Cheat Sheet -- Sneak Peek
Originally Posted by bluemoon737
Hmmmm...some sort of FAQ spreadsheet or something like that. I'm sure we could find someone with that sort of experience.
Hmmmmm, yeah, that's it!!! As a matter of fact I wouldn't have mentioned it if I didn't have something up my sleeve.
Originally Posted by teachsac
Good discussion for the streaming area. I would push site admin to put it as a sticky if someone did it.
It's kind of a work in progress at the moment but me and a few others have been working behind the scenes to see what we can come up with. Due to the fact that every TV is different as well as what devices guys might own and how they have things hooked up, it can get a little messy. For example, as I mentioned earlier, in Canada we don't get Amazon on the UBD-K8500 whereas in the USA you do so my Cheat Sheet would look different than yours.
Another example that is creating quite the controversy these days is the Chromecast Ultra. Google only supports this device when plugged directly into a TV (and for many guys who don't own an AVR capable of 4K HDR pass-through this would be the only option anyways). For whatever reason it will only pass through DD 5.1 via most TVs past and present, so in the case of apps that encode in DD+ such as Netflix it is only outputting the sound in Stereo. However if you have a TV that support Dolby Digital Plus over ARC
, then no problem, you'll get DD+ passed through the TV to your Receiver. There are very few TVs that support this currently.
With those variables in mind we have created a Word template to a allow a guy to download it and customize it to their hearts content. It allows for up to 8 devices and unlimited apps.
Before I forget, I want to be sure to mention
who have provided input along the way. Lots of PM's flying back and forth behind the scenes. I even had the pleasure of a long distance call from Rudy to save our fingers one afternoon!
And hey guys, if you find that we have something that doesn't correspond with your beliefs as to how a particular device or app works, then please don't shoot the messenger (or I will have
keep you in line). Instead download a copy of the template when I make it available (probably next week) and fix it as it applies to your configuration.
Basically the only Microsoft Word skill you will require is the ability to go to the end of a line and hit the enter key to add another row so you can enter another app. Also the most complicated part might be using the Borders and Shading option to change the background color to give it a score.
The beauty of the Cheat Sheet is you would use the app coded blue for the Ultimate audio/video experience, then the one that is shaded green, and so on and so forth.
We are just waiting for the new Fire TV to be released on March 4th before we make the downloadable template public.
Here are the release notes:
- For whatever reason the Chromecast Ultra is not sending DD+ to TVs that do not support Dolby Digital Plus over ARC otherwise in the case of the Samsung TV line-up for example, it would be converted to DD 5.1 by the TV's supported codecs and receive a minimum score of 'Good' for all of the apps listed in addition to the 'Ultimate' score it received for the YouTube app. Google is aware of this issue but has released a statement stating that the Chromecast is "intended to be plugged directly into the HDMI port of an HDTV, and the sound should be coming out through your TV's speakers. Any setups outside of this supported setup is not guaranteed to work".
- If the Chromecast Ultra is plugged into a TV that supports Dolby Digital Plus over ARC such as the 2016 Vizio P model it will achieve the 'Ultimate' score for all of the apps listed in that column that are supported.
Scores are based on devices being plugged into a TV or an A/V Receiver based on the way each of us has our equipment hooked up. The sample includes several devices hooked up via the TV, others hooked up to the AVR, and in the case of the UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, being hooked up to both via the dual HDMI Cables. Higher quality audio may be achieved with a TV that supports Dolby Digital Plus over ARC or connecting devices to an AVR that supports 4K HDR pass-through. If a device is only capable of outputting Stereo when other devices owned can provide the same quality Video with DD 5.1 or DD+ surround sound it received the minimum score.
Please see attached thumbnail to get a sneak peek...