UPDATE: I am getting lossless audio from the Panny DP-UB820 4K Blu-ray player through the soundbar with connections described a few posts above when watching UHD Blu-ray disks with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
BUT for some reason I believe the Panny is down converting the Dolby Atmos to DD+ and the Dolby Vision from 4K to 1080p on Netflix from the Panny apps.
When I watch Netflix on built in Sony A8G apps, I get Dolby Vision at 4K but the audio is downconverted as to be expected since it is using the ARC output of the TV.
Will explore on the DP-UB820 thread but at this point I believe everything is working fine with the way the soundbar is connected to the Panny Blu-ray player and the Sony TV...
Again, this certainly does not compare to the high end separates audio system I had but I had no idea sound bars actually can sound this great. This soundbar is more than adequate for the living space I am today and actually found '25' to be too loud for parts of movies that have explosions, etc. and have backed off to '20' which I find to be louder than I actually need it to be.
Also not sure about the comments regarding muffled dialog - the dialog sounds crystal clear to me. Also if this soundbar had a middle channel speaker it would literally be inches away from the left and right speakers and therefore not sure if it would offer much. Sure the dialog would be sent to a discrete channel which would likely be same quality as the left and right speakers so I do not believe much is missed.
I do sit about four to five feet away from TV and soundbar in a relatively small room so that may be why it sounds so loud and great. On the other hand, in a large room with the left and right channels off to the left and right sides of the TV, a center channel would really anchor the sound to the screen and permit "off screen" sound effects through the left and right speakers. But for a small soundbar directly under the TV, not sure a 3rd channel would add that much.
Also not sure how much of a Dolby Atmos effect I am getting but Dolby Atmos (especially ) and DTS:X provide a relatively rich sound field and do not hear any direct localization of sound to the sounder speakers - rather a definitive "surround sound" experience.
Don't get me wrong, once I am back to living quarters where I can enjoy a separates audio system with all discrete channels surround me, I will certainly move forward with such. I just cannot get over how much sound ( and enjoyment) I am getting from this soundbar...
Sony XBR-65A8G OLED 65 Inch TV
Panasonic DP-UB820 UltraHD Premium Blu-ray Player
Sony HT-X9000F 2.1ch Dolby Atmos Sound Bar and Subwoofer
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