Soundbar for LG C9
Hoping for help.
In my small vacation home with no AVR, I need a soundbar to go with my newly purchased LG C9, and was thinking about the LG SL8YG hoping for compatibility with the C9. Although I want the sound to be good, anything is better than the TV speakers, and it is critical to me that the LG magic remote will control soundbar power and volume and muting. I also want my external sources (cable box, Blu-ray, maybe Roku depending on how happy I am with the internal TV apps) to go to the TV so that the TV remote controls switching sources (and not the soundbar remote) and connect the soundbar via the TV eARC input and soundbar ARC output (please correct me if I have this wrong, but I thought the ARC HDMI on the LG soundbars is an output and the eARC on the LG C9 is an input, but that this is how one would connect sources to the TV and get sound out via HDMI to the soundbar, presumably because ARC is bidirectional???). Again, please correct me if I am confused.
Since I am not aware of ANY eARC soundbar out there (and even if there was one, would it even be compatible with the LG C9?), I assume that the TV eARC-to-soundbar ARC is the only way to get ATMOS, for example, to the soundbar, even if it compressed, so that is the best I can do at this point. Is that true?
I thought at one point about the Sony 5000 soundbar, and an article from Sony from 10/18 said they were putting eARC on them via firmware update, but no reference to eARC in soundbar specs on their website, and now seeing posts that say that ARC on Sony not compatible with ARC on LG!!!!
Also, in my setup I cannot move my router farther than three feet away from the TV and soundbar. Cannot. I saw a post where it was said that the router had to move farther than three feet away from the LG soundbar to avoid WiFi interference between router and soundbar. That is not possible in my set up. The router must stay close to the TV and soundbar. And the LG soundbars don’t have an Ethernet port. So is this a deal killer with LG soundbars? All soundbars?
I feel like the search for a very simple thing has led me down the rabbit hole. I just wanted a soundbar for better sound than the internal TV speakers, but that would be controlled seamlessly by the TV remote...power, volume, muting, and source switching. And if I was spending the cash, hoping for more expansive sound if possible, like ATMOS or virtual surround, since rear speakers are not possible. But either I am confused, or it is not a simple thing at all.
Help me please!