat 8 Mar 2018 14:54:20 2,059 posts
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    Look up the size of your model here and substract the height without stand from the height with stand.
  • mangojoe 8 Mar 2018 17:13:57 2,043 posts
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    Thanks Oz. Didn't think of that!
  • DakeyrasUK 8 Mar 2018 19:30:26 1,994 posts
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    @beastmaster concerning that netflix forced hdr video.

    I didnt think and just tested again to be sure that is the case for the netflix app already on the sony 49xe9005 tv we have.

    So would recomend people to just use the on board app.
  • beastmaster 8 Mar 2018 19:46:07 18,688 posts
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    Iím using the one on the Apple 4K TV. Not tried the Android apps and Iíve dismissed the Samba application.
  • Derblington 8 Mar 2018 20:11:08 31,146 posts
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    If you have it on the tv, why would you power up a second device to use it at all? Makes no sense to me.

    Iíve always used the app on the tv rather than running a console at the same time.
  • beastmaster 8 Mar 2018 20:33:20 18,688 posts
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    Thatís true. Depends on what Iím doing at the time. Will try the TV apps tomorrow.
  • mangojoe 10 Mar 2018 08:35:21 2,043 posts
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    Setting up my Sony X90. Don't mind only 2 HDMI ports out the four being HDR but shocked one of them is the tv arc one!

    Anyway ...my sound bar is a bit in the way of the remote receiver so do can I get an IR extender to help this or can I use the IR blaster that it comes with?
  • ozthegweat 10 Mar 2018 09:23:09 2,059 posts
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    Of course the ARC port is HDR-enabled, so people with a receiver only need to connect one cable to the TV.

    IR often doesn't need direct line of sight, why not just try it first without any blaster?
  • Dougs 10 Mar 2018 10:21:12 86,856 posts
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    OK, so if I was to want to upgrade my sides (bookcase only) and centre from the entry level I currently have to mid-range, what sort of budget would I be looking at?
  • mangojoe 10 Mar 2018 10:50:54 2,043 posts
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    ozthegweat wrote:
    Of course the ARC port is HDR-enabled, so people with a receiver only need to connect one cable to the TV.

    IR often doesn't need direct line of sight, why not just try it first without any blaster?
    Doh! Yep that makes sense .

    Remote works if a hold it up a bit just a bit annoying .

    I've bought a sumsung soundbar and connected to arc. Menu clicking sounds but nothing from the apps themselves e.g. Netflix or youview
  • JamesUK 10 Mar 2018 14:22:11 732 posts
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    Could you cut out a square of mdf and put it under the tv stand to raise the height a little?.
  • Armoured_Bear 10 Mar 2018 14:51:06 24,321 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    OK, so if I was to want to upgrade my sides (bookcase only) and centre from the entry level I currently have to mid-range, what sort of budget would I be looking at?
    Iíd concentrate on the centre first tbh, much more important. What do you have just now?
  • Dougs 10 Mar 2018 14:53:52 86,856 posts
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    Just some entry level Denon that came as a bundle. Tbh, they sound pretty good to me (when I'm allowed to put it through its paces...) but I am dying to to know how much more I can get out of the system. Centre first was my plan but then as I delved down the rabbit hole, I read more about it needing to be balanced with the sides....
  • mangojoe 10 Mar 2018 16:19:06 2,043 posts
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    JamesUK wrote:
    Could you cut out a square of mdf and put it under the tv stand to raise the height a little?.
    Ordered an IR Extender on amazon for a fiver.
    Regarding the Arc and sound bar, I just changed the HDMI cable and hey Presto
  • Psychotext 10 Mar 2018 23:43:52 63,798 posts
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    I need to calibrate a couple of TVs and a few monitors. Is there a decent hardware solution for this?
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