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.
Microsoft just announced hdmi2.1 support, ofc PS5 will have ut. This is not some "out of this world" setup. Neither is playing BF1 on my potato computer, and it supports atmos sound atm if only the soundbar supported eARC.
also, I literally only watch 4K shows these days. Everything but HBO is in 4K, which will probably be 4K in 6 months with hbo max. This isn't some extreme case either, 4K is available a plenty.
@smuller76, thanks for clarifying. So does it mean, if i use the streaming app (like Netfix, Hulu, Prime Video, Youtube) from my xbox do i still get the complete loseless audio on my soundbar? OR It will still deliver DD+ 5.1 losy atmos?
Actually i was just checking the reviews of Q90R, as per the techradar (https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-hw-q90r-soundbar) Q90r should be supporting eARC feature. Not sure whether this is a true statement.
Just to correct some of the info written above. Yes, you can send DD+ with Atmos over ARC; however, ARC is limited to a bitrate of 1Mbps, so there are limitations to the types of DD+ streams that can be sent. Someone mentioned 15? channels of audio over DD+; yes, but unlikey over ARC since the sound quality would be quite poor fitting 15 channels into 1Mbps of bitrate. DD+ itself supports a maximum bitrate of 6Mbps (over HDMI direct, or eARC).