I just bought a Sonos Beam and 2 Play 1s for surround. I have the Beam connected through my HDMI ARC port and know my TV passes through Dolby Digital signals. During any movie action scenes that are for example any Marvel movie the background music comes in clear but the talking or punches, gun fire, really action sound seem to get pushed to the background and don't come in that loud. The movies can be 5.1 or not 5.1. I tried messing with the surround balance also with the Treble and Bass which are only set 10% higher than the default settings. Even with the Voice enhancement enabled it doesn't improve much. I have a Nvidia Shield and running a Plex but also tried in Google Play Movies app and the HBO Now app. Am I missing something on the setup? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Other than movies the setup has been great!
Best answer by Boomski1730 July 2019, 04:42
So after a few days of research my Nvidia Shield only passes through Dolby Digital signals but won't decode it to 5.1 Dolby Digital. Youtube TV doesn't have 5.1 so that doesn't matter but word is its coming soon. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will not work with 5.1 Dolby Digital on the Shield. There is a work around to force Plex to decode my movies to 5.1 Dolby Digital. My Shield works as my Plex server so with that work around it uses the Shield to decode. That is the ONLY app that will work. I was looking at possibly another streaming box but even the Roku's only pass through. The only streaming hardware that I know will decode everything to 5.1 Dolby Digital are PlayStation 4 and Apple TV. Frustrating for Shield owners since its such a great streaming box. I just can't myself to switch to another streaming device. I really really hope one day that Sonos changes their stance and support other Dolby formats.
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