Originally Posted by aaronwt
The ARC worked perfectly fine with my Sony TV. It worked just as well as it did with my HT-NT3. At least as far as switching and volume level. The sound quality is better with the NT3, but that is because it has better drivers.
As a general rule of thumb, ARC doesn't always work. We wouldn't have so many threads, articles, comments and opinion pieces about it if it works as it should consistently. Good that ARC works for you, generally it should Sony to Sony devices wise.
Yes, I agree. The RT5's drivers are actually derived from the CT790. I know they are the same, because I had the 790 right before getting the RT5. EQ aside, they both sound very, very similar. The only difference is that the RT5 is a slight bit more forward, but I believe this is due to the soundbar being more upward instead of angled when using the mounts as stands. Also wished that the center channel actually has a tweeter because voices can sound a bit dull at times.
I would like to see an RT7 (or whatever) with the NT3's drivers, but more importantly the rear speakers desperately needs some low-end.
Originally Posted by barth2k
ok I figured ARC out. Needed to turn on anynet cec in the Samsung TV. Duh. The volume is fine. I need to test more to see if it's actually passing 5.1.
Any good tip for balancing voice and sfx volume? When I turn volume to where I can hear dialogue comfortably, when action or music starts up, it's way too loud and I have to grab the remote quick. Similarly, I like to have sub at around ten so voice has some nice bass to it (I hate tinny voice) but it gets overwhelming with explosion etc. I've tried all the sound fields. And voice types (can't tell a difference).
You can check your audio info if you have the OSD enabled.
As for audio levels, you can set all the channels individually to a max of +6db (if the latest update has changed this, I'm not aware however). +0.5 or +1db on the center channel should be all you need for a more forward dialogue presentation.
You shouldn't ever put the bass at vol 10 because anything above 8 causes way too much bloat (even if you are a basshead). Instead, adjust the level of the sub in the Home > setup > audio settings to keep some tactility.