Originally Posted by Ellebob
Wanting ARC/CEC to work does not mean it will. I understand your situation and I hope you get lucky and find a combination that works as expected. While I may seem cynical about ARC/CEC my experience makes me not as optimistic. I work on a lot of systems a year and I know the customers I interact with value reliability and ease of use. In the very simplest of systems ARC/CEC can work but the more devices you have the lower the chances of it working as expected. That's why I rarely recommend people use ARC/CEC. Like I said I hope you find a combo that works.
The ht-nt5 works perfectly with ARC enabled. Overall way less quirks than the Samsung and easier to use due to the on screen GUI.
The Samsung is much more capable as far as the bar component and preferred the fuller sound without relying on the sub. The nt5 has a much more detailed sound than the Samsung but I find the sub too boomy and directional when set to a volume I want.
+ Way better features and connectivity. Eithernet, Chromecast, 3 HDMI in all HDCP 2.2.
+ Decodes everything except Atmos and DTSX, including lpcm in all multichannel configurations. Not a huge deal if using it as a 2.1 system but nice to have.
+ Better for music, by large margin.
+ On screen GUI makes set up etc easy.
+Everything just works.
- Gutless without sub.
- Sub weak point. Directional and can be boomy for movies but works well for music.
- Weird upward facing display can't see it when not wall mounted.
+ Full sound all from bar.
+ Bass better integrated due to being built in.
+ Arguably better for movies even though bass definitely doesn't go as low.
- Lacks basic features.
- No OSD.
- Wifi music needs Samsung app, no Chromecast.
- Only decodes DD 5.1 and DTS 2.0. Critically makes actually using the centre channel of this bar difficult.
- Half baked HDMI implementation very quirky for me.
- Samsung support has no idea what they're talking about.