I'm hoping I didn't screw up. I bought this *used* on *craigslist* just last week. I know, sounds bad already! It was a deal - $500 and the person just seemed like an alright dude
So it works, and it is the real deal - I'm almost positive it's not a counterfeit. There are a couple anomalies happening and I'm trying to 'process of elimination' the hell out of them to figure out what is up.
Background, because its important: I have a Sony A9F Master Series OLED (actually 2 of them) and I bought this specifically because of eARC and because of Atmos.
I intend to have all my devices connected to the tv (with the hdmi cables that are ran through the wall to the tv) and this right under the tv. I've connected the eARC port to my eARC port from the tv to the soundbar. The other three hdmi cables coming through the wall are connected to devices that I don't care as much about full hdmi 2.0 (or whatever).. But I think I need the eARC cable to be 2.0 for it to work right. I do have the sony ubp-x800 using one of the cables coming through the wall and it is working with enhanced hdmi setting with one of the three cables, so I think that is ok.
Big issue is this: the tv is randomly having the sound not work on the bar once in a while. It may be plex playing a movie (no hdmi external source here, just a local android app streaming a movie with passthrough audio on) and sometimes it may be the chromecast receiver (also built in). I've seen it happen with netflix too. When it happens, because these devices work well together, I just turn off the soundbar and the tv says "switching to internal speakers" and the sound plays without changing any settings. I think maybe my hdmi cable is not the right rated cable (I wish they said the version on the damn cable), I have a setting that is messing up when certain audio tracks are selected, OR I bought a damn POS off of Craigslist that is out of warranty. In that third scenario, I really hope that Sony will let me send it in for repairs.
Alternately, if anyone has this setup - an A9f with this soundbar, and can talk about proper settings, I'd appreciate it.
I've also noted that a couple of the devices on the other end of those hdmi cables can't seem to operate in enhanced hdmi mode and actually have CEC work to automatically switch the input, etc. I think that may be the cables - they were cheapo cable matter flat HDMI cables from Amazon from a couple years ago. I can completely see these long ass cheap cables not actually supporting enhanced HDMI.
But the issues with play back from sources that are from apps on the TV (like netflix or Plex) cause me to pause and wonder.
Maybe there is a setting on the bar (like upsampling or whatever) that is killing it.
Another note is that the time it happened tonight (wife watching episode two of dr. who's latest season on Plex from the server in my office) was that I could hear some strange artifacting from the speakers as though it was playing like only brief fractions of a second of the audio. I tried changing the audio modes on the tv (action menu, change from dolby to normal) and it had no effect. Then I just turned off the sound bar and the tv started playing the audio just fine.
One other concern is that some of the speakers (the one all the way to the right) you can almost hear some tinniness or crackling on some content when up loud. I think it may just be the content, and its not noticeable by anyone else in my house except me. Probably because I'm the only person in my house with Stax earspeaker at home, Beyerdynamic T1's at work, the list goes on.
If I need to send this thing in, I wonder if Sony has an option to repair speakers that may have crackling issues. All the content about this I've googled mentioned wireless sub issues, which I have none.
Anyways, enough out of me, or I'll never stop.