Please add support for DTS for the Sonos Playbar.
A hifi homecinema soundbar without dts support seems not up to date for me. Are there any plans to add dts support?
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You call it "5.1 Home Theater true surround sound experience" - de facto it is a "bluff package"!
Hey, thanks for posting that link. At least now I know what brand to look for once I find a buyer for all my non-DTS-enabled junk. I don't care for politics - with the prices Sonos charges, I'm sure they could afford the measly DTS-license if only they weren't greedy bastards trying to scam their customers. You are entitled to a different opinion, of course.
I love the idea of buying a fancy multi-channel directional surround speaker (aka Playbar) for your home theater setup, and then suggest to downsample to stereo because the damn thing doesn't work otherwise. Buy a Ferrari, but be sure to have it speed limited to 50 km/h to ensure you never see it's full potential.
Below was my follow up message to Sonos support. Will this be result in any real answer to the issue ? I doubt it.
"Thank you for your standard response. The following reply is the one I would request is copied to your product development and management teams. Can you confirm that this will be done ?
I understand the process of product development as I have spent many years working within an international product development environment. There is always a balance between commercial return on investment, customer satisfaction and generating additional revenue (as well as the obvious technical challenges).
It is understandable that the Play 1 will generate additional revenue and will attract new customers to the Sonos brand, who were unable to afford the product previously.
It is also clear that introducing a new finish to the sub (Matt Black) will please a number of customers without generating high technical issues.
These products are being targeted also as part of a Home Cinema Solution offering true full 5.1 surround sound from any source connected to your TV. By now a high number of customers have purchased this promise, only to realise that the promise does not live up to expectations.
Sonos are to be applauded for their approach in providing customers with a feedback forum to share ideas, and to implement these where possible. However when a real issue arises such as the Playbar and sound formats, there should be a real factual response and a sense or urgency applied by Sonos. Otherwise it seems that the highest priority request from customers seems to be the lowest priority from Sonos.
All we get is the standard response, probably given to all Sonos support teams as a holding statement for customers, by the very department (marketing)who are busy attracting more future unhappy customers to the brand by creating false expectations"
No, DTS can pass through optical. Without HDMI only formats like DD-HD and DTS-HD are impossible. The reason why DTS is still not supported is open for speculation. Possible reasons are:
- a hardware issue they stumbled upon when trying to implement the DTS or
- a licensing issue caused by a) Sonos calculations if its really beneficial for them or b) the DTS company not selling them the lisence because they wanna release some kind of wireless streaming devices themself
I dont know...
Even a crappy 100 USD playwhatever supports DTS.
Damn, it's almost like a car you can't drive on highways.
It may be a good workaround but isn't it a shame that we need to discuss such things in the first place?
WAKE UP SONOS! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
IT'S GETTING DISGUSTING