When I use that fraunhofer 5.1 test the rears do come on when fronts are playing and the rears also play rear channel audio. Not sure why.
When the bluray player is the source I dont get front channel audio from rears only rear channel audio when tv is set to bitstream pcm.
When I select bitstream dd when cable box is source it sounds muffled like there is something missing or a
compressed version of dolby digital.
Cable box audio selection shows auto detect dolby 5.1 whether bitstream dolby or bitstream pcm is selected on tv audio option. If I select pcm pcm on tv audio option cable box shows auto detect pcm 2.0
I don't see the point wasting time on such technical complexities as those mentioned above..Samsung have sold us a product that simply does not work - the fact we are discussing the set up in such details is ridiculous. I'm going back to John Lewis in 2 weeks when back in uk and showing them the almost 900 posts in this thread..I don't think we've put enough pressure on the suppliers who have a duty to sell us a functioning product just as much as Samsung???
I think limitations with DTS and lossless audio are fairly for the budget soundbar. And it's great that we can avoid it somehow for free.
But what I can't understand is why Samsung is not able to make couple of simple fixes for the best user experience.
I will try these 8 click manipulations, anyway, decent surround sound is still number one priority to me.
I am not genned-up on all the technicalities of Bitstream/ PCM /DTS 2 etc. To re-appraise myself of the specs of the HWK650, I revisited its product description on Samsung.com. Now, I don't know if I missed it before or not but underneath the description of the 5.1 surround sound capabilites with Radiants, an asterixed comment states the "*Cable connection required from Soundbar to TV to receive 5.1 surround sound". Is this an amendment Samsung have made recently to this page? http://www.samsung.com/uk/audio-video/soundbar-k65x/HW-K651XU/
I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that the cable connection was only required for non-Samsung TV's for wireless surround sound but was this referring to 3.1 surround sound only?