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ARC or Optical

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Re: ARC or Optical

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@schnAEkator wrote:

Before creating a new topic, please search the Community to avoid creating duplicate threads. If you are posting about a problem, the more of the below details you can include (if applicable) the easier it will be for others to try and help. Go to https://bose.life/2K1GbJl for a helpful post on how to find relevant information, including your firmware and app version information!


It depends on what your TV can output and what signal your receiver can accept. You can get control features using an ARC connection not found with optical.

 

Sadly, a lot of ARC TV's do not output 5.1 for HDMI sources connected to them only PCM 2.0 (be aware that sometimes internal TV sources like apps do output 5.1).  Sometimes they send 5.1 from either Optical or HDMI ARC, but not the other... It can get confusing at times and the only way to know for sure is to test it out.

 

So, test and see if your TV outputs 5.1 or 2.0 using a source you know outputs 5.1 via an HDMI connection to your TV (just know that YouTube still does not support 5.1 as every audio source there is still standard 2.0. Even the 5.1 audio test mixes, if you download them onto a computer and check the media info, they are still 2.0. Even the original series that they have to offer there are in stereo)

 

But if your receiver and TV supports eARC, go for that.

00227116_HDMI ARC connection-2.png

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NeonsNight
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Re: ARC or Optical

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@schnAEkator wrote:

Before creating a new topic, please search the Community to avoid creating duplicate threads. If you are posting about a problem, the more of the below details you can include (if applicable) the easier it will be for others to try and help. Go to https://bose.life/2K1GbJl for a helpful post on how to find relevant information, including your firmware and app version information!


It depends on what your TV can output and what signal your receiver can accept. You can get control features using an ARC connection not found with optical.

 

Sadly, a lot of ARC TV's do not output 5.1 for HDMI sources connected to them only PCM 2.0 (be aware that sometimes internal TV sources like apps do output 5.1).  Sometimes they send 5.1 from either Optical or HDMI ARC, but not the other... It can get confusing at times and the only way to know for sure is to test it out.

 

So, test and see if your TV outputs 5.1 or 2.0 using a source you know outputs 5.1 via an HDMI connection to your TV (just know that YouTube still does not support 5.1 as every audio source there is still standard 2.0. Even the 5.1 audio test mixes, if you download them onto a computer and check the media info, they are still 2.0. Even the original series that they have to offer there are in stereo)

 

But if your receiver and TV supports eARC, go for that.

00227116_HDMI ARC connection-2.png

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