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post #811 of 816 Old 03-20-2020, 11:48 AM
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Sources Connected to Sony HT-Z9F Soundbar or Sony XBR-65Z9F TV First with eARC?

All, As a new owner of both a Sony HT-Z9F soundbar and a Sony XBR-65Z9F TV, I'm trying to understand if there are any advantages or disadvantages to connecting my various sources (a 4K UBP-X1100ES blu-ray player, a region free DVD player with HDMI, a cable box with HDMI, and finally a VCR with composite) to my TV or soundbar first (I already understand there aren't enough inputs on my soundbar for all these devices to simultaneously connect) if I'm using the eARC connection between the TV and soundbar. My thought is that if you don't have eARC on both the TV and soundbar then you would want to connect at least the 4K sources to the soundbar first so the soundbar could access / decode higher audio formats and then just pass the video to the TV, however with both the TV and soundbar supporting eARC is this still an issue? After reading the setup guides, manuals, and FAQs it looks like all audio formats will be supported by the soundbar fed via eARC from the TV with the possible exception of DSD... in this case, I can't see any disadvantages to just connecting all sources to the TV and using eARC to pass audio to the soundbar. Thank you for your help!
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All, As a new owner of both a Sony HT-Z9F soundbar and a Sony XBR-65Z9F TV, I'm trying to understand if there are any advantages or disadvantages to connecting my various sources (a 4K UBP-X1100ES blu-ray player, a region free DVD player with HDMI, a cable box with HDMI, and finally a VCR with composite) to my TV or soundbar first (I already understand there aren't enough inputs on my soundbar for all these devices to simultaneously connect) if I'm using the eARC connection between the TV and soundbar. My thought is that if you don't have eARC on both the TV and soundbar then you would want to connect at least the 4K sources to the soundbar first so the soundbar could access / decode higher audio formats and then just pass the video to the TV, however with both the TV and soundbar supporting eARC is this still an issue? After reading the setup guides, manuals, and FAQs it looks like all audio formats will be supported by the soundbar fed via eARC from the TV with the possible exception of DSD... in this case, I can't see any disadvantages to just connecting all sources to the TV and using eARC to pass audio to the soundbar. Thank you for your help!
FWIW, I had my ATV4K and my Xbox One both connected to my soundbar. Lately when watching ATV, the screen flickers a lot. Related to soundbar because when I plug the ATV into my X900F, I don't have that issue. For your question, I see no issue with using TV inputs for what you are trying to accomplish. Others feel free to chime in.

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FWIW, I had my ATV4K and my Xbox One both connected to my soundbar. Lately when watching ATV, the screen flickers a lot. Related to soundbar because when I plug the ATV into my X900F, I don't have that issue. For your question, I see no issue with using TV inputs for what you are trying to accomplish. Others feel free to chime in.
bodean, Thank you very much for your help! I will attempt this tonight and try to determine that I'm passing both video and all sound formats as intended to the soundbar over eARC. Thanks again!
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Oh I'm fine with the Dolby mode. I have real atmos in another room. It would be cool if they could do it without the odd sounding effects, but I didn't really buy it for that reason.
When I use dolby virtualizer nothing comes out of my rears when watching anything but a movie, when I play a Atmos movie dolby Atmos is enables with Sony sound mode on so dont see need to use virtualizeR?
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When I use dolby virtualizer nothing comes out of my rears when watching anything but a movie, when I play a Atmos movie dolby Atmos is enables with Sony sound mode on so dont see need to use virtualizeR?
The problem is with the Sony virtualizer, the sound quality is worse imo. The Dolby mode is more accurate to the source. I'm guessing in order to get stereo expansion into the surrounds, you need the Sony modes activated. I personally don't have rears so I'm not too worried about that, but if I have to choose lower quality sound in order to get that speaker expansion, I wouldn't do that myself. The Dolby mode sounds much nicer and more natural.

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Hello!

I'm having trouble setting up the db levels. I sit 1.5m away from the rears and 2.3m away from soundbar+sw. What db settings are recommended for each? Especially the subwoofer is confusing, should it be -db or +db. I really need help! Would like to get the same if not similar wow factor as in cinema, with a little rumbling yet not overpowered bass. Thank you kindly all!
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