Surround system music mode from tv input

  • 24 November 2022
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Hi all,

i’ve a surround system composed by 1 sonos arc + 2 sonos one sl as rear channesl. Sometimes i play music from youtube videos from my tv and i get worst experience compared to playing music directly from the app. I’m not talking about youtube lower audio quality but the “problem” is that audio is beign played by the tv and processed to play also on rear channels from a stereo pcm source (with sonos trying to figure out where sound should came from, for example voice on front and some background on rears). That result in audio getting a lot worse than playing music from sonos app and rear speaker set as “ambient”.

Is there a way to manually tell the system to threat audio from tv as per “music” source? If not i think that would be a nice addition to the system because it is possible to also reproduce music from the tv non only movies or tv programs.

I hope i’ve be clear enough.

Thank you.


Best answer by GuitarSuperstar 24 November 2022, 16:15

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I understand exactly what you are describing and have been waiting for a feature to address this for years (since the Playbar was released). All it would take is adding a TV Music Mode type option in the app to treat the incoming audio from the TV in the same way as streaming audio. Instead of focusing on outputting audio from the front, it would blast it out all speakers.

I can only assume there has not been enough people requesting this and most are satisfied with the status quo. It is frustrating when a multi-thousand dollar system can't do something a budget brand can, but it is what it is.

As a workaround I use my Mac to watch music related videos/streams whilst streaming the audio over to Sonos - outputting through all speakers. Works great apart from the small screen compared to the TV. I would also love to to leverage the TV during parties to show what's playing with cover art etc, but can't as it sounds poor with everything coming from the front.

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No, this isn’t possible. Playing a YouTube video on your TV will always be detected as a TV source. And the quality of the up-mix is largely dependent on the quality of the audio on the YouTube video.