I have a Samsung TV which is about 7 years old (Samsung ue32eh5300w). It has 3 HDMI ports, but there is no ARC text printed near these HDMI ports.
I thought I just try to connect to one of the HDMI ports and see what happens.
Well, I get the TV sound through the Beam (and the One) speaker and I am able to adjust volume with the remote control.
Does this mean that I do have HDMI with ARC on my TV, even when the specs are not clear about this and it is not printed on the housing?
On my TV I have connected the Motorola TV decoder (through HDMI) and an older DVD player (still with scart).
The DVD player probably will not play 5,1 Surround, but as my Provider told me, the decoder should be able to, like also my Netflix account.
I must admin, I have to do some tests and maybe this question is more about the TV than about the Sonos system, but in the TV settings, I can only find surround settings within the optical connection, not the HDMI?
Is it possible that 5.1 surround can only be used with the optical connection and not the HDMI or is this very unlikely?
Best answer by Airgetlam
Yes, if you're getting sound without connecting an optical connector and the adapter, then that TV has HDMI-ARC, although most likely one port.
No idea about SCART, it's not something I ever dealt with, but I'd try connecting that DVD player via HDMI instead. Make sure you go in to all of those device's audio settings and set them to Dolby Digital. Some DVD's default to DTS, which will not be interpreted by the Sonos system, you may need to go into that disc's setup and choose the Dolby Digital soundtrack.
HDMI comes in multiple versions (1.1 to 2.1 if memory serves) but I'm pretty sure that all support Dolby Digital.
It's unlikely that if it has HDMI-ARC that it will only be with the optical connection, and not the HDMI-ARC, but you can double check in the controller app what signal the Beam is getting by going in to the settings area, and then selecting "About My Sonos System", and look what the line under the Beam says by "Audio In". That tells you what signal is being received by the Beam, either Dolby Digital 5.1, or Stereo (PCM).