Home Theater and Television Recommendation Megathread



Show first post

248 replies

Badge
Got a lot of use out of the community forums over the weekend, so thought I'd pay it forward.

My problem was with a Vizio e600i-b3 TV. The short version is it turned out the the optical port on the TV is broken so I started figuring out workarounds because I loved the PLAYBASE and didn't want to ditch it. All I use is Roku for streaming and a BD player.

Based on the recommendations here I narrowed my search for an HDMI switch down to HD View and Monoprice. Ordered the View HD Pro 3x1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MSAU8XO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Also ordered the Monoprice Blackbird 4K 4x1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GCGKLNQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Waiting on the Monoprice to arrive so I can compare and decide which one to keep.

As for the View HD, I ran the Roku and BD player into inputs 1 and 2 and connected it into the ARC HDMI on the TV. Optical out ran to the playbase. So far, pretty pleased with how it's working. There appears to me to at least be a noticeable difference between 'Auto' '2.1' and '5.1' as the audio settings on the switch so I'm happy with the results on that. My Roku is set to output to Dolby Digital so I shouldn't have to toggle the setting very much, if at all, and the end sound is what I was expecting. I toggled the settings on the BD player and it seems to be outputting well also. I don't really have much use for it so I'm not too concerned how that sounds since most of my watching is streaming.

The ARC is functioning properly because I can see on the TV now that the volume display says 'External Audio' when the volume buttons are pushed. Before, that wasn't there so I'm glad to have some confirmation that the setup is working as intended.

One note I found odd, but may be normal, is that while testing things out I was toggling between the audio output options and when swtiching the audio (not the HDMI inputs), it would interrupt the visual output for a few seconds, go black and then green and then restore the screen. Shouldn't affect me very much since I'm just going to leave it set to 5.1 and not bother with switching it.

So, long story short, 2014-15ish Vizio plays nice with the View HD. In a week or so I should have the Monoprice Blackbird in and I'll update then with whether and how it works for those interested.



How does the remote work? I had a monoprice box and the remote was awful - as in I had to be 5 inches from it to work.
Does the box turn on and off with the tv?

Thanks,
Hi mark, I have a Samsung qled and Dolby digital is available via optical cable on this with good sound via Sonos playbar. Adam.


Hi,

I currently have two Sonos 1s which will end up being our surround speakers. My wife and I are looking to replace our plasma TV and buy a Play Base at the same time.

I am registered blind with a very small amount of sight but my wife is sighted so the new TV picture will primarily benefit her.

However, so I can use the TV independently we are looking to get a Samsung as they have won an award from the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) for accessible TVs. Basically there is a setting we could switch on that converts text to speech out of the TV so I can navigate round the menus etc as I can’t see them (and then I won’t have to bother my wife to read them!)

We are thinking of getting one of the QLED TVs and the specs say that the audio out is Dolby Digital Plus.

I read on one of the community articles that Dolby Digital Plus isn’t supported. However, I have read online that, even if an optical out supports Dolby Digital Plus, it provides a core Dolby Digital 5.1 as well which would work on the Play Base.

I will check the manual before buying to make sure the optical passes through Dolby Digital. Can someone confirm my assumption as above that the QLED TVs will provide a Dolby Digital 5.1 out the optical connection? I have seen the lower priced Samsung models on the list which support this so hopefully the QLEDs do as well.

Thanks for your help.
Badge +1
Sorry all for extending this thread.

Is the Samsung UE49MU7000 compatible with a Playbase?

I had a "live chat" to Samsung who have confusingly told me that the TV Optical Output is Dolby Digital Plus only, but separately in the same conversation that it is "normal" sound whatever that might be! They also tell me the Optical Output plays ".m4a, .mpa, .aac, .flac, .ogg, .wma, .wav, .mid, .midi, .ape, .aif, .aiff, m4a". I think either they, or me are missing the point; it could be me!

I have also had a Live Chat with Sonos, who say if it is Dolby Digital Plus, the Playbase would be silent, so useless. I have also spoken to another Sonos specialist who have told me the Playbase would deal with the Dolby Digital Plus signal and interpret it as best it could, so the Playbase would still work.

Which is it?

If that TV is not compatible with a Playbase, is there a work around? Which comparable (size, cost, quality) TVs would be compatible?

Thank you in advance for helping out this confused newbie!
Badge +1
Sorry all for extending this thread.

Is the Samsung UE49MU7000 compatible with a Playbase?

I had a "live chat" to Samsung who have confusingly told me that the TV Optical Output is Dolby Digital Plus only, but separately in the same conversation that it is "normal" sound whatever that might be! They also tell me the Optical Output plays ".m4a, .mpa, .aac, .flac, .ogg, .wma, .wav, .mid, .midi, .ape, .aif, .aiff, m4a". I think either they, or me are missing the point; it could be me!

I have also had a Live Chat with Sonos, who say if it is Dolby Digital Plus, the Playbase would be silent, so useless. I have also spoken to another Sonos specialist who have told me the Playbase would deal with the Dolby Digital Plus signal and interpret it as best it could, so the Playbase would still work.

Which is it?

If that TV is not compatible with a Playbase, is there a work around? Which comparable (size, cost, quality) TVs would be compatible?

Thank you in advance for helping out this confused newbie!


To answer my own question, it seems to work absolutely fine. Not sure exactly what format is being output, but it sounds great!

FWIW ..,

In regards to the LG C9 TV, I also recommend using the rtings suggested ‘calibration’ settings for best picture for home use ... 

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/c9-oled/settings

Badge +1
Sorry all for extending this thread.

Is the Samsung UE49MU7000 compatible with a Playbase?

I had a "live chat" to Samsung who have confusingly told me that the TV Optical Output is Dolby Digital Plus only, but separately in the same conversation that it is "normal" sound whatever that might be! They also tell me the Optical Output plays ".m4a, .mpa, .aac, .flac, .ogg, .wma, .wav, .mid, .midi, .ape, .aif, .aiff, m4a". I think either they, or me are missing the point; it could be me!

I have also had a Live Chat with Sonos, who say if it is Dolby Digital Plus, the Playbase would be silent, so useless. I have also spoken to another Sonos specialist who have told me the Playbase would deal with the Dolby Digital Plus signal and interpret it as best it could, so the Playbase would still work.

Which is it?

If that TV is not compatible with a Playbase, is there a work around? Which comparable (size, cost, quality) TVs would be compatible?

Thank you in advance for helping out this confused newbie!


To answer my own question, it seems to work absolutely fine. Not sure exactly what format is being output, but it sounds great!


That TV will work for sure - go into the Samsung settings and select PCM - Dolby Digital - as above, use the Sonos phone app to check (it should say Dolby Digital 5.1" for the sound input if it's working correctly. I'm got another Samsung model (but from the same year but higher end model) and it works fine and I know pretty much any Samsung TV manufactured from 2016 onwards will work fine.


Thanks!
Userlevel 3
Badge +7
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
Userlevel 5
Badge +12
New home theater Sonos product will be presented June 6!
Userlevel 4
Badge +5
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
Userlevel 3
Badge +7
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


Hi Neven, you can use the Sonos app to group two players together as a temporary group any time. This will play the same audio in both rooms. On the app, just press the "Rooms" button on the tab and select the grouping button to set up a group.

Also, if you press and hold on the Play/Pause button on a speaker, it'll automatically group and start playing with the most recently active player. So if you start playing to the Playbase, and press and hold on the button on the Play:1, it'll group and play.

Thank you, I love the simplicity of it.

Neven
Userlevel 3
Badge +7
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
Userlevel 3
Badge +7
New home theater Sonos product will be presented June 6!
Your source for this information?

Thank you
Neven
Userlevel 5
Badge +12
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
Userlevel 7
[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 :?
Userlevel 3
Badge +7
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.
Neven
Badge
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?
Userlevel 1
Badge +6
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
Userlevel 7
Badge +26
Hi everyone, I've updated this thread to include Beam.
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?
Userlevel 7
Badge +26
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.
Userlevel 2
Badge +5
Good afternoon
I currently have a newer model Sony bluray player and it doesn't convert DTS to Dolby digital, I have to change the sound output to PCM everytime to get sound in stereo mode in Beam and play 1s which is not ideal.
I am looking to purchase a 4k Bluray player and wanted to ask is buying a Samsung UHD bluray player the one and only option to convert then ??
Thanks
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 ?
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.
Can anyone confirm if the latest 4k BluRay SONY UBP-X700 or UBP-X800B can covert DTS to Dolby 5.1 on the fly..?
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.

Reply