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Originally Posted by psklenar
Is there any consensus? Should I use HDMI ARC to listen to OTA and built-in apps or should I use optical?
Depends on your audio setup and if ARC works! I'd recommend ARC for many reasons. You'll get DD+ (Dolby Digital Plus) versus Dolby Digital 5.1 (only) with optical. If you have a Dolby Atmos setup, then you can get compressed Dolby Atmos soundtracks with ARC & DD+, even though they are few and far between and mostly on pay per view movies.
Convenience wise, I like ARC better even though there can be some hiccups with older AVR's like I have. It's funny - Netflix, Google Play Movies - - all stellar with ARC. Amazon Prime? For some reason, I get audio dropouts with ARC from Amazon Prime. I think it's more an Amazon/Sony issue than anything else. This could be a limitation of my own system so see how it works with yours. You can always go to optical as a backup or permanent setup if ARC doesn't work.
Home Theater Setup
SONY 75X900F & 49X900E, BenQ W1080ST, Denon X5200 & Emotiva XPA-3
AudioSource 100VS, OPPO 103 & Samsung K8500, 9.1.4 Setup - Speakers - Studio 60's,
V.2 (FL/FR), CC-690 (C), V.5, ADP 590 V.5 (SS), MilleniaOne 2.0 (BS) - Velodyne 810 Sub,
Cornered Audio (FH/RH), Definitive Technology (Front Wides)