Originally Posted by conversr
Thanks, I'll post my progress (or lack thereof).
McDago, your tip on the procedure from p.21 of the SL10YG manual was a partial solution. After going through this procedure, I was finally able to get sound out the rear left speaker, but nothing from the right.
I played a lot of surround and Atmos demos from YouTube, via the built-in B8 ap and also via Apple TV to the B* HDMI 3. I also switched the ATV to SB HDMI 1 to see if there was any improvement over audio to the SB via ARC. I also listened via ATV to some music from my iTunes library but was never able to get anything out of the right rear, Morover, in moving around between SB position, the rear speakers, and my listening position, and shuffling remotes from the ATV, SB, B8, and cable box, I misplaced the tiny ATV remote. At this point, I was so frustrated that I decided to go out on the porch and have a beer.
Here are my impressions so far. There is good apparent movement from right to left, and some sound seems to be coming from above the TV although I never heard anything like sound from directly overhead. It was interesting and there was plenty of volume to fill a fairly large room. However, quality of sound was about what I could expect from 4-inch speakers, even though there are many of them. I listen to an audio test tone which slid from 2000 HZ down to 1 Hz. The sound was OK down to about 150, low volume from 150 to about 110, varying volume between 110 and 65, and not much below 65. The low peddle tone that I know is present at the beginning of Also Sprach Zarathustra was, of course, completely missing.
This is my first soundbar, and the only thing I have to compare to is an old 5.1 system with a 10-year old Pioneer 100WPC receiver, and 8” sub. For a weekend place, I wanted the convenience, simplicity, and ease of installation of one-piece unit with wireless rears. However, the sound is quite inferior to my old 5.1 system. I was probably expecting too much.
I’ll keep the SL10YG and try to get it working properly. However, if I had to do it over again, I would probably spend a little more and work a little harder on the installation and get a low-cost 5.1 or 7.1 system based on bookshelf LCRs, a small sub, and a low end Denon receiver.