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Topic # 240351 3-Sep-2018 16:24
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I'm waiting delivery of my Sony HT-CT800 soundbar. Thinking about connection to my Sony KD 55x8500d, I have the option of either (1) optical in from TV or (2) HDMI ARC.

 

Which is the better option, pros & cons of each? I'm assuming that as both are digital, sound quality will be same via either?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2083380 3-Sep-2018 16:51
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HDMI ARC, then turning on the TV will turn on the soundbar, and the TV remote's volume will control the Soundbar.


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  Reply # 2083445 3-Sep-2018 19:39
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As above HDMI ARC and the above reasons too. Have this sound bar paired with a 65X9000E in cave, sounds great and the sub has a nice kick

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  Reply # 2083463 3-Sep-2018 21:18
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Perfect timing, I've been thinking about a soundbar for our Sony KD 55x8500c (just checked, also has ARC) but hadn't yet looked at soundbars. 

 

Sony NZ site lists the HT-CT800 at a RRP of $350, but Noels have it advertised at $800!  Where is yours coming from?





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  Reply # 2083464 3-Sep-2018 21:21
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Depending on how much other HDMI junk you have connected, you may have to fall back to the optical. I find that with 2 HDMI switches and 3-4 devices on each into the other HDMI input to the TV that CEC gets flakey, and that is needed for ARC to work. So often I will turn on the TV and the soundbar will come on but no sound, or else it will lose connection to it when I power up a console or something. Only a few sources and it is fine tho.





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  Reply # 2083534 4-Sep-2018 08:22
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richms:

Depending on how much other HDMI junk you have connected, you may have to fall back to the optical. I find that with 2 HDMI switches and 3-4 devices on each into the other HDMI input to the TV that CEC gets flakey, and that is needed for ARC to work. So often I will turn on the TV and the soundbar will come on but no sound, or else it will lose connection to it when I power up a console or something. Only a few sources and it is fine tho.



Sorry for taking things slightly off topic, but I think the OP already has the answer. I was considering replacing my AV Receiver, which is effectively only being used as an HDMI switcher (tv has built-in soundbar), with a plain switcher. But considering the above it might be better to just leave the receiver in place. I assume the CEC electronics in the receiver would be better than just a plain (uhd hdcp2.2) switcher.




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  Reply # 2083540 4-Sep-2018 08:58
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Amosnz:

 

Perfect timing, I've been thinking about a soundbar for our Sony KD 55x8500c (just checked, also has ARC) but hadn't yet looked at soundbars. 

 

Sony NZ site lists the HT-CT800 at a RRP of $350, but Noels have it advertised at $800!  Where is yours coming from?

 

 

I purchased from Sony online for $350 delivered. $800 is the RRP, the $350 is a end-of-line discount of over 50% over RRP. I wanted the either the newer HT-X9000F or HTZ9F, but pricing for either of these was too steep as this is for a second TV. I have been looking for quite some time and this price is outstanding for the specs (IMHO).


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  Reply # 2083595 4-Sep-2018 10:14
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Thanks, after having a bit of a look around I concur it seems like great value, so I've ordered one too.

 

It's not the kinda thing I usually buy unseen/untested, but 2 positive reviews is good enough for me.





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  Reply # 2083627 4-Sep-2018 10:57
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Amosnz:

 

Thanks, after having a bit of a look around I concur it seems like great value, so I've ordered one too.

 

It's not the kinda thing I usually buy unseen/untested, but 2 positive reviews is good enough for me.

 

 

It's a great purchase at this run-out pricing and the vast majority of reviews for the CT800 are positive. I've been looking at various Sony soundbars for several months and read many reviews. At $350, this is far and away the best price for specs I've come across. 


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  Reply # 2083629 4-Sep-2018 10:59
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for $350, the CT800 is great buying IMO. I had a smaller one (CT350?) and for what it was, it was great. The 800 will be much better than that.


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  Reply # 2083721 4-Sep-2018 12:09
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I've owned a couple of Sony TVs and I have found they play nicely with other manufacturer's kit via CEC.

 

 





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