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So a friend finally told me 45% off on sonos, and I'm about to bite the bullet, then I saw this thread.



My equipment

Samsung UN65JU6700FXZA

Samsung playbar with wireless sub

Verizon fios



My plan was to use my two play 1's as rear speakers and use a playbar and sub and get rid of my current setup.



Now it seems like that would be a bad idea since there seems to be issues and no end in sight.



Thoughts?
Does the dropout issue still exist on the KS series of Samsung televisions?
I'm experiencing this on a UN55KU6300 as soon as I put Dolby Digital on as well, most fresh FW. The Connect with wired surrounds not getting much use. 😞
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Does the dropout issue still exist on the KS series of Samsung televisions?

I have a KS9000 and do not experience this issue.
Anyone notice an increase in dropouts with the release of Sonos 7.0 update? My JU6400 was working perfectly after I updated to the latest Samsung firmware, but after updating to Sonos 7.0 yesterday there was a huge increase on dropouts - they were happening every few minutes.
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Switch your TV and playbar off at the wall for five minutes.
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Just updated to 7.0 this morning. Will report back. However my JS7000 has been dropping like gangbusters ever since I got Sonos, so I'm not hopeful anyhing got fixed.
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Switch your TV and playbar off at the wall for five minutes.



i have a ks9000 and mine has started droping out like a mofo to the point playbar drops for about 3 seconds then comes back on. this is since last night when i done the update. Its starting to get me down.
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Anyone notice an increase in dropouts with the release of Sonos 7.0 update? My JU6400 was working perfectly after I updated to the latest Samsung firmware, but after updating to Sonos 7.0 yesterday there was a huge increase on dropouts - they were happening every few minutes.

I have a ks9000 and mine has starting droping out since i updated it yesterday to the point everything will stop for up to 3 seconds then it will come back on then might not happen again for a while. Its starting to get me down as i have tried everything and nothing helps.
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I have a KS9000 and do not experience this issue.

Revising this; I have now experienced this issue. During a 5-hour playback yesterday we noted a 1-second dropout. KS9000 running software rev.1142.
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Anyone notice an increase in dropouts with the release of Sonos 7.0 update? My JU6400 was working perfectly after I updated to the latest Samsung firmware, but after updating to Sonos 7.0 yesterday there was a huge increase on dropouts - they were happening every few minutes.

I have a ks9000 and mine has starting droping out since i updated it yesterday to the point everything will stop for up to 3 seconds then it will come back on then might not happen again for a while. Its starting to get me down as i have tried everything and nothing helps.




It'd be best to give us a call on our support line for this one. We're continuing to test the Samsung TVs to make sure there isn't an issue hitting all of them, but so far we haven't identified an issue that hasn't been unique to the home setup. There was a big issue that we found and helped Samsung fix, but there are many other things that can cause audio cutouts on Sonos regarding the handling of the audio, starting from a potential issue with the stream you're getting to the home, and then from that point to every component that touches it up until it plays at the PLAYBAR. A lot of factors get involved here, and any one of them could cause audio to cut out. We'll help you in every step of the way investigating the issue and helping to find where it's breaking down.
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I have a KS9000 and do not experience this issue.

Revising this; I have now experienced this issue. During a 5-hour playback yesterday we noted a 1-second dropout. KS9000 running software rev.1142.




Im on 1142 aswell and its not the telly, as i have tried direct from the sky Q box and it was still happening. Everything was fine till the update.
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I have a KS9000 and do not experience this issue.

Revising this; I have now experienced this issue. During a 5-hour playback yesterday we noted a 1-second dropout. KS9000 running software rev.1142.




Im on 1142 aswell and its not the telly, as i have tried direct from the sky Q box and it was still happening. Everything was fine till the update.




Oh, that's rich.



Sonos has been blaming this solely on Samsung (read through the thread), but c'mon man..... Do people with Vizio soundbars complain about dropouts? Oh, and what's that, Vizo can do DTS over optical? It's like the person they paid the least was the guy who had to design the input controller....
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It's like the person they paid the least was the guy who had to design the input controller....

I'm inclined to agree, this was not an issue with my Denon AVR. The number of consistent complaints indicates something about the Sonos input optics, circuitry or firmware or software isn't as robust to external imperfections as it could be.



I don't discount for a moment that Samsung's optical output might be flawed, but the lack of robustness to such is indicative of how young Sonos is to the home theatre market, compared to the likes of HK, Denon, Yamaha &c who are decades along the learning curve and whose kit doesn't flip out when the source isn't perfect.
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Right? Shouldn't there be some sort of error correction on the Sonos end that fudges it's way around a bad packet?
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Right? Shouldn't there be some sort of error correction on the Sonos end that fudges it's way around a bad packet?



They might be trying to do that, but Support people are stuck between a rock and a hard place, they can't announce such a thing until it exists, and you can't accept a problem publicly without inadvertently implying a specific definition of the problem, which until an engineer has definitively fixed it might very well be a wrong definition and/or unfixable until the next hardware revision. In no case do you want to be the Support Person Who Overpromised In Public, it is a severely career-limiting move.



So I understand why the Sonos support team take the it's-not-our-fault line, and in the meantime we can only hope there's actually an engineer inside Sonos working on making the Playbar more robust, rather than an engineer griping about customers being idiots / third party devices being imperfect and marking the ticket "Won't fix".



(Yes I am a cynical tech sector product development veteran)
I feel icy shivers running down my spine as I'm reading this thread. I've ordered Playbar several days ago and having a JS9000 myself I am realising that it was not the best idea. So is there any chance my setup will be free of these issues (Playbar+Sub+2 Play 1s, using Smart TV Plex app)? Can various switchers be of some assistance with them or do switchers solve another problem entirely?
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Tinpoo.... I'm so sorry man.



If you can run dedicated optical from something other than your TV, you should be fine. It's just the passthrough through the Samsung that problems arise. They're not THAT bad, but they're bad enough it will piss you off. Sometimes I go days without a dropout, but then they'll come in a swarm.



Unfortunately the way my house came prewired there's no practical solution to run an optical cable to a switcher. I'd have to bust open drywall to add cables. So I'm kinda stuck. Maybe I can convince the wife to spend $4000 on an LG OLED and move the Samsung to the bedroom. AHAHAHA. No.



Edit: I will say this, though, the playbar sounds incredible. Especially with the new software update. Just for playing music around the house Sonos is amazing. The "fake" surround effect from the playbar can sometimes be surprisingly good.
Tinpoo.... I'm so sorry man.



If you can run dedicated optical from something other than your TV, you should be fine. It's just the passthrough through the Samsung that problems arise


So if I connect PS4 to Playbar through optical should it eliminate these issues?
Like many others, FAR worse on the 1155 update from Samsung and 7.0 update on Playbar.
Finally my Playbar is here connected to JS9000. So here checklist on different issues

- 5.1 from ATV content - check

- 5.1 from Smart TV app - check

- 5.1 from PS4 - check

- sound issues (skips etc) - none detected

Haven't used any switch, Sonos-recommended install (via optical)

All in all a wonderful experience much better than I'd feared it would be at first. Maybe it is due to my JS being made for Russian market, maybe it is just me being lucky or maybe it's because I do not use Playbar with any players/receivers but it works flawlessly for me.


Sonos has been blaming this solely on Samsung (read through the thread), but c'mon man..... Do people with Vizio soundbars complain about dropouts? Oh, and what's that, Vizo can do DTS over optical? It's like the person they paid the least was the guy who had to design the input controller....




Yes indeed. Optical only is very outdated and Sonos just wants to keep milking the Playbar. This optical doesn't even do hi res.

The Playbar should have HDMI ARC in and multiple HDMI ports for devices.

How many returns have they gotten because of this since Samsung is a very popular tv brand?
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Anyone notice an increase in dropouts with the release of Sonos 7.0 update? My JU6400 was working perfectly after I updated to the latest Samsung firmware, but after updating to Sonos 7.0 yesterday there was a huge increase on dropouts - they were happening every few minutes.

I have a ks9000 and mine has starting droping out since i updated it yesterday to the point everything will stop for up to 3 seconds then it will come back on then might not happen again for a while. Its starting to get me down as i have tried everything and nothing helps.




It'd be best to give us a call on our support line for this one. We're continuing to test the Samsung TVs to make sure there isn't an issue hitting all of them, but so far we haven't identified an issue that hasn't been unique to the home setup. There was a big issue that we found and helped Samsung fix, but there are many other things that can cause audio cutouts on Sonos regarding the handling of the audio, starting from a potential issue with the stream you're getting to the home, and then from that point to every component that touches it up until it plays at the PLAYBAR. A lot of factors get involved here, and any one of them could cause audio to cut out. We'll help you in every step of the way investigating the issue and helping to find where it's breaking down.




I disagree entirely. It is the playbar. I get cutouts on live tv and from my Sky box - - either via the TV or via optical. I get NO cutouts from PVR, two blurays or streaming from the blurays.



There are too many devices that experience cutouts. It is definitely a problem with the playbar. That you say you are unable to replicate these smacks of head in the sand and now, shifting the blame from the likes of Samsung to the home setup is disingenuous in the extreme. A home setup problem would experience cutouts in all scenarios, not only in some. Live TV is the problem. There is something in the live TV data stream that is causing this. Programme information and switching info is what I see as the difference between live and recorded.
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There are too many devices that experience cutouts. It is definitely a problem with the playbar. That you say you are unable to replicate these smacks of head in the sand and now, shifting the blame from the likes of Samsung to the home setup is disingenuous in the extreme. A home setup problem would experience cutouts in all scenarios, not only in some. Live TV is the problem. There is something in the live TV data stream that is causing this. Programme information and switching info is what I see as the difference between live and recorded.



Not just live TV. We get the dropouts in video playing from the Samsung Netflix and Plex apps on the KS9000. Curiously, though, not from PS4 or Apple TV (i.e. from HDMI inputs) although we use them far less frequently. Whether that is a useful data point or simply a statistical aberration, I cannot say.



Hope they fill those open DSP lead jobs soon.
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Same here with a JU model. Dropouts are back in force across all devices.