Home Theater and Television Recommendation Megathread



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I was able to get Dolby Digital 5.1 on a Beam from a Chromecast TV connected to an old Samsung TV (UE40D6510, dating back to 2011) by way of this EDID feeder:

kwmobile HDMI EDID manager feeder
http://amzn.eu/d/7niLIHT

Before I used the EDID feeder, the Beam was only recognizing the audio from the Chromecast as stereo (PCM).
By using the EDID manager set as 1080p/5.1, the audio from the Chromecast was finally recognized as DD 5.1.
The Beam is connected to the TV via HDMI ARC. The Chromecast is connected to the EDID feeder, which in turn is connected to the TV via HDMI. For testing, I played a movie (with DD 5.1 audio) from Google Play to the Chromecast. The same movie, when played from Youtube instead of Google Play, only gives stereo audio.

Hope this can help.
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I recently became the happy owner of a Sonos Beam and wanted to share with you a fine HDMI audio extractor that I use with it to acces the full 5.1 capabilities that I now have combined with my play 1’s.
My samsung tv is a bit older and only outputs stereo over optical. The extractor I use is by AGPTEK, model number HDSW0003M1. I bought it on Amazon Germany, it ran me about 32 euro’s. My LG blu-ray player and Apple TV are both hooked up to the HDMI inputs, the Beam is connected to the optical output of the extractor and the tv to the HDMI output of the extractor. The blu-ray player outputs exactly what I select on the disc, it doesn’t have any on the fly downmix or conversion capabilities. The Apple TV is set to automatic audio output, so I didn’t force Dolby digital 5.1 output in the settings. The extractor converts, as far as I was able to test, every Dolby surround variant (True HD, etc) except DTS. For that I will upgrade my blu-ray player in the future.
Everything works fine, very happy with it. It comes with a basic remote but also has buttons on the front if you want to keep it out of view, which I do because of the row of bright LED’s.
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Anyone use the Sony A8F OLED?
Does it pass through Dolby Digital for Sonos 5.1?
HDMI Switch Recommendation with UK availability.

Hi all, I've just bought the following HDMI switch and it looks like it will do the job of getting AC3 5.1 to the PlayBar from all sources consistently.

It's the snappily named 'FiveHome 3 In 1 Out HDMI Audio Extractor Splitter with Remote' and I got it from Amazon.co.uk (link below).

It's a 3 way switch with ARC, EDID overwrite and SPDIF out with auto channel switching. I'm running it with a Virgin Media Tivo V6 box and a PS4 Pro into a Panasonic TX40-CX680B TV.

I'm getting 4k @ 50Hz from the Tivo and 4k @ 60Hz from the PS4, DD 2.0 from the Tivo (haven't found a 5.1 broadcast yet) and DD5.1 from the PS4 and all the TV apps that will support it.

Automatic input switching seems to work well, if a little bit slow but it comes with a remote if necessary.

I've only had it a couple of days so it's too early to comment about reliability but functionally it seems to be all there. I've tried several of these over the last few months and they've all had various issues, but so far this seems to do the job.

I'll report back if there are any problems and if anyone has any questions, fire away!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B076XV1LVS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Does anyone know if the Samsung bd-j5500 supports dts to DD on the fly and compatible with the playbar?
Many thanks
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Hi,
Sonos user for a long time, I recently bought a Beam, and I'm looking for a cheap blu ray player capable to transcode "everything" to AC3.
i've seen the recommanded List but I'm looking for a second hand player, and I'll not have much choices, or budget (75€ max)



I looked at a "compatible" samsung player user guide, and saw that the wanted feature is the "Bitstream (Re-encoded Dolby Digital) " choice under audio settings.

Will all samsung player with this setting be fully compliant to transcode at least DTS and DTS-HD to AC3 to HDMI output (I'll use an HDMI audio extractor as my 2014 Samsung TV don't have 5.1 passthrough through HDMI) ?
Or the behaviour can depends on the model ?

If I have to buy a new one, I'll give a try to the BD-J5500. Any confirmation about is compatibility ?

Thanks


Can you find a Samsung BD-H6500 second hand as this player definitely converts bitstream on the fly once you amend some of the settings.?A cheaper option would be the Sony BDP S4100 which I also use as mine is DVD playback is region-free. The Samsung is the better player overall though out of the two in my opinion. The Sony's styling is also rather unusual....
No, the two systems are incompatible. Sonos only offers a 5.1 system with their own soundbars, the Beam, the PLAYBASE, or the PLAYBAR. They don't offer a solution that uses 6 separate speakers.
I have a new Yamaha Adventage receiver and am looking to go wireless with Sonos. Sonos appears to be the best in wireless music. However, my interest is home theatre. Am I able to connect Sonos home theatre or just piece speakers together like the One’s or the Beam with the sub to create an awesome and loud home theatre experience with my Yamaha receiver? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Hi,
Sonos user for a long time, I recently bought a Beam, and I'm looking for a cheap blu ray player capable to transcode "everything" to AC3.
i've seen the recommanded List but I'm looking for a second hand player, and I'll not have much choices, or budget (75€ max)



I looked at a "compatible" samsung player user guide, and saw that the wanted feature is the "Bitstream (Re-encoded Dolby Digital) " choice under audio settings.

Will all samsung player with this setting be fully compliant to transcode at least DTS and DTS-HD to AC3 to HDMI output (I'll use an HDMI audio extractor as my 2014 Samsung TV don't have 5.1 passthrough through HDMI) ?
Or the behaviour can depends on the model ?

If I have to buy a new one, I'll give a try to the BD-J5500. Any confirmation about is compatibility ?

Thanks
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Samsung Q6F Series QN65Q6FNAF. 65 Inch QLED. Hooked up to Sonos Playbar via TOS Link, with no issues. Able to get Dolby Digital 5.1 out from Direct TV 4600 Receiver. TV is great, and was using the TOS link splitter and HDMI splitter solution with 2 extra remotes. The Samsung comes with the Samsung One remote and I was able to use that remote to control the volume on the Sonos Play Bar. I followed the directions on the forum, but basically you hit HOME on the Samsung One remote, scroll left to SOURCE, then scroll right to UNIVERSAL REMOTE, select NEW DEVICE, enter SONOS in the search bar and then select Sonos. Coincidentally the Samsung One remote will also control my Direct TV receiver.

The Samsung One remote is pretty good. I've got it controlling xfinity, xbox, and a firetv as well as Sonos without issue. My only complaint would be the lack of a numeric keyboard and too few buttons overall. It takes some getting used to.
Samsung Q6F Series QN65Q6FNAF. 65 Inch QLED. Hooked up to Sonos Playbar via TOS Link, with no issues. Able to get Dolby Digital 5.1 out from Direct TV 4600 Receiver. TV is great, and was using the TOS link splitter and HDMI splitter solution with 2 extra remotes. The Samsung comes with the Samsung One remote and I was able to use that remote to control the volume on the Sonos Play Bar. I followed the directions on the forum, but basically you hit HOME on the Samsung One remote, scroll left to SOURCE, then scroll right to UNIVERSAL REMOTE, select NEW DEVICE, enter SONOS in the search bar and then select Sonos. Coincidentally the Samsung One remote will also control my Direct TV receiver.
Can anyone confirm if the latest 4k BluRay SONY UBP-X700 or UBP-X800B can covert DTS to Dolby 5.1 on the fly..?
Sony 2018 A8F. My Bravia OLED XBR65A8F passes DD 5.1 nicely to my Sonos surrounds. Running latest firmware with Dolby Vision capability. Sounds fantastic. No sync issues with 5.1 content. I am not using the TV's apps for content.

Optical from TV to Playbar with two Play 3s and a Sub. I can rattle the windows for sure.

Input devices to the TV via HDMI: 1) Roku Ultra with DD transcoding on (2016 model that has DD transcoding, New 2017 model does not!). Ethernet connection between Roku and internet source. 2) Samsung Blu Ray BD H6500 (DD transcoding turned on). Bought this years ago based on Sonos community forum posts. It has worked very well. HD content upscaling looking so fine, I don't know when I'll get around to buying a 4k BR.

Side note. I also run a Tablo TV OTA and play this through its Roku App via WiFi. Soon, Tablo is issuing a firmware update to support 5.1. We'll see how that goes. I really don't care about it though. Some current programs have a barely discernible audio lag with my Tablo-Wireless-Roku setup. Not enough affected content, or enough of a lag when it occurs, to bother me though.
I’ve just purchased A 55 inch Panasonic FZ802B and can safely say it passes through Dolby Digital 5.1 to my Playbar from both my Apple TV and Sky Q.

You can also turn the TV speakers off but it does pop up a message when you adjust the Playbar volume with the remote. I believe there are ways around this but I’ve yet to explore.

Hope this helps anyone looking for a new TV ?
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Would there be any issues with the following set-up.

Optoma Projector with HDMI ARC into Sonos Beam. Second HDMI port on projector into Sky box/Fire TV box. I have 2 Play1's for Surround. Any reasons why this wouldn't work just like a similar set-up on TV? Only difference would be HDMI cables would be slightly longer?

As long as the projector is passing audio to the Beam over HDMI-ARC it should be perfectly fine. Beam does have CEC commands for things like "Turn the TV off" which aren't likely to work on the projector unless it happens to support CEC (which is unlikely), but otherwise it should work exactly the same.
Would there be any issues with the following set-up.

Optoma Projector with HDMI ARC into Sonos Beam. Second HDMI port on projector into Sky box/Fire TV box. I have 2 Play1's for Surround. Any reasons why this wouldn't work just like a similar set-up on TV? Only difference would be HDMI cables would be slightly longer?
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Hi everyone, I've updated this thread to include Beam.
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Stupid question maybe - but. Do I need to consider the same 5.1 pass thru issues when selecting a TV to use with the new Beam Soundbar?

I think not, if you connect it via HDMI. If you connect via optical, yes


Correct. Over HDMI, Beam will handshake with the TV and request Dolby Digital 5.1. If the TV has Atmos or Dolby Digital Plus, it'll get converted automatically and passed right along.
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Stupid question maybe - but. Do I need to consider the same 5.1 pass thru issues when selecting a TV to use with the new Beam Soundbar?

I think not, if you connect it via HDMI. If you connect via optical, yes
Stupid question maybe - but. Do I need to consider the same 5.1 pass thru issues when selecting a TV to use with the new Beam Soundbar?
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New home theater Sonos product will be presented June 6!
Your source for this information?

Thank you
Neven



https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/5/3/17314980/sonos-2018-event-date-announced-new-playbar-playbase


Thanks, I am very much interested in what they announce.
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[quote=camillo777]New home theater Sonos product will be presented June 6!

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/5/3/17314980/sonos-2018-event-date-announced-new-playbar-playbase


If this is true it may bring DTS support to Sonos for those that have asking for it. But then again it may be too little too late for those that are now wanting Dolby Atmos :?
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New home theater Sonos product will be presented June 6!
Your source for this information?

Thank you
Neven



https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/5/3/17314980/sonos-2018-event-date-announced-new-playbar-playbase
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New home theater Sonos product will be presented June 6!
Your source for this information?

Thank you
Neven
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What can my future Sonos system do?
Hi all!
I am planing to purchase a Playbase and only one play 1. I will hook the Playbase to a Sony TV with 5.1 passthrough.

1. When watching TV (stereo signal), How do I group the speakers so the sound from TV also can be heard from Play 1? My goal is to hear the TV without cranking the volume up.
Thanks
Neven


You may want to hold out - a new Sonos soundbar will be announced next month


Next month? Is that true? If so, yay!
Neven

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