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  • #8086
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    I have an Apple 4K TV and I have a problem, my sound bar cannot pass HDR10+ or dolby vision to my TV so I can’t connect my Apple TV directly to my sound bar and my TV does not have any earc hdmi ports to pass the high bit rate sound (Atmos) from the Apple TV to the TV then via the arc hdmi to the sound bar.  So I was wondering if there are any decent hdmi audio video splitters so I can connect Apple TV to splitter and then audio hdmi to sound bar and video hdmi to TV so I get the best possible vision and sound.

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    What model sound bar do you have ? and is purchasing a second sound bar to expensive is say you do not have surround sound etc?

    Some of the high end 4K HDMI splitters can be expensive.

    Any idea as the Hz needed @ 4K for Tv’s etc to work well  ?

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    I made a boo boo buying this one with my new tv, I did not realise it did not pass HDR10+ and Dolby vision until a couple months after I bought it 

    its a Panasonic SC-HTB700.

    **EDIT** 60hz for 4K.

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    I see,  Yes newer Panasonic TV’s do  like HDR10+ and Dolby ;-)

    I will have a look later ..

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    Yeah the TV is amazing, it does Dolby vision, hdr, hdr 10 and 10+ and Dolby Atom etc.  It’s the sound bar pass through that has let the setup down.

     

     

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    Taking a step back, HDR10+ and Dolby can be streamed/moved by wifi/Bluetooth (25Mbps) as an example the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K supports HDR10+ and Dolby etc.

    I was wondering if (not familiar with Apple TV), if you can connect Panasonic TV and Apple TV  via wifi and then leave sound bar connected to Apple TV or change order slightly etc ?

    Only a thought and maybe an ethernet or USB connection on Apple TV or indeed Panasonic TV etc where you could attach a wifi card/device or run an ethernet cable between two TV’s etc?

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    Or connect TV to Sound bar via Bluetooth – less wires ;-)

     

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    Not sure I will have to do more research

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    At my place, I have an LG OLED TV, LG Sound bar and associated speakers and Xbox 1 X and Sky Q

    SKy Q and Xbox connect to TV via HDMI and everything else including another hi-fy system connects to sound bar via Bluetooth ;-)

    A lot of music / media we run just via our phones / laptops straight to Soundbar also via wifi/Bluetooth,  TV also has a dedicated wifi card (SSID) to connect straight to it via wifi/Bluetooth.

    Edit: If you do not decide to go wireless, then this splitter is a tad expensive but should do the job as it has the auto sense option which is very convenient.

    4K Vertex2 18Gbps

    or slightly cheaper option below both Splitters supports 4K at 60hz one has a remote and other has a manual switch so maybe worth the initial small investment.

    or, Apple TV 4K > Splitter > with one 4K HDR HDMI output going direct to Panasonic TV HDMI 1 HDR input and the other splitter HDMI output going into the Panasonic Soundbar. should do the trick but as you have realised, your Soundbar does not support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision, so you are left with HDMI ARC which is on newer TV (except your TV) ‘ etc. etc. for Dolby Atmos. (I think similar to what you detailed originally)

    You have been unlucky with your choices ;-)

    Alas your TV does not have HDMI ARC, then you are again stuck with just high quality HDMI or selling your Soundbar and buying an decent Sony Soundbar etc.

    Hopefully a few ideas to approach the challenge from  different angles, and on a budget, wireless is still my preferred option if I was doing this, asI do hate wires looping every where and making place look untidy  – but if sound quality is everything, then a new premium soundbar seems to be your best option ;-)

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    Yeah I did look at HD Fury.

    My TV does have ARC just not eARC.

    It’s just the sound from the Apple TV that’s the problem as it is uncompressed.  Quote from Apple site “Apple TV 4K uses a high bandwidth form of Dolby Atmos that doesn’t work over ARC connections.” https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204069

    My setup –

    Sky Q > TV HDMI 1

    Sound bar > TV HDMI 2 (ARC HDMI)

    XBox one X > TV HDMI 3

    HDMI Switch to TV HDMI 4

    Apple 4K TV > HDMI Switch

    Blu-Ray player HDMI TV out > HDMI Switch  (for visuals)

    Blu-Ray player HDMI Audio out > Sound bar (for audio)

    Amazon 4K Stick > HDMI Switch

     

    connected Apple 4K TV via Bluetooth to sound bar, not sure of the sound output but it did not sound as good.

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    For a test, how does Apple TV sound via HDMI plugged directly into Sound bar compared to say BlueTooth.

    Also, does Apple TV have optical connection (old school) ,  I assume quality would be relatively poor but worth a test maybe ?

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    It sounds better than Bluetooth, but then I loose HDR10+ and Dolby Vision visuals.

    yeah it has an optical output.  But I think I would have to disable certain settings in sound bar every time to enable optical input to work.

     

    Thats why I thought if I get a switch that has an HDMI audio output I could have all sound and visual formats on all devices.

     

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    On my soundbar, I can use  remote to select between Optical, Bluetooth etc. so easily done when viewing changes between TV,  laptop and other medias etc etc.

    TV is set for Internal speaker & Sound Bar so if soundbar is not On, then TV speakers are used automatically .

    I suppose HDMI option is easiest for you given the tech comprises you have.

    I read as a Brand, Monoprice (American brand) does rate well so worth a look for cables etc.

    https://www.monoprice.uk/

    http://www.orei.com is a good brand for HDMI Switches etc.

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    Yeah I can do the same on mine with it’s remote, but to enable the optical input I have to switch off the Panasonic viera link option.

    And my TV is set to sound bar and turns the sound bar on when the TV turns on.

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    Posh

    Time for a new switch that has an HDMI audio output

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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