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  • erasr 6 Apr 2019 22:27:50 312 posts
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    Anyone gone from the Bose Soundtouch 300 to a Sonos? I have the large Bose soundbar but fancy selling for Sonos so I can get good rear speakers. Thinking about the new smaller Sonos Beam but worried it’ll have smaller soundstage

    Edited by erasr at 22:29:56 06-04-2019
  • HairyArse 11 Apr 2019 13:47:27 1,254 posts
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    Update on my situation.

    Last week resigned to defeat I bought that 55" Philips TV thinking I could live with the extra space around it in my wall as the ambilight would enhance the experience. Within five minutes I realised the error of my ways, and decided that for as good as the picture and ambilight was, I had not spent all that money building that wall to compromise in any way


    I boxed the TV back up and took it back to Argos. Except they wouldn't allow me to return it as apparently switching it on, even for only five minutes, means it's now used. :eek:

    I persisted and explained I'd just got it out, powered it up, realised it wasn't for me and had immediately boxed it back up again, but they weren't having it. I asked to speak to a manager who was willing to turn a blind eye to powering it up, but then wouldn't budge because I'd put the batteries in the remote. Really, Argos? I tried to fight my case and said "Surely you're going to put the batteries in the remote and power up the TV to test that I haven't broken it, right?" But they were not having it at all.

    Anyway, to cut a long story short. I took the batteries to work, used our heat sealing machine to seal them back up, went to a different Argos, told them I hadn't powered it up or put the batteries in at all, honest, guv, and got a full refund.

    Yesterday I received my new Sharp Acquos 60" TV which fits perfectly in my frame, has ARC and 5.1 passthrough and works brilliantly with Sonos. My only issue now is that the TV is about 8.7cm deep at its deepest point which means it sticks out a little too much, but a new hanging TV bracket coming this afternoon should sort that.

    As everyone has already said, the PlayBar and Sub Woofer are immense and even though I ended up having to buy a new TV, I'm glad I did because Netflix in 4K is stunning.

    Edited by HairyArse at 14:10:08 11-04-2019
  • Dougs 11 Apr 2019 13:49:45 89,122 posts
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    askew wrote:
    Man Maths™️
    Just can't beat it! Glad all is well though.

    Edited by Dougs at 13:50:24 11-04-2019
  • HairyArse 11 Apr 2019 13:54:55 1,254 posts
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    Me too.

    And Man Maths is fine by me. I'm not married and have no kids so can frivolously spunk away cash like there's no tomorrow. :D
  • askew 11 Apr 2019 14:07:09 19,077 posts
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    Anyway, to cut a long story short. I took the batteries to work, used our heat sealing machine to seal them back up, went to a different Argos, told them I hadn't powered it up or put the batteries at all, honest, guv, and got a full refund.
    Hah!
  • You-can-call-me-kal 11 Apr 2019 14:38:32 15,723 posts
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    Love a happy ending.
  • HairyArse 11 Apr 2019 14:40:25 1,254 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Love a happy ending.
    I made bloody hard work of it, though.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 11 Apr 2019 14:41:59 15,723 posts
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    My fault. Kept losing focus. Had to think about Lynda Carter in the end which never fails.
  • HairyArse 11 Apr 2019 14:55:24 1,254 posts
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    Well I suppose that's preferable to having to think about Christopher Reeve in order not to focus too much.
  • Fourwisemen 11 Apr 2019 16:22:15 811 posts
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    @HairyArse Good news and glad you feel as positive about the setup as I do.

    Updated pic?
  • HairyArse 11 Apr 2019 16:24:42 1,254 posts
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    I'll take a proper one tonight when I've fitted the new bracket.
  • HairyArse 12 Apr 2019 15:40:13 1,254 posts
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    For those of you that have connected your consoles to a PlayBar, can you give me any advice on what settings to use?

    Netflix through the TV app or Xbox one sounds perfect, but I tried a game of Apex Legends last night and the main sound effects sounded distant and too quiet in the mix.

    I can confirm that 5.1 is working properly. I ran a speaker test video on YouTube and everything is fine.

    Also, annoyingly, you can't disable the on-board speakers on my TV. I think I'm going to have to cut up an old pair of headphones and shove the headphone jack in the TV to artificially mute it.
  • Dougs 12 Apr 2019 15:42:35 89,122 posts
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    That's a rather weird design choice. No mute button (or does it leave an icon on the screen?) or ability to turn the volume all the way down?

    Edited by Dougs at 15:42:58 12-04-2019
  • HairyArse 12 Apr 2019 15:51:43 1,254 posts
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    I can mute it no problem but you can pair the PlayBar with the TV remote so you don't have to get your phone out and use the app to turn the volume up and down and so of course everytime you turn Sonos up, it also turns the TV speakers up. A lot of TVs allow you to disable the in-built speakers. My old one did.
  • Dougs 12 Apr 2019 15:59:50 89,122 posts
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    Ah, gotcha. I just make do with about a million remotes. It confuses the fuck out of my mother-in-law when she stays.
  • nickthegun 12 Apr 2019 16:04:56 77,799 posts
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    My Sony TV mutes itself when it's passing sound to the beam, seems weird that yours wouldn't since the whole point of the excercise is to replace the shitty internal speakers.

    Can’t speak for Apex but a couple of games I've played on the PS4 set themselves to stereo, which needs changing, and a few had voice really low in the mix and need bumping up in the settings.
  • nickthegun 12 Apr 2019 16:08:59 77,799 posts
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    Have you tried blocking the IR receiver on the TV?

    Thinking about it, the setup displays slightly different behaviour depending on which IR it hits.

    When I'm sat down the beam completely blocks the IR on the TV and when you change the volume, there's no feedback on the TV.

    When you're stood up, you can hit the receiver on the TV and the volume gauge appears, the mute symbol appears etc..
  • fontgeeksogood 12 Apr 2019 17:29:06 6,042 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Ah, gotcha. I just make do with about a million remotes. It confuses the fuck out of my mother-in-law when she stays.
    Do you untape the Megatron

    Edited by fontgeeksogood at 17:29:17 12-04-2019
  • HairyArse 12 Apr 2019 18:06:23 1,254 posts
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    Hmm. If I block the infra-red receiver then I won't be able to use the TV's built-in apps.

    I don't mind plugging something into the headphone jack, it just seems like a massive oversight at their end. Thought there might even have been a firmware update to fix this but no joy.
  • nickthegun 12 Apr 2019 18:33:13 77,799 posts
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    I meant to test, rather than never being able to turn your telly off.
  • Guff-Pipe 3 May 2019 17:33:20 569 posts
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    Im thinking of buying a Sonos Beam and using my Sonos Ones as surrounds. Does anyone happen to know if it's easy to "unpair" them from a 5.1 setup? I would like to use the one's just as music speakers most of the time, but as rears when watching films, but not sure how easy it will be to switch between the two?

    Edited by Guff-Pipe at 18:09:37 03-05-2019
  • Guff-Pipe 3 May 2019 17:33:20 569 posts
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  • AaronTurner 3 May 2019 17:57:45 10,931 posts
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    Weirdly I think you can only turn down the Ones and not the beam.
  • Fourwisemen 5 May 2019 11:45:45 811 posts
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    @Guff-Pipe

    Howdy pipe. Yep, really easy to unpair and re-establish as a 5.1 as and when required.

    The process on takes a minute or so.
  • Guff-Pipe 7 May 2019 10:42:05 569 posts
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    @Fourwisemen Cheers mate! Thanks for this! Just need to convice the wife now :)
  • HarryPalmer 7 May 2019 10:56:11 5,885 posts
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    Ok, so not a Sonos user, I have the Cambridge TV5, and generally very happy with it, Although the Beam appeals to me because of the upgrade paths.

    Anyone know how they compare?

    Also, while I'm here, one of my main gripes with the TV5 is that when using the Netflix app through TV, I have to switch from Optical to Aux, which makes the sound considerably worse. This appears to be a fault with the Panasonic Netflix smart tv app (using the PS4 version works fine).
  • Fourwisemen 13 May 2019 09:33:00 811 posts
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    Has anyone had the opportunity to listen and compare the Beam vs Playbar when paired with the Sub?

    I like the idea of the smaller form factor, and wouldn’t consider the change without the sub already in place, but have a feeling there may not be a huge difference.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 May 2019 13:30:57 15,723 posts
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    I suspect you're right, but might depend on the size of your room.

    I'm not even sure how necessary the sub is with the Playbar. That thing has more than enough bass on its own.
  • Fourwisemen 13 May 2019 22:04:51 811 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal

    Oh, I agree. Playbar without is a fine bit of kit, especially with a couple of 1s.

    I have it sat on its edge and have had to raise the TV (I think it projects the sound a bit better on its edge) and a more elegant solution would be preferred.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 May 2019 22:10:24 15,723 posts
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    I have my playbar wall mounted. It definitely sounds better that way up, you’re right.
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