As I wait for my Sonos Arc to arrive, I’m thinking about all of this way too much. I think I’ve been cooped up at home too long and putting together my first Sonos system is giving me a new project to obsess over. ;-)
Question: For those Sonos veterans who have put together 5.1 systems for their Beam / Playbar, has the lack of DTS support been an issue for you? And, if so, how have you gotten around it? Have you ever run into a situation where you simply weren’t able to get any audio because of lack of DTS support?
Thanks in advance for any input!
Best answer by McMurdeR
Due you play a lot of blu ray disks? If so, the answer unfortunately is yes, as a lot of them, and even a small number of DVDs are have audio encoded in DTS format.
One key thing that almost everone ignores is that Sonos relies on the TV to pass the track over to the speaker. Precious few TVs can pass-through DTS, and if yours doesn't then its a moot point - you'll end up with stereo regardless of what the soundbar supports.
There are workarounds. Some blue ray players and consoles can transcode the tracks to Dolby on the fly - that's the easiest solution, athough I've found that the PS4 can only do it when using optical output.
I personally rip every disk I buy and transcode the DTS tracks to dolby. I've put the files on a plex server and the disks go in the attic - hard copy formats are slowly on the way out, like it or not. I never leave the couch as a bonus.
If you don't watch many blu rays its a non issue.