Below are some questions that I posted in the Samsung Community Home Theater forum
related to the Q80R TV with a Q70R Soundbar, but I have received no answers. The questions were meant for the Samsung support folks that moderate that forum. Questions 2. and 6. I answered myself. These questions might be a little off topic
as they're mostly related to the Q70R Soundbar, but might serve as a reference for those pairing a Q80R with the Q70R soundbar. Maybe we can get some answers or clarifications to some of the unanswered questions I have below.
I bought a Samsung HW-Q70R to pair with my Samsung Q80R QLED TV and have few questions and observations that need some clarification as neither the TV nor the Soundbar user manuals address any of these topics.
1. - The HW-Q70R was updated to firmware 1006.0 dated May 27, 2019 soon after I installed it. I read in a couple places that this firmware update added eARC support to the Soundbar. Can someone from Samsung support verify or deny that eARC support was added? - While connected to the Q80R via HDMI ARC the Soundbar LEDs displays "TV ARC", but the TV's Sound Output setting shows "[AV] Soundbar Q70R (HDMI)" . I expected to see something like "...(HDMI ARC)" and/if when the Q80R supports eARC via a firmware update, I would expect to see "...(HDMI eARC)".
Since I posted the above questions, I updated my Q80R QLED TV from firmware 1065.0 to firmware 1303.7. I was hopping that this update would bring the functionality to allow the QLED TV to pair to the Q70R Soundbar using eARC instead of just ARC, but I guess it was wishful thinking.
2.- I noticed that while the Q70R is connected via HDMI ARC that under Sound -> Expert Setting in the TV, the "Digital Output Audio Format" defaults to "Dolby Digital" - One can manually select the PCM option, but the Dolby + option is Greyed Out. Under which connection conditions is Dolby + available? I thought that this option would be available if the TV was connected to the Soundbar via HDMI ARC.
I found videos in the Q80R Vudu app with 4K and ATMOS content that allowed me to enable DD+, but I still don't know if this option could be enabled when an ATMOS capable HDMI connected "external" device is connected to one of the TVs HDMI ports.
3. - I also noticed that by default the "Digital Output Audio Delay" in the TV is set to 300 by default. (Sync is set to 0 by default in the Soundbar). When this option is selected in the TV the panel to the right describes this setting as only being available when the connected device (Soundbar) is connected via SPDIF . Should I assume that this setting also works with devices connected via HDMI ARC? When I move the slider to adjust the delay it "appears" to adjust the HDMI audio delay a little bit. Am I seeing-hearing things? If this setting is only available for SPDIF attached devices why is it displayed when there's nothing connected to the SPDIF out of my TV? - Sometimes I have a slight audio sync delayed that is noticeable when you look closely at the lips of the speakers. I can sometimes fix it by turning the TV and Soundbar on/off. I have set the audio delay on the TV to 0.
4.- My "2019 QLED" TV is this year's model and so is the Soundbar. Still under input sources in the TV there is no option to add a "Soundbar". I had to select "Home Theater System" which I and many others might associate with an AV Receiver. This needs to be updated, given that Samsung has been making TVs and Soundbars for a while.
5.- SmartThings - I've looked around the Samsung support site, but I have been unable to find a User's Guide for the SmartThings App. - After connecting the Soundbar and TV to the network and adding them to SmartThings, the SmartThings App also discovers a "[Samsung] Q70R" (Music Player) besides the Soundbar. I also got 3 widgets on the SmartThings Home page. The QLED TV widget, which allows me to remotely control the TV and perform other tasks, the Soundbar widget, which allow me to remotely control certain Soundbar functions and a Soundbar "Music Player " widget . What is this Music Player widget used for? It doesn't control the Music Services (TuneIn) and the USB port in the Soundbar is only supposed to be used for maintenance (Firmware updates). Can I add media files to a USB stick, connect them to the USB port and play them on the Soundbar using the "Music Player" widget? - Under the SmartThing Soundbar widget there's a "Music Services" selection which shows "TuneIn" as the only available service. I added my TuneIn account and I'm able play radio statations from the Soundbar. Can I add more "Music Services" manually and if so... how? Are these "Music Services" added by Samsung via firmware updates or some other cloud service? - In the Soundbar widget there's also a way to adjust the volume level for the Woofer, but there's no way to adjust the volume of my rear SWA-8500S BT speakers that are also paired to the Soundbar. Is volume adjustment for these rear (optional) speakers something that we can expect in future releases of SmartThings?
6.- TV Apps + online content to use for testing. - I don't have a Blu-Ray player, but I have a Nvidia Shield TV. Is there any video content (file) available online that I can use either via the Shield TV or via one of the TV Apps (Youtube, Prime... etc) that will help me test the DTS:X and ATMOS capabilities of this Soundbar using the Q80R QLED TV? Samsung should add small one minute or so video to test the features and functions of their TVs and also for use in checking/testing the Samsung accessories recommended for said TV.
For testing ATMOS using a USB Stick and the native TV media player, I download a video file from The Digital Theater here
- I used the trailer called "Nature's Fury (Dolby Digital Plus ATMOS)" to test. I also found content from the Vudu App with 4K content with ATMOS to test. This content also allows the DD+ option to be enabled.