Bose Should Drop HDMI
Over the years we have seen tech companies drop redundant and unnecessary technologies in the name of progress. Apple is famous for it all the way back to floppy drives, SCSI and more recently optical drives and 3.5mm port(maybe a little too far). The original Apple TVs were loaded with ports.
Bose has also dropped technologies with the view of streamlining their products. Whole speaker lines gone. Most recently the 901 with its equalizer, optical drives and a host of other obsolete connection ports. The SoundTouch Cotroller that looked like a wall thermostat - gone. If you look in the box of the latest ST500 speaker all you will find is a power cord and some papers. Indeed the line has been reduced to one bookshelf speaker. That may only be related to product deployment plans with more speakers on the way.
Up up until recently I held ground on the console approach last seen with the 130 speaker bar series and Lifestyle line. I have to say however lately I am seeing the logic of a speaker line with fibre only connections and of course the wireless protocols. While Bose still offers the Lifestyle series with its shiny console I beleive those days are number in the Bose universe any way.
I was was concerned about upgrading my older Plasma TV to 4K and what to do about the HDMI cables, HDCP 2.2 etc. Fortunately that wasn’t a problem with the latest lineup of Smart TVs. I expressed concerns that relying on the TV manufacturers for consistent standards was problematic. However I have changed my view for good reason. These TVs seem to be doing a good job with the Apps. Apple is even climbing aboard with iTune and airplay.
Fibre optic seems to be a great audio connection standard - still. I have a couple Solos that sport only a fibre connection. They have been rock solid. Fact is that on the advice of the Bose moderators I set up my new tv connecting all my components directly to the TV via the HDMI ports. Optical carried the sound. This was a work around to the 4K HDCP 2.0. Well in fact turns out the TV is doing a **bleep** good job carrying the apps in 4K HDR no less. Optical sound to my soundboard is first rate DD 5.1.
So now I have a 130 console sitting in between an aging Yamaha BD player, Apple TV and Cable Tuner. I would be happy just to clear that second shelf of my TV stand but there is a little matter of Live TV and cable for other users in the household.
I remain committed to my Cinemate 130 at least for a few more years because it still works so well and I have a long extended warranty. But I have certainly changed my mind about consoles v non console setups.
HDMI ARC/CEC represents to me at least a lot of problems and issues around varying CEC standards and 4K playback. Optical across the Bose line seems like a clean trouble free way for Bose and consumers alike. After all Bose need not concern itself any more with the video side of the equation. The TVs are doing that.
What will be interesting if the engineers will be able to figure out a ways to transport ATMOS over fibre if indeed ATMOS is here to stay.