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Bose soundbar 500 switch between optical and hdmi source

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If we connect Bose 500 soundbar with both optical and hdmi cable which source will be priority? Is there anyway to switch between sources by connecting both? Can we use hdmi only for CEC and optical cable for sound output?

Reason is some sony tv’s has better sound output via optical compared to ARC.

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Re: Bose soundbar 500 switch between optical and hdmi source

Hey @kirankasa,

 

That's a great question! With both cables connected, you can control CEC and choose to have audio through optical, only if your TV has HDMI-CEC. But, with HDMI-CEC active, you'll only need to use the HDMI cable. But, if you need to use both cables, you'll have to manually set your TV audio settings to choose optical audio output over HDMI audio.

 

However, there will be no difference in the quality of sound whether you choose HDMI or optical. I hope this helps - let me know if you have any other queries.

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Re: Bose soundbar 500 switch between optical and hdmi source

Hi Sam,

Thanks for your response. Can u please clarify if both cables are connected which will be priority? It looks like sony 8200e is diminishing audio quality so planning to directly input ps4 to soundbar via optical and normal TV via HDMI ARC. 

 

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Re: Bose soundbar 500 switch between optical and hdmi source

Thanks for coming back to us!

 

To clarify, you're going to choose only one input source so you hear whatever is connected to that input if you only power on the device you want to hear. It will only pick the first source it detects if you power on multiple devices.

 

If more than one device is powered on, your speaker will automatically select the device it detects first, which might not be the one you want to hear.

 

I hope this helps! 

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