Originally Posted by guitarguy316
I was comparing this to SH7B. I can?t recall where I read it, but the front screen (where it displays input name, volume, etc) NOT turn off, i.e. it??s always on?
Does this do HDR10 / HLG HDR pass through too?
I just got the SJ8 to replace a SH7 (both from Costco). Both of them have the LED in front. The SJ8 always has the OPTICAL display on, don't remember how the SH7 acted. Between the two, the SJ8 sounds much better to me, with better mid-tones. Overall, sound quality is very good and a major improvement over the Vizio SB3651-E6 and the SH7B. Its good enough to scratch my itch for wanting to get the SONOS Playbar that would cost 2x as much. However, there are a few drawbacks I've outlined below:
- Currently I'm connected via Optical to the TV. The problem occurring with both the SJ8 and SH7 is that when I am casting directly from Spotify, after a period of time, both bars will automatically switch back to the Optical input. Technically, I could cast to the TV, which would output to the soundbar, but that would totally defeat the purpose of having casting on the soundbar. I assume the TV (Sony 65 x900e) is sending a signal to the Optical input (even though the TV is off), which makes the bar auto-switch inputs. Seems like a stupid design choice by LG since it is happening in both products. I hope the developers somehow allow us to disable that "feature." This will also cause the Bar to display "Optical" every once in awhile, even though everything else is off. Not sure if this would be an issue with other TV brands. I assume this is a non-issue with LG TVs.
- If you plan to mount the soundbar, their brackets are really ugly. If the soundbar is black, why would you ship it with bare metal colored brackets that can be seen? I'm probably going to have to spray paint them black before I mount them.
- Manual is full of translation issues. Not enough to make you miss the jist of what they are trying to explain, but enough to make me question their quality control department.
- The MusicFlow app (for Android) is horrible, but luckily after the initial installation and setup, you don't have to ever use it again. It always wants to be running, even though it is pretty much useless. Why would I need MusicFlow running to play/pause/etc if I already have another app (Spotify) already casting to the bar that has the same functionality? Seems silly and redundant.
- As for HDR10 pass-through, that is a fail. With a direct connection [PS4Pro >> TV (HDMI 2/ARC)], I get full 4K RGB. When playing 4K HDR games like Destiny 2 or Horizon Zero Dawn, the PS4Pro auto-switches to YUV422 and everything works as designed, with no issues. With the soundbar in the middle [PS4Pro >> Soundbar >> TV (HDMI 2/ARC)], the PS4Pro no longer detects 4K RGB. The option is grayed out, and 4K YUV420 the highest choice available. What's even more disappointing is that even though 4K YUV420 is listed as compatible, there are graphic issues. Even though the PS4Pro and TV will run at 4K YUV420 with HDR, there are noticeable drops in frames (Destiny 2 rocket blast animation missing some explosion frames or gun missing when switching weapons). I could live with the downgrade to YUV420 if it allowed me to do ARC and bypass the whole Optical input auto-switching issue, but the drop in frames for gaming is a big NO-NO. BTW, all HDMI cables are 4k HDR compatible, so that was not the issue.
Even with all the negatives listed, I'm probably going to keep the SJ8 due to its overall price and performance. I would have to spend a lot more to get true 4K HDR pass-through in a bar with sound I like, seeing as how the SONOS is 2x as much and does not even have HDMI. For now, I'll just work around the issues and hope their is a patch for the Optical auto-switching (either by LG or by Sony)
EDIT: I was originally wrong about the SJ8 display turning off after period of time. It is always on for me with OPTICAL input.