Dumb question just brought a Bose 500, I only have 3 hdmi ports so would prefer to use optic out instead of an hdmi switch . Is the Bose fine with just using optic out instead of the hdmi arc? Cheers Stu
Are you using the Bose surround speakers?
If so, plug your sources into the bar.
If you're not, plug them wherever they will fit... as the Bose bar is effectively going to work fine as a 2.0/2.1 bar.
HDMI switches are largely the devil if you're looking to use ARC / hope for maximum compatibility... unless you have a Logitech (or similar remote) and the HDMI switch is controllable via an IR remote.
My HDMI switch is controllable from an IR remote and I said it's integrated into my Harmony. Best solution IMHO so no dealing with the TV and ARC etc. Only thing I haven't tested is if the switch will pass a 4K signal since I don't have a 4K TV but it certainly passes Dolby TrueHD with Atmos and is HDCP compliant.