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    Sound advice required, please...

    Hello fellow HUKDers,

    I am looking for a bit of advice regarding my sound setup, please...

    I have a soundbar, which my Sky Freesat box is connected directly to, via optical.

    As there is only one optical input, and I want to connect other devices, I have had to use another optical cable running from my TV's audio out, going into an amp, which is then connected into the soundbar's white/red left and red input.

    So Sky goes out through the optical function, and my PS4 and Now TV box go through the other.

    When I am watching Sky Movies on Now TV, the sound levels are completely wrong on some films. The dialogue is really quiet, and as soon as you turn the volume right up to compensate, the action sound effects are deafening.

    I have tried adjusting the audio settings in Now TV, Dolby, stereo etc, but it still does it whichever is selected.

    Any advice how this could be rectified, please?

    Cheers

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    does your TV and sound bar support HDMI ARC? I had several issues with mine over optical and all were solved with ARC connection

    ARC gets the sound from the TV rather than the input device

    It should be setup that the TV provides the audio out to the soundbar ... if you have optical out on the TV, use this as the main input to the soundbar and then all audio sources going to the TV will then be routed to the soundbar.

    Sounds like your sky freesat box is outputting 5.1 to your soundbar when it should only maybe receiving 2.1 I would suggest plugging everything into your TV and then out of the optical on your TV if you have one?

    japes

    It should be setup that the TV provides the audio out to the soundbar ... … It should be setup that the TV provides the audio out to the soundbar ... if you have optical out on the TV, use this as the main input to the soundbar and then all audio sources going to the TV will then be routed to the soundbar.


    This.
    You are putting video from sky box to TV, but should be giving video and audio just like everything else. Then just send all audio together from TV into soundbar.

    You need a centre speaker, 5.1 to 2.1 downmixing isn't the best. The dialog is. normally sent to the centre but has to fight with the side channels. Have you checked your TV settings to see what you can do audio wise.

    Original Poster

    you_gotta_be_kidding

    does your TV and sound bar support HDMI ARC? I had several issues with … does your TV and sound bar support HDMI ARC? I had several issues with mine over optical and all were solved with ARC connection



    TV has ARC, however the Panasonic soundbar does not have an HDMI input.

    Original Poster

    japes

    It should be setup that the TV provides the audio out to the soundbar ... … It should be setup that the TV provides the audio out to the soundbar ... if you have optical out on the TV, use this as the main input to the soundbar and then all audio sources going to the TV will then be routed to the soundbar.



    The other thing that overcomplicates things is because my Philips TV is stupid and the headphone volume has to be adjusted by going deep into menus and ergo worthless as a function, I got an amp so I could have headphones in and adjust volume easily with that.

    So anything going into the TV goes out via optical and into the amp.

    The Sky box is the only thing that goes straight via optical into the soundbar.

    I know I am probably confusing the audio signals by it going into TV, then amp, then soundbar for the Now TV, but it's kind of how my setup has ended up...!

    Original Poster

    Britneyfan

    Sounds like your sky freesat box is outputting 5.1 to your soundbar when … Sounds like your sky freesat box is outputting 5.1 to your soundbar when it should only maybe receiving 2.1 I would suggest plugging everything into your TV and then out of the optical on your TV if you have one?



    The Sky box goes straight into the soundbar via optical, but actually this works well. The only problem I am getting is the Now TV (HDMI into TV > optical into amp > red/white into soundbar) audio levels which might be doing the same as what you are mentioning.

    Original Poster

    I think my answer is get a decent bloody TV. The only reason I ever got the amp was to be able to use headphones easily.

    Then I could have everything HDMI into TV, then all optical from that to soundbar.

    Why Philips had to make the headphone volume so awkward to adjust I will never know. Makes it so inconvenient when using them.

    TGPips

    I think my answer is get a decent bloody TV. The only reason I ever got … I think my answer is get a decent bloody TV. The only reason I ever got the amp was to be able to use headphones easily.Then I could have everything HDMI into TV, then all optical from that to soundbar.Why Philips had to make the headphone volume so awkward to adjust I will never know. Makes it so inconvenient when using them.



    ​Or a soundbar with headphone out socket?

    You could buy a 2nd hand home theatre setup on the cheap that would sort this problem out.

    On a side note as you mentioned the annoying headphone settings on the tv, you can also get Wireless digital quality headphones that uses the optical rather than jack and has its own volume so no messing with the tv.
    I got a pair of Sony MDRDS6500 for £90`

    Original Poster

    japes

    Or a soundbar with headphone out socket?



    This is the thing... when I was looking into buying a soundbar, I couldn't find ANY with a headphone jack! I don't know if I'm just thick or something, but something what you would think is so obvious for a soundbar, I couldn't find one with it.

    The only jack I ever saw was a line-in for aux cable?

    If anyone could let me know where you can get a soundbar with a headphone jack, I will love you forever

    Original Poster

    kester76

    You could buy a 2nd hand home theatre setup on the cheap that would sort … You could buy a 2nd hand home theatre setup on the cheap that would sort this problem out.



    Yeah true. The only thing is space, which I don't have a lot of in my room, so opted for the soundbar route...

    Original Poster

    rhinopaul

    On a side note as you mentioned the annoying headphone settings on the … On a side note as you mentioned the annoying headphone settings on the tv, you can also get Wireless digital quality headphones that uses the optical rather than jack and has its own volume so no messing with the tv.I got a pair of Sony MDRDS6500 for £90`



    Ah nice one, that is food for thought...

    If I had the optical out for the headphones though, how would I send to soundbar too? I guess I could just swap cable out whenever I need headphones, but would that wear the cable plugs out over time?

    Don't suppose you can split optical into two from a source?

    Thanks for all the advice guys...

    TGPips

    Ah nice one, that is food for thought...If I had the optical out for the … Ah nice one, that is food for thought...If I had the optical out for the headphones though, how would I send to soundbar too? I guess I could just swap cable out whenever I need headphones, but would that wear the cable plugs out over time?Don't suppose you can split optical into two from a source?Thanks for all the advice guys...


    Yes, you can get splitters very cheaply.

    Original Poster

    rhinopaul

    Yes, you can get splitters very cheaply.



    Thank you.

    TGPips

    Yeah true. The only thing is space, which I don't have a lot of in my … Yeah true. The only thing is space, which I don't have a lot of in my room, so opted for the soundbar route...


    You don't need much room for a setup as the sub is the only thing that takes up a lot of room but you only need a sub, centre speaker in two fronts. Price is another thing though the 7000ci is pretty small.

    ebay.co.uk/itm…806?hash=item25d59f92f6:g:iRkAAOSwJ4hY85E3

    Original Poster

    kester76

    You don't need much room for a setup as the sub is the only thing that … You don't need much room for a setup as the sub is the only thing that takes up a lot of room but you only need a sub, centre speaker in two fronts. Price is another thing though the 7000ci is pretty small.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Q-Acoustics-7000Ci-Centre-Speaker-Matt-Black-/162497794806?hash=item25d59f92f6:g:iRkAAOSwJ4hY85E3



    Cheers

    TGPips

    I think my answer is get a decent bloody TV. The only reason I ever got … I think my answer is get a decent bloody TV. The only reason I ever got the amp was to be able to use headphones easily.Then I could have everything HDMI into TV, then all optical from that to soundbar.Why Philips had to make the headphone volume so awkward to adjust I will never know. Makes it so inconvenient when using them.



    Buy headphones/an extension with an inline volume control.
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