Best answer by Stuart_WView original
Sound Bar stereo or surround
I'm thinking of purchasing a sonos sound bar and was curious about the sound input options available. My dvd player gives me the option to play stero sound or 5.1 sound. Does the sound bar work better with one or the other. Does it make a difference in the sound played by choosing one or the other. Does the sound bar simulate surround sound or do you have to buy more speakers to achieve that surround sound feeling?
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This is where the problems start as not all tvs output DD5.1 via optical lead. You need to check yours does to get true DD5.1 or you might regret not buying another soundbar.
There are other ways around it with optical splitters etc ,so dvd optical and tv optical can both go into 1 sonos playbay optical in.
Personally I found the Playbar sounded better (depending on the source) when fed 5.1 rather than stereo but obviously the biggest benefit will come with a Sub and surrounds.
Perfect. That's its preferred diet after all. 🙂