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Old 28-12-2012, 17:01
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Hi,

A definite newbie to soundbars/surround sound connections, so I apologise! Kind of two questions in one really- how to connect all my equipment to a soundbar, and also whether the two I am considering have a good reputation.

I am due to take delivery of a 40" Samsung UE40ES5500 TV on Monday and I am anticipating the need to purchase an additional soundbar to make up for the lack of bass (I don't want a full surround sound system).

I was in Curry's today and two particularly grabbed my attention. The first to sound very impressive was the Samsung HW-E450 (220 from Amazon) and the other was the Orbitsound T9 (199 from Amazon).

What I am strugging to get to grips with is how everything connects together and whether these two units will be compatible with my TV - my new TV won't have ARC, which I think means I cannot do this simply via HDMI (but I don't think the Orbitsound has a HDMI connection anyway).

Basically I want to be able to connect my PS3 and Sky HD box to the Soundbar, and ensure there is no lag with the TV picture. Do you normally bypass the TV altogether and connect the PS3 and Sky box straight to the soundbar? Or do you just connect the TV to the soundbar? Bit confused!

The Orbitsound looks to have more connections than the Samsung (HDMI excepted) but then I am not fussed about the iPod dock on top, and the Samsung's subwoofer is wireless and has bluetooth. I think the Samsung just shaded it with sound quality.

I've also seen the Yamaha YAS-101 online (this doesn't come with a separate sub), but haven't been able to find much detail on this.

Many thanks for any replies.
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Old 28-12-2012, 17:10
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Usually TVs have an ARC ( audio return channel ) on a HDMI port.. So anything you watch on the TV will send a signal down the HDMI cable to a soundbar or AV amp.

That's the theory anyway !! Some Tvs its an optical output.

An AV amp nowadays will have 4 or 5 inputs , and 1 cable to the TV. The amp can be switched off and bypass the sound up so the TV can still be used for sound , making it wife proof or late at night viewing
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Old 28-12-2012, 17:35
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Many thanks for the reply. I am pretty sure the Samsung ES5500 series of TVs aren't ARC compatible (can someone confirm this?), so I will have to use the optical digital out connection.

Any opinion on which soundbar I mentioned is best or if there are any compatability issues?
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Old 28-12-2012, 17:43
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I think if the soundbar supports ARC for the future or has an optical input , then its really sound quality.

And for that you need to hear them. What about Richer Sounds and you might get to hear them ?
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Old 28-12-2012, 17:50
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The Samsung TV and Soundbar both have ARC so would seem the obvious pairing. Or at least that is what the information available on the Samsung website seems to imply.
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Old 28-12-2012, 19:21
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I will check the HDMI labels on the TV when it arrives and then probably get the Samsung one given it really impressed when I heard it in person.

Cheers.
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Old 28-12-2012, 19:25
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I will check the HDMI labels on the TV when it arrives and then probably get the Samsung one given it really impressed when I heard it in person.

Cheers.
According to the manual HDMI 2 has ARC (often wondered why input 2 and not 1 as I've seen other TVs like this, must be some reason...)
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Old 29-12-2012, 02:39
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The Samsung soundbar is a Which? Best Buy, however they say it is tricky to set up. Both Samsung and Which say the Samsung TV does NOT have ARC and I don't know why you are asking again, when we already discussed this on your 37 inch TV thread. If you weren't sure why didn't you check with the retailer before you ordered it? Yet chrisjr says it is in the manual?
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Old 29-12-2012, 03:11
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On this link there is a pic of the connections on the TV. HDMI 2 is not labelled as ARC. On my Samsung TV it is labelled 2 (ARC). http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/samsu...1207031898.htm
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Old 29-12-2012, 10:33
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Hi. Thanks for the reply.

I wasn't "asking again" about ARC - this post isn't about that. I clearly state that I believe the Tv I have bought isn't ARC compatible. I got this info from yourself on the 37" TV posting.

So my question was more about how you connect soundbars to non-ARC TVs and Sky and PS3,, hence why I was asking about compatibility on the three I've found.

When the TV arrives tomorrow I will more than likely contact Samsung directly and get a definitive answer.

Cheers.
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Old 31-12-2012, 13:47
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I can confirm that the ES5500 series of TVs DON'T have ARC functionality.

However, the sound quality is a LOT better than I was expecting, so no need for a soundbar anyway!

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