I bought a Playbar and hooked it up to my TV and realized when i checked the settings in the Sonos App it says Stereo. I do not plan on getting any other Sonos products for the TV. I have a TV that will not output 5.1. So here is my dilemma and I would be sincerely appreciative if someone could answer this for me!
My set-up is very simple I have a ps4 and a directv box. Both have optical cable connections in the back. When i directly connect the play bar to either source it says I am getting Dolby Digital 5.1. However when I connect my playbar just to the TV using an optical cable it says stereo.
So my question is there really a difference in sound quality ? I see people using optical/hdmi splitters to get 5.1 sound but if I do not plan on getting any other speakers and just plan on using the Playbar will it make a difference in sound quality thru the ps4/directv in stereo vs 5.1 ?
Best answer by AtterKingView original
If you're not planning to introduce any rears and/or a Sub then I'd suggest giving both methods a try. See if you can notice any difference. Should you think there's any benefit in having a 5.1 signal direct to the PlayBar, you can always buy a cheap Toslink switch.
Now, as for noticing a difference between stereo and 5.1 feed to a playbar without sub or surrounds, yes there is a perceived difference to me, whether it is better or worse would be subjective, but there is a different soundstage / EQ.... I prefer the Dolby Digital feed personally.... but that is not to say the stereo feed is any worse, just different.
I initially thought it may be due to the centre channel being added as the stereo will only be Left and Right plus any DSP.... but may be wrong.
So if you ARE looking to add a Sub and or Surrounds... i would try to move to a 5.1 feed solution, but if you are not .... then i am not sure it is worth the extra effort.... YMMV as they say