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So after after debating for an eternity i finally took the plunge and bought a playbase & 2 play ones to replace my existing Vizio 5.1 system this past weekend. I was really struggling to decide if it was worth the "upgrade", I think my friends over at the local Magnoia were begining to think I was never going to pay off with a tangible sale haha. I just couldnt get over the excessive and sloppy bass the Vizio puts out, it surely pissed off the gentleman that lives above me on more then one occasion haha. Now that I have run the Playbase and Play 1's through the paces the past few days, I am VERY impressed. This really is the perfect apartment sound system, the bass is clean without being overpowering and I can really crank the volume while keeping the sound contained to my space. The surround effect is superb after I tuned with trueplay, which surprised me a bit as the instore experience left much to be desired on this front (maybe they never tuned the system?). Also, my friend has a beautiful Klipsh RP atmos set-up which cost him well north of $5k, yes that system is better, but is it 10x better? Surprisingly my answer is no... The biggest difference is the verticality of the sound his system produces when playing an an atmos/dts x source and the house rattling bass his dual subs produce (which im honestly not a fan of). Maybe one day ill add a Play Sub when I ditch the apartment life but the system (to my ears) doesnt struggle or want for the extra bass in anyway whatsoever. I honestly still can't get over the nuanced controlled tightness of the bass the playbase produces, it really is top notch.

The only thing I wonder is how the Sonos system would sound if it actually accepted and processed all the latest HD & 3D sound codecs? Some Play 1's on angled speaker stands, tuned with trueplay, playing a Dolby Atmos movie to its potential would be something I would pay for. Do you guys think Sonos could/would ever integrate these codecs in the future with the release of a hometheater hub/connect type product?

I hope everyone enjoys my thoughts on this setup, cheers!
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HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974

Can this list be updated with any more and/or newer recommendations? Monoprice confirmed for me that the ARC version 7974 HDMI switch does not exist anymore. The Octava HD-41 Switch is ~$250. No thanks. I currently own the $40 Kinivo 510BN HDMI switch, and per other user comments, it does not support DD5.1 pass through. I bought an LG 60PB5600 plasma TV (one of the last plasmas made, I believe. I refuse to switch to LED), and I confirmed with LG that it also does not support DD5.1 pass through. I'm looking for other HDMI switch recommendations that are confirmed to work. Thanks!


If you find a switch that works well please let us know. I found this new one on Amazon, looks promising but the reviews are not very detailed.

https://www.amazon.com/FiveHome-Extractor-Splitter-Optical-Supports/dp/B076XV1LVS/ref=sr_1_4?m=A3LVDVG1JBPA0&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1512670503&sr=1-4


I'm happy to update that list as well with community recommendations.

I purchased a ViewHD Prosumer HDMI 3x1, Model: VHD-PRO3X1i w/ audio extraction for use with my new Play Bar. It works nicely with my equipment, X1 Infinity box, Sony BD Player and Sony TV. The Sonos App shows 5.1 with ARC (From TV) or while in standard extract mode. I use ARC so the Play Bar goes silent when I turn the TV off. If not it will keep playing since X1 Infinity box does not shut off. I set the output of the X1 box and BD Player to 5.1 mode.
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Can I use play 3 as a boost to my play bar rather than a surround sound speaker? I am having trouble hearing dialog from the sound bar even though it’s turned loud
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Yes just group the Play:3 with the Playbar in the Sonos App and the TV option will be heard on both devices.
Can I use play 3 as a boost to my play bar rather than a surround sound speaker? I am having trouble hearing dialog from the sound bar even though it’s turned loud
Does the Sony kdl50w805b is capable for Sonos surround? I can't find him back on the list
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I’m currently showing “Stereo” as the Audio In under “About My Sonos System.” I can upgrade my HDMI switch to hopefully allow for Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Before I do that, though, I’m curious... I’m currently getting sound out of my PLAYBASE, SUB, and two Play:1’s as rears. Excuse my ignorance, but what is the sound exactly? Just stereo, but pushed through the 5.1 setup? Will there be a noticeable difference in sound if I’m able to properly upgrade my HDMI switch with a Toslink output directly to my PLAYBASE and get Dolby Digital 5.1 working?

The PlayBase will create a pseudo 5.1 output when receiving a stereo input. A true DD 5.1 will be noticeably better, especially from your Sub.


Thanks!
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I’m currently showing “Stereo” as the Audio In under “About My Sonos System.” I can upgrade my HDMI switch to hopefully allow for Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Before I do that, though, I’m curious... I’m currently getting sound out of my PLAYBASE, SUB, and two Play:1’s as rears. Excuse my ignorance, but what is the sound exactly? Just stereo, but pushed through the 5.1 setup? Will there be a noticeable difference in sound if I’m able to properly upgrade my HDMI switch with a Toslink output directly to my PLAYBASE and get Dolby Digital 5.1 working?

The PlayBase will create a pseudo 5.1 output when receiving a stereo input. A true DD 5.1 will be noticeably better, especially from your Sub.
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I’m currently showing “Stereo” as the Audio In under “About My Sonos System.” I can upgrade my HDMI switch to hopefully allow for Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Before I do that, though, I’m curious... I’m currently getting sound out of my PLAYBASE, SUB, and two Play:1’s as rears. Excuse my ignorance, but what is the sound exactly? Just stereo, but pushed through the 5.1 setup? Will there be a noticeable difference in sound if I’m able to properly upgrade my HDMI switch with a Toslink output directly to my PLAYBASE and get Dolby Digital 5.1 working?
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I have just purchased a Samsung UE49MU8000 and can confirm that it passes Dolby 5.1 through to optical out via HDMI sources.
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HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974

Can this list be updated with any more and/or newer recommendations? Monoprice confirmed for me that the ARC version 7974 HDMI switch does not exist anymore. The Octava HD-41 Switch is ~$250. No thanks. I currently own the $40 Kinivo 510BN HDMI switch, and per other user comments, it does not support DD5.1 pass through. I bought an LG 60PB5600 plasma TV (one of the last plasmas made, I believe. I refuse to switch to LED), and I confirmed with LG that it also does not support DD5.1 pass through. I'm looking for other HDMI switch recommendations that are confirmed to work. Thanks!


If you find a switch that works well please let us know. I found this new one on Amazon, looks promising but the reviews are not very detailed.

https://www.amazon.com/FiveHome-Extractor-Splitter-Optical-Supports/dp/B076XV1LVS/ref=sr_1_4?m=A3LVDVG1JBPA0&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1512670503&sr=1-4


I have since found 3 on Amazon that have the Toslink output and apparently work with SONOS:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HM1RP6G/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A36PN40E750046 (outputs 5.1 for SONOS, per the Seller)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017MUWYLS/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A21E2GQRWA2Y0Y (works with SONOS, per the reviewers. One reviewer confirmed it passes 5.1 to SONOS).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJGAKCW/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2IX3RNQE846HA (works with SONOS per the reviewers, but no confirmation of DD5.1 pass through)
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Hi,

Very useful thread. My current Samsung TV does not pass 5.1 to my playbar via external source(i use Apple TV 4th gen).

I am in UK and planning to buy one of following Samsung model. Would you be able to confirm if any of these models will pass 5.1 via external source. Thanks

UE55MU7000TXXU
UE55MU6120KXXU
UE55MU6400UXXU
UE55MU6500UXXU


I assume the TV settings should be the same even though you're in the UK but I checked rtings.com for you and they show the MU6500 as passing through 5.1. I didn't check the others but here's a link you can use: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/samsung/mu6500
Does any one know if Philips 65PUS8102 can pass 5:1 to the soundbar?
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HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974

Can this list be updated with any more and/or newer recommendations? Monoprice confirmed for me that the ARC version 7974 HDMI switch does not exist anymore. The Octava HD-41 Switch is ~$250. No thanks. I currently own the $40 Kinivo 510BN HDMI switch, and per other user comments, it does not support DD5.1 pass through. I bought an LG 60PB5600 plasma TV (one of the last plasmas made, I believe. I refuse to switch to LED), and I confirmed with LG that it also does not support DD5.1 pass through. I'm looking for other HDMI switch recommendations that are confirmed to work. Thanks!


My Monoprice MD-415ARC works fine but has since disappeared from Amazon and the Monoprice website. There are some other Monoprice options like this one although it has a couple of extra features people may not be looking for:
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14529

There's also this one but there's limited inputs: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=24278
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I'm looking into getting a LG 65UJ7700 tv and a Sonos 5.1 (Soundbar, play 3x2 and sub) to upgrade our aging living room setup. We stream 90% of what we watch either through Chromecast or Netflix/Hulu/Amazon. So there won't be a BluRay or receiver in the new setup, just the tv, soundbar and Chromecast. Trying to keep the cleanest setup (no HDMI switcher) as possible for the less tech savvy wife. Anyone know firsthand if this tv's optical pass-through works without any snags?

Hi Rich, Did you manage to confirm this for the LG65UJ770? I am looking at getting the same one and want to know if it passes through 5.1 to Playbar. Thanks in advance, Stuart


According to rtings.com, yes it does pass through 5.1 via optical.
https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/uj7700
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HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974

Can this list be updated with any more and/or newer recommendations? Monoprice confirmed for me that the ARC version 7974 HDMI switch does not exist anymore. The Octava HD-41 Switch is ~$250. No thanks. I currently own the $40 Kinivo 510BN HDMI switch, and per other user comments, it does not support DD5.1 pass through. I bought an LG 60PB5600 plasma TV (one of the last plasmas made, I believe. I refuse to switch to LED), and I confirmed with LG that it also does not support DD5.1 pass through. I'm looking for other HDMI switch recommendations that are confirmed to work. Thanks!


If you find a switch that works well please let us know. I found this new one on Amazon, looks promising but the reviews are not very detailed.

https://www.amazon.com/FiveHome-Extractor-Splitter-Optical-Supports/dp/B076XV1LVS/ref=sr_1_4?m=A3LVDVG1JBPA0&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1512670503&sr=1-4


I'm happy to update that list as well with community recommendations.
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HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974

Can this list be updated with any more and/or newer recommendations? Monoprice confirmed for me that the ARC version 7974 HDMI switch does not exist anymore. The Octava HD-41 Switch is ~$250. No thanks. I currently own the $40 Kinivo 510BN HDMI switch, and per other user comments, it does not support DD5.1 pass through. I bought an LG 60PB5600 plasma TV (one of the last plasmas made, I believe. I refuse to switch to LED), and I confirmed with LG that it also does not support DD5.1 pass through. I'm looking for other HDMI switch recommendations that are confirmed to work. Thanks!


If you find a switch that works well please let us know. I found this new one on Amazon, looks promising but the reviews are not very detailed.

https://www.amazon.com/FiveHome-Extractor-Splitter-Optical-Supports/dp/B076XV1LVS/ref=sr_1_4?m=A3LVDVG1JBPA0&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1512670503&sr=1-4
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I'm looking into getting a LG 65UJ7700 tv and a Sonos 5.1 (Soundbar, play 3x2 and sub) to upgrade our aging living room setup. We stream 90% of what we watch either through Chromecast or Netflix/Hulu/Amazon. So there won't be a BluRay or receiver in the new setup, just the tv, soundbar and Chromecast. Trying to keep the cleanest setup (no HDMI switcher) as possible for the less tech savvy wife. Anyone know firsthand if this tv's optical pass-through works without any snags?

Hi Rich, Did you manage to confirm this for the LG65UJ770? I am looking at getting the same one and want to know if it passes through 5.1 to Playbar. Thanks in advance, Stuart
Are there people who have an ultrawide screen (21:9 ratio) which works with their system as a pass through for dolby? I've also tried to look for a solution for pc, but this seems impossible to find without input lag for some reason in 2017
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HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974

Can this list be updated with any more and/or newer recommendations? Monoprice confirmed for me that the ARC version 7974 HDMI switch does not exist anymore. The Octava HD-41 Switch is ~$250. No thanks. I currently own the $40 Kinivo 510BN HDMI switch, and per other user comments, it does not support DD5.1 pass through. I bought an LG 60PB5600 plasma TV (one of the last plasmas made, I believe. I refuse to switch to LED), and I confirmed with LG that it also does not support DD5.1 pass through. I'm looking for other HDMI switch recommendations that are confirmed to work. Thanks!
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I've just bought a Sony KD55XE9005 and can confirm it passes DD 5.1 through to playbar.

Perfect, thank you! 🙂
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I've just bought a Sony KD55XE9005 and can confirm it passes DD 5.1 through to playbar.
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Does anyone know if there will be issues with a 2017 Sony KD65XE9005?
https://www.sony.dk/electronics/support/televisions-projectors-lcd-tvs-android-/kd-65xe9005

I'm planning to purchase this TVs soon. I already own a SONOS PlayBar, two PLAY ONE, and AppleTV 4K.
Will I have any issues with the PlayBar passing Dolby 5.1 with this TV?
I can confirm that my LG 47LS5600 tv passes the 5.1 from HDMI to Optical to my Sonos Playbar.
I quote:

How do Sonos know that I am playing tv instead of music?


My presumption is that the TV setting has affect on the input from the optical input, the music setting is when it's getting a stream from something other than the optical input.
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Does my Philips 55POS9002 Oled tv support surround sound with playbase and a couple of Play1?

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