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post #811 of 939
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Originally Posted by mark_anderson_u View Post

Trying to envisage how this would work. Lets say I wanted to share my fronts and sub between HT (AVR) and Sonos, how would I wire it?

I think you need an amp with home theater bypass (this feature has a lot of names). But those get really expensive and is usually a line-level feature, not a speaker-level feature.

So, are we talking AVR or pre-pro or integrated amp?
post #812 of 939
I think vendors like niles make a line level switch that could be used.. still need to trigger it a good AVR should be able to provide that though. They also have signal sensing ones but switching taking that route will probably be unreliable or less than ideal.
post #813 of 939
Quick question: would this be one zone or two zones?

Bridge + PLAY:3 in a bedroom
CONNECT:AMP connected to another set of speakers
post #814 of 939
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Originally Posted by mnnat View Post

Quick question: would this be one zone or two zones?

Bridge + PLAY:3 in a bedroom
CONNECT:AMP connected to another set of speakers

One or two depending on how the mood strikes you. I guess, technically, it's two. But you can group them at any time into one.

If you have the Connect:Amp connected to an ethernet jack then you don't need the bridge.
post #815 of 939
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Originally Posted by artur9 View Post

One or two depending on how the mood strikes you. I guess, technically, it's two. But you can group them at any time into one.

If you have the Connect:Amp connected to an ethernet jack then you don't need the bridge.

Thanks again artur9. My wife decided that having music in another zone other than our previous conversation about the media room was more important. Thus, I bought a CONNECT:AMP and PLAY:3 to satisfy that. The BRIDGE comes for free in the bundle right now.
post #816 of 939

Hey everyone I happened upon this thread, did some searching and wasn't able to come up with anything so I thought I would post.

 

I am a huge fan of Sonos, I bought my first player which was an S5 before they renamed it to Play 5 about 3 years ago and shortly there after bought 2 more of them. Recently I bought their Play Bar and after messing with it for a while I decided to add Two Play 1's to use as Rears.

 

At first I wasn't very impressed with the sound from the Play Bar but after doing some digging I realized that it wasn't getting a "Dolby" Signal out of my TV. My TV will only pass Dolby from an OTA Signal not cable. With this in mind I first got an optical splitter which worked well but then went with an HDMI Switch that has an Optical Out which works great!

 

It is well documented that Sonos does not do DTS but was wondering if there is someway around it. I am trying to play Backed Up Blu-Ray Images through my Media Player but get no sound at all. I have the same issue with my Blu-Ray player but that has a setting that I can output 5.1 instead of DTS / 7.1 which works.

 

Has anyone worked around this?

post #817 of 939
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Originally Posted by funhouse69 View Post

It is well documented that Sonos does not do DTS but was wondering if there is someway around it. I am trying to play Backed Up Blu-Ray Images through my Media Player but get no sound at all. I have the same issue with my Blu-Ray player but that has a setting that I can output 5.1 instead of DTS / 7.1 which works.

Has anyone worked around this?

Depending on what you mean by "Backed Up Blu-Ray images." For a while, when I was backing up my Blu-Ray to mkv I was converting the soundtracks to PCM. That might work for you.
post #818 of 939

Well I am literally backing up my Blu-Rays so I have the actual Discs, I would really like to get 5.1 out of them since I have the Play Bar Set up with Two Play 1's as my surround speakers and they sound really awesome. After doing some research It seemed like there was a way to Rip a Blu-Ray that is in DTS and "Convert" the soundtrack down to 5.1. I tried doing this today with one of my Pixar Movies and it worked Great. Before I had no audio whatsoever after it worked fine. Then I tried to do another one and haven't been able to get that one to work using the same process (Clown BD and its associated apps). So unless I am missing something (which is entirely possible) I am still looking for a solution.

 

Another possibility which I an open to is getting a new / different player, maybe there is one out there that can process the sound itself and convert the output (like some Blu-Ray Players do) so that I get 5.1.

 

Any thoughts / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

post #819 of 939
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Originally Posted by funhouse69 View Post

Well I am literally backing up my Blu-Rays so I have the actual Discs, I would really like to get 5.1 out of them since I have the Play Bar Set up with Two Play 1's as my surround speakers and they sound really awesome. After doing some research It seemed like there was a way to Rip a Blu-Ray that is in DTS and "Convert" the soundtrack down to 5.1. I tried doing this today with one of my Pixar Movies and it worked Great. Before I had no audio whatsoever after it worked fine. Then I tried to do another one and haven't been able to get that one to work using the same process (Clown BD and its associated apps). So unless I am missing something (which is entirely possible) I am still looking for a solution.

Another possibility which I an open to is getting a new / different player, maybe there is one out there that can process the sound itself and convert the output (like some Blu-Ray Players do) so that I get 5.1.

Any thoughts / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Buy DVDFab - pricey but well worth it (especially when you try to RIP stuff like Now You See Me that has seamless branching/obfuscation. Google "MakeMKV" and "now you see me" and see what a PITA it is. I did it with DVDFab, one button click... done. Sure you can do it with free tools if you to learn tons of stuff you really don't need to know and spend hours on one title like Now You See Me. Download the 30-day trial of DVDFab and give it a go. You can use copy to extract video and just the audio track you want, or make and ISO) - no watermark on trial or convert to MKV. If you use MKV passthru profile you get no quality reduction (and no watermark on trial version). I have no affiliation: just a satisfied user
post #820 of 939
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Originally Posted by mark_anderson_u View Post


Buy DVDFab - pricey but well worth it (especially when you try to RIP stuff like Now You See Me that has seamless branching/obfuscation. Google "MakeMKV" and "now you see me" and see what a PITA it is. I did it with DVDFab, one button click... done. Sure you can do it with free tools if you to learn tons of stuff you really don't need to know and spend hours on one title like Now You See Me. Download the 30-day trial of DVDFab and give it a go. You can use copy to extract video and just the audio track you want, or make and ISO) - no watermark on trial or convert to MKV. If you use MKV passthru profile you get no quality reduction (and no watermark on trial version). I have no affiliation: just a satisfied user

 

Thanks Marc I've been using DVD Fab for many years and really like their product. I tried their Blu-Ray Option and wasn't impressed with it but that was with an older Version. Since then I upgraded it to Version 9.x and they made it look a whole lot simpler but it did exactly what I wanted it to do including Ripping to an ISO and converting the Audio track from DTS to AC3 in the process. I've only tried it with a few of my Discs so far but think that this will work for me for now.

post #821 of 939
I am having some extremely annoying problems with a Play 5 I got for Christmas, which is currently causing my blood pressure to rise to unsafe levels. The radio stations always work, but the music I have in my computer sometimes does, and sometimes doesn't. Sometimes, only certain songs will work from the computer and with other songs, it'll say "unable to connect *name of music folder* " Everything is up to date with the latest versions, I've tried resetting it, I've read all the troubleshooting on the problem and nothing seems to work. What makes it so annoying is sometimes it will work, others it won't for apparently no reason. It's like it has moods and sometimes doesn't feel like working. I'm about to throw the thing against the wall. I'm sorry for the angry words, but I'm fuming right now. I'm currently uninstalling and re-installing the software.

Last night everything worked flawlessly. Wake up this morning, and I keep getting the "unable to connect" message whenever I try to play music on my computer which is a Macbook Pro, and yes, the computer is on.
post #822 of 939
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Originally Posted by Blackdevil77 View Post

I am having some extremely annoying problems with a Play 5 I got for Christmas, which is currently causing my blood pressure to rise to unsafe levels. The radio stations always work, but the music I have in my computer sometimes does, and sometimes doesn't. Sometimes, only certain songs will work from the computer and with other songs, it'll say "unable to connect *name of music folder* " Everything is up to date with the latest versions, I've tried resetting it, I've read all the troubleshooting on the problem and nothing seems to work. What makes it so annoying is sometimes it will work, others it won't for apparently no reason. It's like it has moods and sometimes doesn't feel like working. I'm about to throw the thing against the wall. I'm sorry for the angry words, but I'm fuming right now. I'm currently uninstalling and re-installing the software.

Last night everything worked flawlessly. Wake up this morning, and I keep getting the "unable to connect" message whenever I try to play music on my computer which is a Macbook Pro, and yes, the computer is on.

Is your music on the Mac? Do you have any other Sonos components? It's possible your Mac is continually obtaining new IP addresses and therefore the path you provided Sonos isn't valid. It would only work on the random chance the Mac picks up the same address as when you set it up.
post #823 of 939
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Originally Posted by Superman07 View Post

Is your music on the Mac? Do you have any other Sonos components? It's possible your Mac is continually obtaining new IP addresses and therefore the path you provided Sonos isn't valid. It would only work on the random chance the Mac picks up the same address as when you set it up.

Yes, the music is on the Mac. I followed the steps to share the music with other devices and everything worked fine with my iPad and Macbook. How would I be able to tell if that is what's happening? If that is what's happening, how would I fix it?
post #824 of 939
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Originally Posted by Blackdevil77 View Post

Yes, the music is on the Mac. I followed the steps to share the music with other devices and everything worked fine with my iPad and Macbook. How would I be able to tell if that is what's happening? If that is what's happening, how would I fix it?

You'd have to log onto your router and look at the IP addresses handed out. See what the MBP has and if it matches what is in your Sonos setup. If you don't know how to log into your router you should be able to check manual or Google for default access settings.

If it is the problem, you could setup the MBP with a static IP. Again, Google process if you are unfamiliar. Will require making changes in router and Mac.
post #825 of 939
I tried what you said and it made no difference. Still didn't work. I unplugged the Sonos, uninstalled all software, reset everything, and basically started from scratch and now everything is working. It's been working all day. I don't know how long it will last, but so far so good.
post #826 of 939
A LOT of Sonos questions. Thanks in advance for everyone's help!

Background:
Considering Sonons vs whole house audio for a house that I am building.

Need Sonos for:
Heart room TV play bar, sub
Kitchen that attached to the hearth room(two play 3's or play 5's, might be used for rears for the play bar).
Master(play 5)
Master bath(play 3 or play 5)
Office(play 5)
Decks x 2(play 5 x 1 for now, may eventually get 2)

Play bar:
I hear the many TV's don't "pass through dolby digital via the optical out greatly reducing the quality of sound from the play bar. Is this still and issue? Are there certain TV's or brands that do carry Dolby digital via TV's optical out? I will be buying a new TV for this room so I have flexibility in what TV I use. Is there a reasonable workaround for this issue?

Play bar/play 5:
Can you use Play 5's as rears with the play bar? The kitchen will more than likely have two play 5's on the cabinets on the opposite wall as the tv so being able to use them for rears might be nice for fill.

Play 5:
If you have 2 play 5's in one room or one zone can you use them as separate channels to achieve stereo sound? This wasn't possible in one of CNET's reviews but the review was several years ago so I don't know if that has changed.

Syncing with other sound bars:
I think $1400 is pretty crazy for a play bar and sub so I was thinking about buying a traditional sound bar and sub but would I be able to sync this with the Sonos software and play music through it with other sonons players one the Sonos network? I assume the Sonos Connect would be what I need but does it utilize a optical out? Most sound bars have one optical in and if the TV is using this then there is no where to plug in the Connect to sync. I think you can buy a as good as or better sound bar/sub for $500-$750.

Connect:
Can you use connect to connect more than one different source? I will want to connect my traditional basement surround sound and my sound bar upstairs. Does that mean I need 2 Connect units?

Bridge:
I have Ethernet connected to one of the players I don't need the Bridge, correct?

Sub:
Is it worth the $699 price? Seems crazy for a dual 6" driver sub.


Sorry for all the questions, thanks again! Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated.
post #827 of 939
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Originally Posted by lees23 View Post

A LOT of Sonos questions. Thanks in advance for everyone's help!

Background:
Considering Sonons vs whole house audio for a house that I am building.

Need Sonos for:
Heart room TV play bar, sub
Kitchen that attached to the hearth room(two play 3's or play 5's, might be used for rears for the play bar).
Master(play 5)
Master bath(play 3 or play 5)
Office(play 5)
Decks x 2(play 5 x 1 for now, may eventually get 2)

Play bar:
I hear the many TV's don't "pass through dolby digital via the optical out greatly reducing the quality of sound from the play bar. Is this still and issue? Are there certain TV's or brands that do carry Dolby digital via TV's optical out? I will be buying a new TV for this room so I have flexibility in what TV I use. Is there a reasonable workaround for this issue?

Play bar/play 5:
Can you use Play 5's as rears with the play bar? The kitchen will more than likely have two play 5's on the cabinets on the opposite wall as the tv so being able to use them for rears might be nice for fill.

Play 5:
If you have 2 play 5's in one room or one zone can you use them as separate channels to achieve stereo sound? This wasn't possible in one of CNET's reviews but the review was several years ago so I don't know if that has changed.

Syncing with other sound bars:
I think $1400 is pretty crazy for a play bar and sub so I was thinking about buying a traditional sound bar and sub but would I be able to sync this with the Sonos software and play music through it with other sonons players one the Sonos network? I assume the Sonos Connect would be what I need but does it utilize a optical out? Most sound bars have one optical in and if the TV is using this then there is no where to plug in the Connect to sync. I think you can buy a as good as or better sound bar/sub for $500-$750.

Connect:
Can you use connect to connect more than one different source? I will want to connect my traditional basement surround sound and my sound bar upstairs. Does that mean I need 2 Connect units?

Bridge:
I have Ethernet connected to one of the players I don't need the Bridge, correct?

Sub:
Is it worth the $699 price? Seems crazy for a dual 6" driver sub.


Sorry for all the questions, thanks again! Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated.
 
Playbar - Most TV's do not pass Dolby so this is a very BIG issue and it makes a HUGE difference in Sound. The sad thing is that from what I understand most brands are not consistent. I've only heard that a few Sony's pass it but will leave that to others with more knowledge. You might want to check with Sonos as well.
 
Playbar / S5's - S5's will NOT work as read surround speakers, only Play 1's and 3's. I don't know why but kind of makes sense as you won't really need an S5. I am using the play 1's and they sound awesome.
 
Play 5: Yes you can create a "Stereo Pair" with any two "Same" players and they don't even have to be in the same room but obviously should be
 
Sync with other soundbars - This isn't really possible in a simple way but obviously can be done somehow. I don't know of any other Sonos component that has an Optical Input and that includes the Connects so I think you will have a hard time getting this to work.
Connect: - Not really sure what you are trying to accomplish here. If you can get the signal in to at least one Sonos device you can then "Group" any other device and play the same source this includes TV from the Soundbar which is really cool.
Bridge - You only need a single Sonos Component connected to your wired Network. I would use a Bridge just to keep all of your players portable but it not needed UNLESS you want to have more than one system in the house which can be done. They would be completely different systems without the ability to see each other. In that case you would need 2 bridges or at least one device plugged in to the network for each group.
Sub: Try it you will NOT be disappointed. I am completely blown away but its performance. Sonos puts out a great product and its size does not limit its abilities. Buy directly from Sonos they offer a 45 day return policy and they stand behind their products. Yes it is expensive but I am not disappointed in anyway whatsoever.
post #828 of 939
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Originally Posted by funhouse69 View Post


First of all, thank you for the time to reply to this post.

Couple more questions for you:

Are you happy with the Play bar even though you aren't getting a dolby signal from your TV? Is this still an issue if you are just looking for better 2 channel sound or just if you are trying to get surround sound out of the play bar and rears?

What outputs does the Connect have? If I understand correctly, the connect is used to Connect the Sonos network to an existing stereo receiver? A lot of sound bars have multiple HDMI/optical/RCA inputs.

Just to clarify the stereo question: If I have 2 play 5's in one room I can set it up so one of them plays the left channel and the other place the right channel. The are not both play 5's playing both left and right channel creating a mono environment? If I play them with the play bar the left side of the play bar will play the left channel, the right side will play the right channel, the right play 5(as you face the TV) will play the right channel and the left play 5 will play left channel? Sorry to be so repetitive about this, I do not want a mono kitchen/hearth room as I think having a stereo environment makes a huge difference in listening pleasure.

So I think I would probably go with 2 play 3's in the kitchen so I can use them for rears with the upstairs TV. When listening to music it would be the play bar, sub, and two play 3's. Do you feel like this would sound good in a room that is approximately 30x 40" with 11-12' ceilings?

Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions.
post #829 of 939
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Originally Posted by lees23 View Post
 
 
First of all I stand corrected the Sonos Connect DOES have an optical out for a Subwoofer.

 

Now on to your questions - When I first got my Play Bar I was happy with it as it does a good job at Simulating Surround Sound but I thought that this was a waste so I ended up getting an HDMI Switch from Monoprice that has an Optical Output. This allowed me to connect each of my devices to the switch and get 5.1 out out in to the Play Bar. I am not going to lie this makes a HUGE difference and once you hear that difference you will NOT want to go back! The only way my TV puts out Dolby is if you are getting a signal off the air. Why this is I don't really know. The downfall for this is that you now have another device with another remote. This isn't a deal breaker for me at all but might be for some.

 

Connect - See above for the connections and Yes this is used to connect Sonos to your existing Components and the Optical out from what I am reading it used to connect a Sub. This will NOT pass dolby digital since there is no way to get the Dolby Into it to be passed out of it (hope that makes sense).

 

Stereo Question - You can set it up either way. By default they are technically "Mono" but you can set up any two Play's (1's, 3's, or 5's) in a Stereo Pair which will give you a true left and right channel separation. Once you set up a Stereo Pair it will show up as a single device and not two separate players. This also holds true for the Play Bar with Rears and the Sub, they just show up at one "Room" and the individual components are hidden.

 

Your Setup - I think that this would sound great but like art this is very subjective! I haven't heard many complaints about Sonos sound quality ever. Even their Play 1's which are so small sound pretty amazing and get rave reviews from all different sources. The Play Bar, rear surrounds and sub will play music beautifully and the sub add so much more to it. I don't think your room is too big for this set up at all as these have lots of volume and never any distortion.

 

One thing I should mention that you may not know - The Sonos Play Bar does NOT currently support DTS Sound. This can be a HUGE problem for some people depending on their set up. When I first connected my Blu Ray Player for my HDMI Switch and tried to watch a movie I had no sound. Thankfully the Blu Ray player is able to "Downmix" the audio to 5.1 which works awesome. I also Backup movies which can be an issue but some programs will do the Downmixing as well.

 

If you have anymore questions fire away =)


Edited by funhouse69 - 12/27/13 at 8:42pm
post #830 of 939
The only reason I would use a connect would be to play music through a different sound bar so no need for Dolby digital. It looks like a connect would solve my issue if I wanted to use a different sound bar and use it on the Sonons network to play music.

My biggest issue is/was the stereo issue. Now you have solved that, I will probably just do all Sonos to keep it uniform and simple.

One more and I think I am done..

You said if you set up the play bar with play 3's was rears that is the only way you can play those speakers(all together)? If I have the play 3's as rears in the kitchen I may not want to use the rears all the time. Or my wife might want to listen to music in just the kitchen on the pay 3's and not the soundbar or sub. There is no way to set this up? The speakers are all married?
post #831 of 939

This sounds like an odd way to set up the rears. Remember the rears are just for Surround Sound and will not give the full audio track. I would put the "Rears" in the same room as the Play Bar otherwise you aren't getting the full use of them and will take a lot away from the experience for sure.

 

What happens when you are a Sub / Rear Effect to a Play Bar is they are all grouped together and can not be controlled individually unless you remove them from the group. A lot of people have complained about this and there might be an easier solution coming soon but that is up to Sonos. My suggestion would be to go with separate players in the Kitchen (Play 1's or 3's) and you can add them to a "Group" with the play bar when you want / need to hear TV otherwise it will be a pain to add them and remove them all the time.

 

Here is what mine looks like... As you can see it shows the Left and Right but doesn't even show the sub. So to answer your question yes they are "Married" together until you remove them (divorce) which means you have to add them again. The process is relatively painless but it takes a few minutes.

 

post #832 of 939
I'll probably get play bar, sub and maybe 2 play 1's and see if I like them in the kitchen as a separate zone for music only or paired with the TV as rears. I can always add more! Can the sub be shared in 2 different zones?

So when you play music on your TV set up it's a simulated surround sound vs a 4 channel stereo? I prefer 4 channel stereo vs simulated surround sound. I say simulated because the music is coming from your music library which is not a dolby digital 5.1 source/signal.
post #833 of 939

Be warned Sonos is addictive, trust me on that. I started with a single S5 (before the renamed them) and now I at least one of ever one of their products!

 

Honestly I don't listen to much music (other than Concert DVD's / Blu-Ray's) through my Play Bar as I have it dedicated to my TV. That said it does do a "Simulated Surround" with the rears but it sounds pretty good considering.

 

The Sub is also married to whatever Player you set it up with. As with the Rears you can Remove it from that player but then you have to go through the setup to add it to another player. So not that you would want to do this but you can set the sub up in one room and pair it with a player somewhere else in the house. Of course you can also group players together so you could have the same music playing throughout the house.

 

Since I am playing with music through my Play Bar right now it does a really, really good job. It sound much better than my S5's do and I really love their sound. Of course the sub adds to much to it.

post #834 of 939
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Originally Posted by funhouse69 View Post

Be warned Sonos is addictive, trust me on that. I started with a single S5 (before the renamed them) and now I at least one of ever one of their products!

Honestly I don't listen to much music (other than Concert DVD's / Blu-Ray's) through my Play Bar as I have it dedicated to my TV. That said it does do a "Simulated Surround" with the rears but it sounds pretty good considering.

The Sub is also married to whatever Player you set it up with. As with the Rears you can Remove it from that player but then you have to go through the setup to add it to another player. So not that you would want to do this but you can set the sub up in one room and pair it with a player somewhere else in the house. Of course you can also group players together so you could have the same music playing throughout the house.

Since I am playing with music through my Play Bar right now it does a really, really good job. It sound much better than my S5's do and I really love their sound. Of course the sub adds to much to it.

Thanks again for your help. You have done a good good selling their products. My next thing to do is see if I can find a TV that will pass through a DD signal. If i can't I think I will get a traditional sound bar and run a Connect to it to allow me to play it on the Sonos network and the buy Sonos for music in other rooms. I can see the see the expense of the play bar if you are going to use rears but if not(due to no DD signal) i don't see the why I would spend that. I don't want to deal with a switch. All my components are in my basement so I don't have any wires, a switch would be hard to hide.

We are living at my in laws while we build, I think I am going to order some stuff up and test it out here. If I don't like it I will sent it back and go another direction. I am pretty confident I will like it though.
post #835 of 939

I did some searching and it seems like some of the Samsung and Sony TV's pass it out. The question is how can you tell for sure? The manual of my TV gives the impression that it does but it took me contacting Sharp to find out that it "Does" but only when tuning an HD Signal OTA otherwise it is only Stereo. Hopefully more and more will in the future. I know that is a common thing with all sound bars not just the Sono's. If a TV doesn't put out Dolby it doesn't really matter what sound bar you have. I don't plan on upgrading my TV anytime soon but I will certainly look for one that does pass it when it comes time to upgrade.

 

I assume you have multiple components in the basement? How are you switching them to your TV now? Is there a way to get optical out of whatever you are using now? If not adding a switch in shouldn't be that much of a big deal. For me it is well worth it. I did it for watching movies but now that I have 5.1 all the time just regular TV is so much better!!!

post #836 of 939
We are in the building process now so I have nothing yet. I will have at least cable/dish, DVD player and maybe Apple TV hooked up to the TV so I don't want to have to run an optical cable for all 3 sources to a switch from the basement. Much easier if I can just run sound bar off the TV optical out.
post #837 of 939
I will contact TV Manufacturers(Samsung and Panasonic) and ask them what models has DD pass through on all sources.
post #838 of 939

Well that is my point, if you are going to put something in the basement that is going to do the switching for you already just get something that has optical out and you only need 1 Optical Out. Each device will be connected via HDMI no need for the optical that is how I am doing it. If you are going to be running an HDMI Cable up to the TV for each device then that is different but you could still do an HDMI Switch with the TV. Instead of using the TV to switch just use the HDMI Switch and you will have Dolby out from ALL of your sources. Obviously a TV that puts out Dolby from the HDMI Sources would be best. You would think that would be common not the hardest thing to find these days.

post #839 of 939
More than likely will run several HDMI's. Haven't thought all of it through but working on it. Would are suggesting a switch in the component closet which would allow me to have DD from all sources and only have to run one HDMI.. Makes sense. I assume this switch would be remote controlled and controllable by a harmony remote.
post #840 of 939

Yes and Yes, I have all of my components (TIVO, HTPC, BluRay and Media Player) all going to it and I get Dolby out of all of them (Except the HTPC which is an issue with it and not the switch). So as you said you will be running each of the devices to the switch then the switch will connect to the TV with a Single HDMI Cable. The switch passes the Audio Signal from each of the devices out of the Optical Connection which would need to be ran in to the Play Bar or whichever sound bar you decide to go with.

 

I am using This switch from MonoPrice it is Remote Controlled, it works very well and it wasn't that expensive at all.

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2

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