I need some clarification, as to be honest the Samsung support staff are hopeless with knowing anything about their own products.
I was on chat with support enquiring about the eARC firmware update for this soundbar, he replies to me saying it doesn't have eARC?!
the whole reason I purchased it was because of this update, I have the LG C9 which is eARC!
if they don't provide this firmware update to allow it, then this soundbar is going back for a refund.
I wouldn’t be surprise to hear in a few months lawyers looking to sue Samsung for this and make money out of this situation.
Oh yeah, Samsung and Stephen Withers, fake-journalist, who wrote most of the biggest Q90R soundbar reviews available on the Internet (since months), where he stated that most Samsung 2019 soundbars already support eARC. He even mentioned eARC support in Q90R technical specufication. And I am sure he did it for a purpose. He was the most important part of the false specyfication capagain.
Samsung needed someone who would do this "unoficially". So now Samsung can say "we never said eARC was coming" and Withers can say "I was given false information by an inside source". They both think the're covered.
Seems to be queit in the past few days with no real updates from the "journalists" or Samsung themselves. Anyone hear of anything new? i have 10 more days until my return window expires and if eARC really isn't coming i'm going to have to exchange this Q90R for a different setup.
Well. I bought this one and must say it sounds great.
It sais right there in the user manual that the soundbar supports: LPCM 8ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos (True HD/Digital plus), DTS:X.
There is no way that they say it supports that if the HDMI input is not capable of supporting that and I don't think you can get much more quality than that through a soundbar or from any input device..
Have you tested it yourself?
Last week @SuissoNaBisso and I played several uncompressed 7.1 (DolbyTrueHD) movies and Dolby test trailers and the soundbar played these audio formats via ARC (LG C9). (we used a Nvidia Shield player connected to the LG C9)
As far as we were able to test it, we have found no proof that it could not receive uncompressed audio files via ARC.
Aw, this is complicated.
Well, isn't it just a matter of connecting the source to the soundbar itself for the sound and using the ARC as a 4K passthrough?
And there is still hope for the eARC update right?
You can do that yes, but then you won’t get 4k120hz Pass-through when ut arrives, or VRR pass-through which is available today with nvidia cards
Also, the soundbar defaults to HDMI ARC every time ut boots up, so you would need to switch inputs on ut every time as well.