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Hi folks. Super helpful thread. I see that the UE55KS8000 is confirmed as compatible for dolby 5.1 but I don't see the 49" of the same series. Anyone using the UE49KS8000 with success on the dolby front? The two models appear to have identical specs from the samsung site but both note "dolby digital plus" and "DTS premium sound 5.1" which are the two formats noted as incompatible in the audio overview above (yet the 55KS8000 is confirmed here as all good). Greatly appreciate any input or knowledge from the community. Have been using sonos for music for many years and just now stepping into the home theater game with playbar, sub and 2 play 1's.
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SONY BRAVIA KDL50W755C

I just purchased this TV and can confirm that it passes DD5.1 from HDMI connected devices to the Playbar via the optical out. N.b. the TV should be set to use an external audio source in "Auto 1" mode.


Well, I though this TV was fine, but recently I have been having audio drop out issues. This issue seems to have gotten worse since I changed to the new Virgin V6 Tivo box. If I change the V6 box or the TV to output PCM, then there are no drop outs. Not sure if this is to do with the TV pass through capability, or the audio output on the new V6 Tivo boxes. I suppose I should try connecting the optical link directly between the V6 Tivo box and the Playbar to see if the TV is involved.
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Good Morning Everyone 

Can someone recommend Current TV’s around 49 to 55 inch for use with Sonos Play Bar / Sub / 2 x Play 1s which pass through Dolby Digital for use with SKY Q 

Looking for a bargain ha ha 

John Lewis currently offer 5 year guarantee and a £125 voucher off (next purchase) on the LG OLED55C9PLA (2019) UltraHD TV with Dolby Atmos (Supports PCM Dolby 2.0/5.1/DD+/TrueHD audio) that’s if you wish to future-proof the TV … it was originally £2,300 and is now down to £1499. It comes with built-in Netflix/Prime/Deezer/Spotify Apps, Freview Play HD Two Tuners and lots of other stuff besides. It has 4 x HDMI eARC port’s and allows audio pass-through… and will Support all the Dolby Audio formats.

The only issue is that the reflective speaker stand is low and it pays to raise the TV above the height of the PlayBar, which is easily done if wall mounting the TV, or if using it on a desktop/TV cabinet etc I recommend using a stand from Curry’s called the Sandstrom Tilt TV Base, which is ideal for all TV’s upto 60” and weighing upto 25kg … which far exceeds the LG C9.

I think Curry’s also offer this TV with interest free payments, but you don’t get the £125 voucher off your next purchase.

I have just purchased this TV myself and although it’s appears a bit expensive, it’s a real nice TV for the money… the 5 year guarantee also provides that extra peace of mind.

 

The picture on the OLED screen is stunning.

 

Here’s a YouTube video review of the C9 TV, I found for you to see it in action…

https://youtu.be/vkSOqbbuA28

 

edit: I forgot to mention that the TV also has built-in Alexa/Google voice assistants for (optionally) voice controlling both the TV and Sonos products .

I will just add that all the above is a personal opinion, based on my own experience with this TV and I’m not in anyway associated to the LG company

Right then 

i have got this tv after your recommendation and some research on the internet 

 

Its fabulous however i’m struggling with the surrounds / settings etc 

Can you assist me with some instructions on the settings please? 

i have just got my sky q to my tv via hdmi / play bar via optical to tv

hope you can help me 

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I just purchased this TV and can confirm that it passes DD5.1 from HDMI connected devices to the Playbar via the optical out. N.b. the TV should be set to use an external audio source in "Auto 1" mode.


Well, I though this TV was fine, but recently I have been having audio drop out issues. This issue seems to have gotten worse since I changed to the new Virgin V6 Tivo box. If I change the V6 box or the TV to output PCM, then there are no drop outs. Not sure if this is to do with the TV pass through capability, or the audio output on the new V6 Tivo boxes. I suppose I should try connecting the optical link directly between the V6 Tivo box and the Playbar to see if the TV is involved.


An update - there is no issue with audio from my PS4 (which is passed through the TV). So this looks like it could be a Virgin Media V6 Tivo box issue.

Bumph1,

Yes of course I will try to help. So...

  • What is the issue you are encountering with your playbar surrounds?
  • Are the surrounds 'bonded’ for TV DD 5.1 surround sound, or 'grouped’ for stereo music playback?
  • Are you running your system on your local WiFi, or SonosNet and if using your WiFi, is it a centrally based router, or a WiFi mesh system?
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Hi folks. Super helpful thread. I see that the UE55KS8000 is confirmed as compatible for dolby 5.1 but I don't see the 49" of the same series. Anyone using the UE49KS8000 with success on the dolby front? The two models appear to have identical specs from the samsung site but both note "dolby digital plus" and "DTS premium sound 5.1" which are the two formats noted as incompatible in the audio overview above (yet the 55KS8000 is confirmed here as all good). Greatly appreciate any input or knowledge from the community. Have been using sonos for music for many years and just now stepping into the home theater game with playbar, sub and 2 play 1's.

Hi Steve, if you haven't gotten your answer yet, this TV should be fine too. Any of the KS line of Samsung TVs can pass Dolby Digital 5.1.

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Moderatior Note: Let's keep troubleshooting and unrelated posts to a minimum here please. It's best to work some questions and discussions in other threads so the information and conversation here is easy to follow.
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Ryan - I don't suppose you know if the Smasung KU range has the same facility?

Thank you.
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Ryan - I don't suppose you know if the Smasung KU range has the same facility?

Thank you.


Yes, it from what I've seen, the Samsung KU line should be the same. This page has some good details too if you're looking for a specific TV.
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Thanks Ryan - I have been looking at that site but the model numbers don't always tie up with what's available in the UK. We seem to have a lot of KU6400's over here, but they don't appear on the list, for example.

I've got my eye on a Sony Bravia XD80** on Amazon, which does 5.1 pass through all ok - just waiting for the price to drop a bit.
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I'm interesting the playbar and sub, but I'm afraid that will respond to low frequencies. I'm disappointed if it does not work well.
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I'm interesting the playbar and sub, but I'm afraid that will respond to low frequencies. I'm disappointed if it does not work well.

You should be just fine. The SUB will play down to 25hz and can really shake a house. If you're interested or worried you can always test it out in your home and take advantage of our money back guarantee.
I'm considering a play bar. I have an older TV, Pioneer Kuro 111FD. It does have an optical input but not sure if it'll pass 5.1. ATM, I have a PS4 and direct TV box that I'd like to setup with play bar. Not sure the best way to achieve this but it looks like I'll need an optical switcher of some kind. If so, any particular recommendations? Thanks.
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Hi epp2378, looking at the page here, for what looks like the same TV, it says the optical output supports Dolby Digital. I've taken a look at the manual and from there it looks like you should be fine, but a forum post (not here) from 2009 mentioned that it doesn't pass Dolby Digital from sources other than the TV Tuner. If that happens, you'd get stereo which the PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE can mix to a simulated surround. I can't get confirmation that the TV only does over-the-air however, so it's worth a test.
Hi epp2378, looking at the page here, for what looks like the same TV, it says the optical output supports Dolby Digital. I've taken a look at the manual and from there it looks like you should be fine, but a forum post (not here) from 2009 mentioned that it doesn't pass Dolby Digital from sources other than the TV Tuner. If that happens, you'd get stereo which the PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE can mix to a simulated surround. I can't get confirmation that the TV only does over-the-air however, so it's worth a test.

Thanks. From looking at other forums(avs) this particular display will only pass DD from the internal tuner. That being said, in order to get my other components, PS4 and Direct Tv box I would need a HDMI switcher with optical? If so, which one would the community recommend?
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I just got a playbar and confirmed that Sony KD-49X8000C was able to passthrough DD5.1 from HDMI inputs/USB/online streaming.
It was easy to distinguish on the playbar the audio, on Settings/About this Sonos System/ there is an Audio IN, where you can check what is the type of audio currently used.
Thanks. From looking at other forums(avs) this particular display will only pass DD from the internal tuner. That being said, in order to get my other components, PS4 and Direct Tv box I would need a HDMI switcher with optical? If so, which one would the community recommend?

That would be the type of device you'd want to use, an HDMI to optical switcher, ideally with Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough. We don't have a specific one to recommend, but there are some suggestions here on the community. I've seen people using ones from several places and brands with great success.


Ryan S - I too have an older Pioneer Plasma TV and just bought a PLAYBAR, but it appears when signals are input from HDMI no analog or digital signals are output from digital out. So if I get a HDMI switcher with optical, will the PLAYBAR still be able to be operated using the TV remote?
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Hi Parmorales, the PLAYBAR gets the signal from the remote directly, using IR. As far as responding to the remote goes, it doesn't matter what your PLAYBAR is plugged into other than power.
Hi all

Some good news on the 2017 Panasonic 50EX700B TV!...a cracking 4k TV

"Thank you for your e-mail.

In response to your inquiry, I would like to explain that the unit will be able to pass through Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital signal in 5.1 via he optical cable. Please be advised however that it cannot pass trough a Dolby Digital HD type of signal.

In regards to the possibility of transcoding DTS to DD, I must state that the unit cannot achieve this. As far as the possible software updates go for this feature, we do not have any information in regards to them as yet. When a new software update will be available for the set, it will install in in the background, if connected to the internet.

I trust that the above information will be of assistance to you. However, of course, if you should have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to assist.

Kind Regards,
Lewis
Customer Service Team
Panasonic UK "

I'm still yet to test this of course!
Hi all

Some good news on the 2017 Panasonic 50EX700B TV!...a cracking 4k TV

"Thank you for your e-mail.

In response to your inquiry, I would like to explain that the unit will be able to pass through Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital signal in 5.1 via he optical cable. Please be advised however that it cannot pass trough a Dolby Digital HD type of signal.

In regards to the possibility of transcoding DTS to DD, I must state that the unit cannot achieve this. As far as the possible software updates go for this feature, we do not have any information in regards to them as yet. When a new software update will be available for the set, it will install in in the background, if connected to the internet.

I trust that the above information will be of assistance to you. However, of course, if you should have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to assist.

Kind Regards,
Lewis
Customer Service Team
Panasonic UK "

I'm still yet to test this of course!


Confirmed, this TV passes through a DD5.1 signal to the Playbar Toslink via the HDMI cable connecting an xbox one s to the TV.
Hi,

I have a Panasonic Plasma TV (2013). Model - TC-50PS64. I really want to setup my home theatre using the Sonos 5.1 system. However, based on my research so far I'm getting mixed signals on whether the optical cable from Panasonic send 5.1 or not.

I consume content from following sources:

1. Amazon Fire TV
2. Xfinity X1
3. Chromecast
4. Apple TV
5. Blu Ray player (rarely)

The TV only has 2 HDMI IN ports, so I'm looking to add a HDMI switch or Receiver. Is SONOS a feasible option for me without changing the TV. I really want to make this work. What would the setup look like?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Thanks Ryan. Quick search on Amazon gives me couple of options. Any particular switch that this community recommends. Something that has been tested and works.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXAJ5YI/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I30J6ETL0STL0Z&colid=1SSRBH85MSCJM
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWL36A2/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1YA33GEQZ5R3M&colid=1SSRBH85MSCJM


Hi,

I have a Panasonic Plasma TV (2013). Model - TC-50PS64. I really want to setup my home theatre using the Sonos 5.1 system. However, based on my research so far I'm getting mixed signals on whether the optical cable from Panasonic send 5.1 or not.

I consume content from following sources:

1. Amazon Fire TV
2. Xfinity X1
3. Chromecast
4. Apple TV
5. Blu Ray player (rarely)

The TV only has 2 HDMI IN ports, so I'm looking to add a HDMI switch or Receiver. Is SONOS a feasible option for me without changing the TV. I really want to make this work. What would the setup look like?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.


Hi Sashiraichand, since you have so many HDMI sources, you probably would want to use an HDMI switcher with an optical output. That way you can have everything plugged into that device, with the audio going out to Sonos and the video heading to the TV. In that configuration, it won't even matter if the TV can or can't pass Dolby over optical. Just make sure the switch you pick can.
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The second post above has these two:

HDMI Switcher recommendations from the community:
Octava HD-41
Monoprice ARC version 7974


I've seen the Monoprice one working great in the past, and I'm sure there are others recommended on the community as well that we haven't gotten added here. If you pick one, let us know how it goes and I can get it added to the list.
Thank you!!
As it turns out, my Turtle Beach X42 gaming headsets, which we use in our movie room because the movie room is an acoustical nightmare, can use a the same list of DTS-> Dolby transcoder 3D Blu Ray players. Also if you need a cheap 3D Blu Ray player that can either transcode DTS -> Dolby OR Dolby -> DTS, consider a Playstation 3. I already have one buty am looking for a second one. One time I found a Sanyo Blu ray player for $15 at Goodwill. If only there was a PS3 or Samsung 3D Blu Ray at Goodwill, we'd solve the poor DTS through our X42s. I got an email from Dolby Labs saying Sonos soundbar users are in the same boat, and referred me to this conversation. Samsung says all of their Blu Ray players from 2014 onward have DTS->Dolby conversion.

By the way, does anyone know anything that can do LPCM 5.1 -> Dolby 5.1 conversion for my Nintendo Wii U and MAYBE the Switch?
If you're an HD DVD hold-over, those discs are automatically converted from DTS-> Dobly if you use the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player. An Xbox 360 (any model) is required. Real oold ones don't have HDMI, real new ones gdon't have Toslink, but you can buy any Toslink extractor, and if encoded in Dolby, will pass Dobly 5.1 to the soundbar or my headsets in addition to a LPCM 2.0 together.

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