Originally Posted by Audiodork
I wonder if it might be simply Panasonic wanting to keep folks using their SmartTV interface as parts of it provide a revenue stream?
Gotta ask. Considering you are using a soundbar, do you think there is anything really to be gained as you are not running at least 6 speakers?
Also, prolly better off selling it as opposed to going through Panasonic considering what these are fetching and most likely the problems described above being such that most would find no issue with.
Well glad you asked. Unlike most in here I can not afford a full 6 speaker or 7 speaker set up. Don't want to run wires all over the room. Plus this a bedroom so what is really gained by using a full surround system in such a small area. I mean if we bring physics into it, the sound from the sound bar is adequate enough in a bedroom to project very nice clear sounds. Also this bar has gotten plenty of great reviews.
I am not new to this game as I know a true set up (true 5.1 or 7.1 set up) would be best especially for something like the ZT BUT I do not have a theatre room or a dedicated room like most here. So that is why. Plus for 399$ I cant really complain as it does what I want it to do. Having a receiver would be great since the Xbox One really only does bitstream out correctly with a soundbar and HDMI. With the optical I get no static or cracking with the X1. Plus the HDMI set up is much easier than buying a 50$ monoprice HDMI switch with a toslink running out from it. So in that case I would have to run an optical cord from each device and the sound bar only has 1 input for it. I would have to buy another switch just for Toslink alone on top of the Kinivo switch.
Long story short its just simpler. Sound bars are not well accepted around these parts but for those with a lack of budget it fits the bill perfectly.
Repete...I mentioned my set up:
All sources-->4x1 Kinivo HDMI switch-->soundbar hdmi input (1)--->out from ARC input (hdmi 2 on sound bar)-->to HDMI ARC input of TV (hdmi 2). From my understanding the HDMI, thought with a soundbar, will still give you a better sound from Blu Ray since it can handle a stronger signal from the movie. Since I do not have a true 5.1 set up the Xbox ONe when set to 5.1 uncompressed only plays through the center speaker and does not project to the two other speakers that are connected to the wireless subwoofer. So it will either do Stereo Uncompressed for "imitated surround" as I call it or bitstream. If not it only does it from the center bar.
Anyway that's why, happy reading lol. 100-400$ for a sound bar is not bad at all compared to a 5.1 or 7.1 setup that even a decent one were looking at 5-600$ plus. 400$ for me was pushing it. And I saw some all in one 5.1 sets for like 300$ but if im gonna do true surround im gonna do it up, not a boxed set.