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DTS Playbar

  • 23 February 2013
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What happens when a DTS movie is played with my BR player. Will the Playbar make any sound ? Thanks.

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Hello Patrice, When setting up the PLAYBAR, the supported setup is to have an optical cable go out of your TV and into the PLAYBAR. If you are going straight from the bluray player to the PLAYBAR (assuming you do not have an available optical port on the TV) and the bluray player is transmitting DTS, you will see a error message stating "the audio format is not supported" and you will not hear any sound out of the PLAYBAR.
Ok, thanks for this reply. Very clear.
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You can vote for DTS support here: https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/please_add_support_for_dts_for_the_sonos_playbar
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I agree; DTS support is not a nice-to-have but a basic requirement! http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/sonos-playbar/4505-7868_7-35609166-2.html I just spend EUR 2,000 on the complete SONOS 5.1 setup and the "upmixed" output on the 2 rear Play 3s while playing Game of Thrones from a regular DVD box is inconsistent and disappointing. NOTE: as stated in attached Playbar review, when you DO directly link your Blu-Ray DVD player to the Playbar via optical out, it DOES deliver a very good Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack as the movie director intended. As such I also bought AU-D41 Optical Audio Switcher which at least ensures that true Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital Plus signal does not get degraded to PCM 2.0 stereo signal by the TV. This optical audi switcher does not produce any delays and costs just GBP 51; see below This does leave 2 issues: 1. Still my SONOS Playbar can't play any DTS content from Blu-Ray DVDs and as such my Game of Thrones Blu-Ray Season 2 box seems wasted. Unless... I again put the TV between the Blu-Ray DVD player and my Playbar but this results in an upmixed Dolby Prologic (fake 5.1) sound which doesn't convince or use the Play 3 rear channels consistently 2. SONOS decided last year not to deliver the SONOS subwoofer in matt black at GBP 100 discount yet had to reverse that decision after strong public demand on this forum. What would it take for SONOS to be honest about the lack of DTS support on the Playbar? Why does a GBP 250 home cinema set support DTS and my GBP 1,700 SONOS does not??? I don't believe for 1 minute that this is due to DTS licensing costs My SONOS dealer tells me that true DTS signal takes a lot more bandwidth than Dolby Digital 5.1 and that the SONOS wireless technology can't cope with this without causing too much delays/skipping sound. I WISH SONOS WAS WILLING TO SIMPLY GIVE US A REAL ANSWER AS TO WHY DTS SUPPORT FOR THE PLAYBAR WAS NOT INCLUDED FROM DAY ONE... http://www.simplysoundandvision.co.uk/acatalog/Installation_Accessories.html#aCYP_20AU_2dD41 The AU-D41 Optical Audio Switcher is ideal for use with the Sonos PLAYBAR if your television only has 2 channel Stereo from its optical output as the AU-D41 will send a 5.1 soundtrack from your sources to the PLAYBAR without downgrading them to a 2 channel signal. The AU-D41 has four optical inputs and one optical output. This device allows you to connect up to four optical sources to your PLAYBAR, for example your Blu-ray, Sky HD etc in addition to the TV with the ability to switch between sources whilst connected to your PLAYBAR. All signals are bypassed without delay. This device has 'last memory function' and an IR remote control for convenient use.
Hello Patrice, When setting up the PLAYBAR, the supported setup is to have an optical cable go out of your TV and into the PLAYBAR. If you are going straight from the bluray player to the PLAYBAR (assuming you do not have an available optical port on the TV) and the bluray player is transmitting DTS, you will see a error message stating "the audio format is not supported" and you will not hear any sound out of the PLAYBAR.
Disappointing. I am considering the Playbar and Sonos Sub to replace a Martin Logan Motion Vision bar since I can now use my ConnectAmp as the rear channels. Is it not possible to alter the output of a DTS Bluray player to output Dolby 5.1?
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Hello Patrice, When setting up the PLAYBAR, the supported setup is to have an optical cable go out of your TV and into the PLAYBAR. If you are going straight from the bluray player to the PLAYBAR (assuming you do not have an available optical port on the TV) and the bluray player is transmitting DTS, you will see a error message stating "the audio format is not supported" and you will not hear any sound out of the PLAYBAR.
DTS support is a key feature that really is needed if the Playbar is to be sold as a surround-sound product. It is a clear oversight and will continue to cause issues that require an unnecessary degree of knowledge about the issue to work around it and also limits the partnering equipment significantly in order to produce a working solution.
Hello Patrice, When setting up the PLAYBAR, the supported setup is to have an optical cable go out of your TV and into the PLAYBAR. If you are going straight from the bluray player to the PLAYBAR (assuming you do not have an available optical port on the TV) and the bluray player is transmitting DTS, you will see a error message stating "the audio format is not supported" and you will not hear any sound out of the PLAYBAR.


very very very BAD
I can't pay about 700 € for a 5+1 system that half of the times is unuseful
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Hello Patrice, When setting up the PLAYBAR, the supported setup is to have an optical cable go out of your TV and into the PLAYBAR. If you are going straight from the bluray player to the PLAYBAR (assuming you do not have an available optical port on the TV) and the bluray player is transmitting DTS, you will see a error message stating "the audio format is not supported" and you will not hear any sound out of the PLAYBAR.


very very very BAD
I can't pay about 700 € for a 5+1 system that half of the times is unuseful


A Sonos 5.1 would be way more than 700 Euros!!
Hello Patrice, When setting up the PLAYBAR, the supported setup is to have an optical cable go out of your TV and into the PLAYBAR. If you are going straight from the bluray player to the PLAYBAR (assuming you do not have an available optical port on the TV) and the bluray player is transmitting DTS, you will see a error message stating "the audio format is not supported" and you will not hear any sound out of the PLAYBAR.


very very very BAD
I can't pay about 700 € for a 5+1 system that half of the times is unuseful


A Sonos 5.1 would be way more than 700 Euros!!


You're right, 700 is only for the SB.
I have a very old 70€ 5.1 decoder that support both Dolby Digital and DTS.
Come on Sonos, what's the problem? I think is more "political" than technical...