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Hi All, I recently purchased a Sonos Beam to compliment my TV(TLC 635) in the living room. The sound/music sounds great when connected via HDMI Arc.My friend lend me a Bose smart 300 bar for comparison and the sounds/music is much richer on Sonos as well when hooked up to the TV.However, when I switched both to wireless playback without the direct hook up we heard muffled quality from Sonos(deep bass/treb,voice not clear/crisp) vs distinct clear quality coming from BOSE. Using Youtube/Amazon Music as bench mark.I tried reset the sound bar or change the tuning and the equalizer but still BOSE came out much better. I’m wondering is there a way to make the wireless playback sound more clearer? Thanks,-Kevin
Debating between two possible positions for One SL Surrounds. Sketch inside, any advice appreciated!
Hi all,My room layout has a couple different options as far as wall mounting surrounds go, and I'm having trouble deciding between them.I'm thinking option "A" (shown as green boxes in the sketch) would be better when considering music playback, as it would be better for distributing sound through the entire floor, versus being focused on the couch/seating area.Option "B" (shown as blue boxes) would likely be the better option for pure home theater/couch sound quality, although (from what I understand), the speakers would ideally be further forward and to the sides (as in option "A").My main concern with Option "A" is the extra 7' or so of distance between the couch center and the right surround, but the depth of the surround speakers seems more ideal. The space around the right surround for option "B" is a high-traffic area (not ideal to have a speaker jutting out there), so I need to factor that in as well.Any feedback from actual audio experts and/or people who have experience with
I just recently purchased a Sonos Arc for my 2017 LG B7 OLED, which is Atmos and ARC compatible. I have a brand new Chromecast with Google TV and an XBOX One X (both Atmost compatible) hooked up to the TV, then running audio to the Sonos Arc via the HDMI ARC out (not eARC). All devices and TV set to bitstream/non-PCM. When I use my LG TV’s internal streaming apps, audio/video sync is perfect, including Atmos content on Netflix, Vudu etc. Verified via Sonos app that it is receiving full Atmos signal. When I try to listen to Dolby content coming from my external devices, the audio is noticeably behind the video.Dolby Atmos content from the Chromecast or Xbox works but there is significant delay to the point of unwatchability Non-Atmos Dolby 5.1 content from Chromecast or Xbox is a little bit delayed… noticeable if you’re looking for it. PCM audio from Chromecast or Xbox has no sync issues. I’ve messed with all the various audio settings in my TV to make sure any sort of additional proces
I have the LG CX77 and a Sonos arc connetec. I have Chromecast on HDMI 1. When I watch a movie on Netflix using Chromecast - I get great sound through the arc (surround). But when watching am movie using the built in Netflix App or watching cable - I dont get good sound. Is there a way to configure the sound to be better / consistent with my Chromecast expereince?
My Apple TV 4K plays Netflix and Prime in Dolby Digital Plus, Fire Stick 4K plays Netflix in Dolby Digital plus but plays Prime in Atmos, Sony Android TV plays both Netflix and Prime in Dolby but no sound leveling on Sony, and Roku Ultra Plays Netflix in Dolby Digital Plus, Prime in Atmos and the Apple TV+ plays in Atmos. Wow, such a swing.
So I just managed to get a Vizio OLED at a really, really, really good price. I've been using my Playbar for three, three and a half years now with no issue. I have the TV set to optical, surround sound settings turned on, the bar's programmed to the remote, optical cable is fully plugged in on both ends, and yet I have zero sound out of the Playbar. Am I stupid and missing something, or what? Edit: I turned off dialogue enhancer in the TV menu and now I have sound. Go figure.
Hi allNot an expert on any of this so please go easy.I bought a new LG CX, which is outputting to my beam via hdmi. I also have a pair of Play 1s as rears, and sub. Everything works great from the internal TV apps and via Sky Q This issue I have is with my PC, which is connected to the TV via hdmi. I'm trying to get it to output Dolby 5.1 but because it knows it's connected to a TV it won't. I don't think there's a way around for this without messing about with new sound card/optical cables or connecting straight to the beam from the PC - unless anyone knows different?However, the PC can output atmos (I've installed the codec) and as the CX can down-convert that to Dolby digital for the beam (as I understand it) I figured I could do that. When I try, the Sonos app reports that it's receiving a Dolby 5.1 signal, but I still get nothing from the rear speakers. What am I missing?Any help appreciated. Spent a fortune on the PC and it's annoying only to get stereo out of it.. CheersJoe
So I’ve been having weird audio sync issues when using LPCM through Apple TV via my LG C9. The strange part is it’s only happening in some content. The movie Taken on iTunes is really bad however the movie Chef on iTunes is fine (both 1080p 5.1). The Muse Simulation Theory concert is also fine (4K 5.1). The movie sound city on Amazon Prime is absolutely atrocious. All these problems are rectified if set the Apple TV to output DD5.1 but then I lose atmos. the delay is inconsistent, some times small (Taken) some times massive (Sound City). it’s very strange. Anyone else having this kind of problem?
Hello.This problem has happened twice now where when I turn off night mode and either watch TV or listen to music, the Sonos one and Sonos SL surround speakers won't make any noise at all.They're on and recognised in the app, but no sound is produced, to fix the issue I have to disconnect them and re-add then to the system.Anyone else experiencing this??Is is a bug in the latest update?Very irritating. Cheers.Lewis.
Hi All. I have a Sonos Arc that im looking at wall mounting below my TV. I have a slim bracket on my TV, of which the tv sits only 6” from the wall. My question is anyone who has mounted there ARC with the bracket find any decrease with the sound quality/level. I heard there are sensors in the mount that make the bar change EQ.. is this for the best or not? Thanks
Hi all,I just can't seem to get a 5.1 signal into my sonos :(Can someone please help me why this isn't working?The whole reason to upgrade to a new sonos amp was the surround mode :)…I hope someone can help me.Thanks in advance, Paul Tv connected and recognizes the Sonos as a Home cinema.manual settings Mi Box S. When I use auto → I get the PCM 2.0 Stereo signal in the Sonos AMP ( in about my system)When i select manual the Netflix apps does send a 5.1 signal but sonos keeps saying 2.0 silence. When selected auto audio Netflix sends this to my system (and sounds works, but not 5,1 I think :(
Situation: My playbase is not playing any audio from the TV. My TV is a Vizio P Series. Playbase will play audio direct from Spotify, for instance, when I select this media source in the app. It is apparently not detecting anything over the optical audio cable. I have Roke Premeire connected to Vizio TV via HDMI, and optical audio from TV to Playbase. I have power cycled everything in the chain, no affect. Sonos app stays on the Spotify test track and doesn’t auto-detect optical audio. Roku is set for Dolby Digital. Vizio TV is also set for Dolby Digital for the Digital Output and Analog Output is Fixed. TV speakers are “off”. I have unplugged the optical cable from the playbase and verified a red light, then re-seated it. Nothing is working. There seems to be no customer service anymore at Sonos (I have another question I emailed weeks ago and no response) so I’m grasping at straws, here. The app doesn’t seem to have a way to verify Optical Audio coming in (I had thought
I have a 5.2 setup, with the two subwoofers at the front along with the Playbase. They must remain in that location for aesthetics. The surrounds are behind the sofa along the backside of the kitchen counter.I’ve attached a photo, but is there anything I can do regarding the placement of the surrounds, or more importantly the Trueplay tuning. The green is the path I took to tune it. The orange is the locales of the Sono’s system. I didn’t know if I should go into the full kitchen while tuning, or just keep it in the watching area.Also, as you can imagine, sitting at the sofa corner(s) is very loud for surrounds. Perhaps they need to be put into negative numbers? ideally they’d go to the L/R of the sofa, but that’s not really possible.
This is a long read - if you’re impatient or don’t have time to read this, just read the title again, and there’s your Cliff’s Notes. I’ve owned the complete Sonos Playbar 5.1 HT for at least 5 years now. I found limitations quickly: no DTS, no HDMI, no expansion beyond 5.1, less-than-great stereo music performance (to my ears).I also was not a fan of one particular Sonos app update that forced everyone to enter an email address to continue using the system.I figured out a way around the account problem without giving up any personal info, I dealt with the DTS problem by ignoring it, I lived with the optical limitation, and I stopped worrying about using the HT for music - I decided to put together a really great analog system for my very large music collection. Many, many people joined my concerns about the Playbar HT. To all of us, Sonos appeared to be limiting itself to apartment-dwellers who stream everything, and us home theater enthusiasts who wanted to hear the sound coming off
Problem: No surround or sub volume, speakers “not found” when adding to surround setup with Arc.Setup: Sonos Arc, Sub (gen 2) and Sonos One SL’s for 5.1 surround.Symptoms: Despite working for a day or two, we noticed there was no sound coming from surrounds nor the sub. Trueplay was saying speakers were missing and something about making sure they are powered on and in range. In another screen (I should have screenshot it, sorry!) I had a warning about there being a wifi repeater that some speakers were linked to but the app didn’t specify which and it wasn’t clear if that was having any effect. All the speakers were working when removed from the surround setup and used to play music so I knew it was a surround issue, not a connection issue.I removed the speakers from the setup one at a time but when I went to add the speakers back into the surround setup in the app it said they couldn’t be found even though they were clearly listed in the app independently and could play music indepe
I upgraded from the Beam to the Arc but the dialogue vs action on the Arc is abysmal. I tried turning loudness off, turned speech enhancement on, tried night setting, nothing helped. Now I sit with my remote control in my hand adjusting volume scene by scene.Has anyone found a solution to this problem? I don’t own any Apple products so Trueplay is not an option (nor should I need a 3rd party solution).Please help!
Hello, I’ve purchased a Sonos Beam and of course because I know little about electronics, I’ve realized that my old but dependable Westinghouse LVM-42w2 TV lacks the input/output I need to make it the two work together. The Beam’s optical adapter does not match any of the ports. I’ve read about converters, but I have no idea if any of them would make the two work together or not. If not, this is not a big deal, I just need to upgrade my TV. Any ideas would be appreciated, happy to provide more info if needed. Thank you!
Anyone know which streaming box is best with a sonos Beam. One that can decode everything down to Dolby Digital 5.1 as my TV can only pass through signals. I have a fire stick that can do it, but is getting old and l would like something better like a apple tv box or nvidia shield. Anyone got good suggestions?
Hi folks, Recently upgraded my Play 5 Gen 1 for a Sonos Beam. Fairly happy with it though music playback was probably better on the speaker. Anyway my question is regarding TV audio input. I am only using the beam for my TV audio (ie no extra surround speakers). Would I get any benefit from using Dolby 5.1 source from my TV ARC output or am I better sticking to PCM stereo? I have read a lot of conflicting things online. It seems there are less issues with dialogue sync using PCM but Dolby 5.1 is better "quality" - however I am not sure if this makes any difference if I am only using the beam on its own. Thanks in advance if anyone knowledgeable can help!
My ARC’s Alexa mic seems extraordinarily weak compared to my Sonos Move. It makes sense, considering the Move’s microphone array. But it presents a problem when giving commands to my ARC, as my Move will pick up the commands 20 feet away (while my ARC is 8 feet in front of me).The truth is, I live in a townhome. And while my kitchen and living room are separate rooms, they’re not far apart. The discrepancy between the sensitivity of the two devices’ microphones is what is causing this issue.Can anyone offer any insight into this problem? Or a solution?
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