Originally Posted by KoRn
Might be a really dumb question but just realized something. I have a Sony 75900E tv with this soundbar. I hooked up the soundbar to the hdmi ARC port on my tv. BUT, I have my Apple 4k tv, Xbox One X and Sony PS4 Pro directly hooked up to the sound bar. Is this sound coming through ARC? Would I need to move to the other hdmi port on the tv away from ARC to receive the pure audio from those devices and not ARC?!?!
Wish I could help, but I have no idea about that.
Wouldn't it depend on which HDMI ports on your tv - can be enabled as 'enhanced' to display the high-quality HDMI signals? Or is that just for video? On our Sony's, the "4K 60p 4:2:0 10bit, 4:4:4, 4:2:2" 'enhanced' high-quality HDMI signals can only be enabled on HDMI ports 2 & 3 ARC.
We were also running everything to soundbar first, but our tv boot-up time was taking forever, and getting longer and longer.
So the BB Geek Squad & DTV tech's both suggested we unplug our DirecTV from the soundbar, and plug it directly into the tv HDMI 1.
The BB Geek Squad guy also suggested we unplug ARC OUT HDMI from soundbar > to tv HDMI 3 ARC, and instead run Optical back down to soundbar. So we did.
But then we didn't have any remote control (w/the DirecTV remote) for volume, or for getting the soundbar to boot-up with the DTV mini server & tv.
So the DTV tech explained that we'd need to keep running the [ARC OUT HDMI from soundbar > to tv HDMI 3 ARC]... to regain volume control, and to have everything boot-up together.
Our tv boot-up time improved a bit, but is still taking what seems like a very long 25~40 seconds. Although strangely, the tv booted-up (video & audio), a few times in just 15~20 seconds, like it did regularly its first six months since install.
So currently we have both ARC & Optical hooked-up to our NT5, but I wasn't sure which way the audio was coming to the soundbar. So I unplugged the Opt cable and audio stops momentarily, before switching audio back to the tv speakers. But after plugging the Opt cable back into soundbar, if I then unplug the HDMI ARC from either tv or soundbar, audio keeps playing. Meaning, as far as I know, if you have both Optical and HDMI ARC hooked up, the audio gets sent to soundbar via the Opt cable.
Question: Are we getting as high a quality of audio through the Optical cable.... as we were getting thru the HDMI ARC? All that ^ to say.... I don't know. But hopefully.