Originally Posted by mrtickleuk
Ok but that's now a different problem to not having a AVR which can "pass-through" HDMI 2.0a / HDR. FWIW I agree that the requirement to manually specify the audio output format is poor, but if it's been the same on many Samsung for years that still fits under the heading of doing your research before you buy instead of afterwards.
I don't agree that with all other TVs you can use them as a "hub". That's no realistic unless you don't have a blu-ray player, or don't have anything that can do 7.1, or any of the HD audio formats introduced more than 10 years ago. ARC is limited to lossy 1990's DVD 5.1 only. There's no way I would ever want to route my Blu-Ray player and other HD audio sources through the TV in the first place, because I wouldn't want to willingly downgrade the audio down to lossy 5.1. Again it's not something that Samsung can control, everyone is waiting for eARC with HDMI2.1 to remove this issue.
I was responding to the pro/con list that listed the pros and cons of going through the tv and through the AVR, so that's where I was coming from. As to doing my research, I read tons of reviews, scoured this thread, asked lots of questions here before purchasing my TV 8-9 months ago. Not once did I read anywhere that I'd have to manually change the Audio format constantly. Samsung certainly didn't advertise this fact either. They listed all the formats it supported through audio out, but they did not say what a labor intensive process it would be.
My wife is a very smart person, but has commented on how she wouldn't be able to operate the TV without me because I have to configure so many settings every single time we want to watch something, or switch from cable to bluray to plex, etc. When I'm not home, she wont even watch the TV because its easier to watch our older 55" set hooked up to a Sonos in another room because everything with that set "just works." The PQ on that tv is horrible by comparison, but to her its not worth the hassle.
For the price of this TV, it shouldn't have these type of problems so long after it has been released. I wouldn't care so much if this was a low-end bargain TV from TCL or vizio or something. You get what you pay for. I accept the fact that that TV is not going to have the amazing picture quality of an OLED or other high end features because its a mid-high range set. But some of this TV's quirks are just... unnecessary. There is simply no reason for some of this TV's quirks to not be resolved by now, other than Samsung's blatant lack of interest in providing a good customer experience.