Just picked up a VHT215 to go with my Vizio TV + Mac Mini HTPC. I mostly use Plex to watch movies/tv shows. The sound is definitely fuller, especially in the bass department, but talking sounds flat/hard to hear, and since I started running an optical cable the speakers pop/crackle when the sound spikes like during an action scene or a loud song.
I've tried a variety of connections, but I'm unsatisfied with everything thus far. I'm wondering if there's something else I could do to get great digital sound in my setup without adding another piece of expensive hardware- although I have a feeling this is the best I can hope for with my cheap setup.
WHAT I'VE TRIED SO FAR:
I started off trying to run Mac Mini <---->HDMI<----> TV <----> Soundbar
But soundbar wouldn't play sound, would only come from TV speakers
Then I ran the 3.5mm RCA cable from the headphone jack in the Mac Mini directly to the sound bar. The sound bar worked but felt flat, especially talking/dialog.
Vizio customer service told me I should try running an optical cable from the TV to the soundbar, so I picked up a really cheap one off of Amazon. Sounds slightly better than the 3.5mm cable from the headphone jack, but now the audio pops and crackles at times.
Wondering if the soundbar is even worth keeping, considering I only run media from my MacMini (no DVD/Blue-Ray player/Cable box).