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Is there any soundbar with DTS decoding?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I have looked at the Pioneer JBL and Sonos and all 3 don't have DTS decoding.

 

Is there any that do?

post #2 of 17
Vizio
post #3 of 17
It is not a big deal. If you connect the Blu-ray to the TV via HDMI and connect the Sonos with an optical from the TV it will get Dolby digital. It somewhat depends on the TV as some TVs like Samsung only pass a stereo signal to the optical and not the 5.1 signal. That is the fault of the TV and not the bar. I think C/net had a list of TVs that don't pass a 5.1 signal.
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Originally Posted by ttlnb View Post

It is not a big deal. If you connect the Blu-ray to the TV via HDMI and connect the Sonos with an optical from the TV it will get Dolby digital. It somewhat depends on the TV as some TVs like Samsung only pass a stereo signal to the optical and not the 5.1 signal. That is the fault of the TV and not the bar. I think C/net had a list of TVs that don't pass a 5.1 signal.

I do have a 70le757u which I contacted Sharp and they said it will passthrough DD 5.1.

 

Arent all Blu rays made with DTS? How can it change the format from DTS to DD 5.1? Or are all Blu rays made with both formats?

 

Im so confused with this. I read that all blu rays only had DTS.

post #5 of 17
They have both on the disc. If you connect directly to the Blu-ray it will only output DTS but if you connect to the TV via HDMI the TV communicates with the source and tells that it can only accept dolby digital or multichannel PCM. Either way dolby digital is what is sent to the optical port. Unfortunately some TVs communicate that they are a stereo device so only a stereo information gets passed on. So it depends on the TV. If a TV has a tuner then it must have a dolby decoder because that is what is sent for over the air broadcast and many don't have DTS.
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Originally Posted by ttlnb View Post

They have both on the disc. If you connect directly to the Blu-ray it will only output DTS but if you connect to the TV via HDMI the TV communicates with the source and tells that it can only accept dolby digital or multichannel PCM. Either way dolby digital is what is sent to the optical port. Unfortunately some TVs communicate that they are a stereo device so only a stereo information gets passed on. So it depends on the TV. If a TV has a tuner then it must have a dolby decoder because that is what is sent for over the air broadcast and many don't have DTS.

 

When I hook up my Vizio S4251w-B4 to my LG 55GA7900 TV through the optical port the Vizio soundbar lights up "DTS" and "Dolby Digital" Depending on what source is being fed to the TV (Xbox One, Blue ray, etc.). So some TVs do accept DTS and DD and output both as well.

post #7 of 17

The Solo Cinema XTR has both DTS-HD and Dolby decoding.  I have this sound bar and it is great!

post #8 of 17
No matter what is being fed to your soundbar, do you believe that you will hear a difference?
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by drfreeman60 View Post

No matter what is being fed to your soundbar, do you believe that you will hear a difference?

I don't or most could. My concern is if I don't have the ability to process DTS, with all Blue ray movies being made with only DTS formatting, that if one of the above threads is true that the player will dumb the signal down to a stereo signal, why get the Sonos set up I want.


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post #10 of 17
Whether the TV dumbs the signal down or the soundbar, if you still can't hear a difference, the only difference is no difference.
post #11 of 17
You would be pretty happy with the Vizio S4251W-B4 Soundbar. Has wireless rear speakers. Sub is wirelessly in the back and wired to the rear satellites. Should come out of the box already paired to the sound bar. They include ALL the wires you need to connect it. It has Dolby Digital/DTS. For the money, you will be content. They sell for around 299.99 but I got one at Costco just before X-mas for 189.00. Worth way more that even the 299.00. You will need to buy a pair of satellite stands on Amazon for your rear speakers.
post #12 of 17
Some HDTV's have the capability for those signals. With the Visio, you also have a digital audio input as well as the optical. Could go optical from the TV to the visio optical in. Then a second dedicated digital audio out of the blu-ray player directly to the Visio so the TV audio processing is out of the picture but rather the processing of the blu-ray output directly to the Visio which I believe has built in decoders.
post #13 of 17
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There is inky one Visio I have found here and it's the cheap one. I don't mind spending to get what I want. Vizio isn't very popular up here.


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post #14 of 17
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~~Well I went to listen to the Sonos again and do some research in store. I looked at 30+ Blu ray movies and all had the DD 5.1 as well as the DTS formatting. I spoke to a guy and he said that DD 5.1 will come through the Optical as long as the TV is able to passthrough the signal. All of my worries have been laid to rest. The Sonos sounds fantastic. I listened to the Pioneer again as well, and my true thoughts are that the Pioneer sounds thin. I know the 2 are not in the same price point, but I am going to take the leap and go Sonos. Thanks to all who offered their personal insight and experiences.

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Originally Posted by hondabbq View Post

There is inky one Visio I have found here and it's the cheap one. I don't mind spending to get what I want. Vizio isn't very popular up here.


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Where are u located??

Congrats on the Sonos
post #16 of 17
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Where are u located??

Congrats on the Sonos

 

I live in Canada.

 

I don't actually have it yet, I have about 4-5 weeks of reno to finish yet before I buy it.

post #17 of 17
I am looking at the Vizio S4251w-B4 and it has one optical input. I have a Vizio tv and the WDTV both with optical outputs only (no coaxial output). So.....I assume if I connect the WDTV to the tv via HDMI and then from the tv to soundbar via optical, it will only pass DD for both WDTV and tv sources. If I want DTS from the WDTV, can I use an optical splitter? For example, connect the WDTV and tv optical output to the splitter, and then from the splitter to the soundbar.
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