Originally Posted by yanquiuxo
I just posted in the smart hub fiasco thread, and I don't mean to spam, but can anyone that owns this TV get Dolby Digital 5.1 through smart hub apps like Netflix or is it an F8000 related issue that I can't? Don't know if my tv is defective or something... The same Netflix content that plays 5.1 fine from other sources' Netflix app (like my BR player) only shows Stereo 2.0 on the TV's app when you click the info button on the TV remote. This would indicate that Netflix (or the app, rather) is not receiving the 5.1 signal, right?
I just bought this tv and my previous model Samsung (ES7100) had no problem getting 5.1 from Netflix, and the TV's were set up in the same exact way. I'm just not sure why this model can't. Anyone have any insight?
Originally Posted by Phrynichus
This is not obvious, but I have the same set-up you do (F8000 and Marantz 1504). To get ARC to work, you need to turn on HDMI-CEC in both the Marantz and the TV. Then connect HDMI 3 on the TV to Monitor out on the Marantz. Then switch the Marantz to the TV audio channel. Then the TV will show you a 'Receiver' choice. You do NOT want to choose 'External Speakers' for ARC. That is what you choose if you don't if you send the A/V signal into a receiver first, which then passes the video only onto the TV.
If this doesn't work, send me a PM. I can help you.
Also, a lot of the stuff that comes through the Samsung apps, like YouTube, isn't 5.1 either. I tried too.
Finally, the big downer about ARC is that every time you turn on the TV, the Marantz will auto-switch to TV audio. So if you have a game console or BD player connected to the Marantz, you will have to manually switch it every time. This is why I actually stopped using ARC after a few months. I have found no way to get the Marantz to stop defaulting like that.
Wow, no, that's not obvious at all. Thank you so much for the settings, I tried them and they worked! I was impressed it worked at all but disappointed in the execution. Like the previous poster above me and others, I can't get a 5.1 signal out of anything playing from the native apps. It would be great if I could get this to work as HBO Go isn't supported by Comcast (I hate that company so very much) on any STB, but it is on the Sammy. I'd also like to use the internal smart TV apps "just because" and I'm interested in the technology. As it stands I use my Fire TV for everything, and the Sammy for Youtube and HBO Go.
I will say that with the proper Harmony remote setup (I have the Smart Home kit which is amazing and simple in every conceivable way), using the TV's internal apps with the TV speakers actually isn't bad. The speakers on my X9 were mind blowing and nothing will compare to them but the speakers on this set actually surprised me. I expected absolute garbage and I feel they are quite good for casual viewing. Youtube, of course, it no problem (who cares about 5.1?), and HBO Go is still a good experience. All in all, I'm quite pleased the the lack of ARC isn't terribly detrimental.
I want to go on record again as saying how absolutely shocked I am at how good the "standard" AMP setting is. I know many of us don't want any processing (myself included) when watching films, but the preservation of 24FPS, 0 blurring and super smooth console gaming feels like the perfect fit. I don't notice much of the SOE during film, to me it just looks like a a really high quality/high resolution picture. It looks the way I've always wanted films to look. Compared with the processing of other TVs I've had and demoed, this this is by far the best. Engaging "smooth" however brings the SOE into full blown "General Hospital" mode.
I would really encourage anyone who hasn't already done so to try AMP on "standard" with a variety of source material. It make seem a little less than purist quality at first, but my bet is that you'll learn to appreciate the benefits. For gaming, it's invaluable and fantastic provided you can deal with the input lag which all but the most competitive gamers won't notice.
There's only 2 things I would change about this TV. 1- I wish a 70" model had been offered as that would be just about perfect for my seating distance (9.5 feet). Despite that, I could have purchased the 75" model but couldn't part with that much cash for a TV, even on clearance. I also had some concerns about panel uniformity and defects at 75". Of course, that might just be an excuse. If I were doing it over again I would probably pony up the cash for the 75.
2- The colors don't pop quite as much as some other top tier TV's I've seen, specifically the Trilumious Sony displays. They appear to be incredibly natural, and calibration results show their near perfection, but I'd like the ability to give them an extra "oomph. I supposed "standard" mode will accomplish this, but I'm not about to change from the perfection that is "movie" mode!
This really is a remarkable set and for the price it can now be purchased at, I can't imagine anyone going wrong. There is no TV on the market I'd rather have and I've never been able to say that in the past.