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Playbar no Dolby Digital Plus - pathetic. Any work around?

  • 16 October 2019
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This is terrible, surely there is some solution here?

TV is a Philips 65PUS7303/12 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV , and it's set up with a Sonos Playbar, Sonos Sub and x2 Play Ones.

I'm now in a situation where seemingly my TV is putting out better sound that the 2000 euro Sonos set up.

 

Will something like this work?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extractor-Support-TOSLINK-Optical-1-HDMI-4K/dp/B06XFZXTYW/ref=pd_sbs_504_3/257-5953424-6042842?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B06XFZXTYW&pd_rd_r=94e64acb-0e5e-44a6-b282-1bb153f122d5&pd_rd_w=HxgJp&pd_rd_wg=GjOmS&pf_rd_p=cc188cba-1892-42b3-956f-6c67d0ab7a00&pf_rd_r=586C298S0NJW05Y9J1JW&psc=1&refRID=586C298S0NJW05Y9J1JW

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Best answer by Ryan S 17 October 2019, 00:43

Hi N Oman, Dolby Digital Plus isn’t really supported via Optical connections, and your TV will even have the optical output disabled if audio format is set to Dolby Digital Plus. The Playbar can take a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal which sounds great and delivers full surround sound. From the  manual for the TV, it looks like if you go to Settings > All settings > Sound > Advanced > Digital out format and set it to Multichannel or Multichannel (bypass), you should get DD5.1 on your Playbar connected over the optical port, when that format is available.

 

You also may need to check on the settings for your various input devices that they’re set to send Dolby Digital sound too.

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Hi N Oman, Dolby Digital Plus isn’t really supported via Optical connections, and your TV will even have the optical output disabled if audio format is set to Dolby Digital Plus. The Playbar can take a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal which sounds great and delivers full surround sound. From the  manual for the TV, it looks like if you go to Settings > All settings > Sound > Advanced > Digital out format and set it to Multichannel or Multichannel (bypass), you should get DD5.1 on your Playbar connected over the optical port, when that format is available.

 

You also may need to check on the settings for your various input devices that they’re set to send Dolby Digital sound too.

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Sound is not only the format it’s being delivered in. Apart from the technical impossibilities set out above most TV’s do not sound better in DD+ compared to a Playbar in DD (non plus).

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Hi N Oman, Dolby Digital Plus isn’t really supported via Optical connections, and your TV will even have the optical output disabled if audio format is set to Dolby Digital Plus. The Playbar can take a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal which sounds great and delivers full surround sound. From the  manual for the TV, it looks like if you go to Settings > All settings > Sound > Advanced > Digital out format and set it to Multichannel or Multichannel (bypass), you should get DD5.1 on your Playbar connected over the optical port, when that format is available.

 

You also may need to check on the settings for your various input devices that they’re set to send Dolby Digital sound too.

Thank you Ryan , excellent and complete answer. I see multi channel and multi channel bypass, I'll try when I get home. 

Cheers

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