ok please read. Good luck.
so I just bought the Bose sound bar 700 and 2 subwoofer 700’s and I was never looking forward to the hdmi arc connection. I have a harman kardon 7.0 klipsch setup. Something important to mention is I am not using any of the new harman kardon receivers i use a harman kardon 3650.
Harman kardon went down the drain the last decade...I bought my mom a soundtouch 300 which led me to get the newer soundbar 700 and subs for myself. And I am dreading the arc audio quality. Most tv’s have the option for multi channel arc functionality. My LG tv does.
My problem isn’t the capability. It’s the sound quality I get when using arc. So right now I use my roku that I run through my harman kardon receiver. when streaming music and watching movies I use my roku. When gaming I use a “HDfury” hdmi audio extractor that way I don’t have to run video through the harman kardon receiver.
Now that i have given an idea of my current setup which will be replaced when the Bose equipment arrives. Is there any fix to poor arc audio because very few forums show up when I type it in google. Another thing to mention is I see a lot of people saying the “surround speakers for the Bose are poor and quiet” and tbh this could be the output they are using. Or this could be the movie they are watching. In every movie 90% of the dialogue comes from the center channel. I feel like these people who buy Bose don’t understand what true surround sound is.
Surround sound is good when gaming and I think it’s good for music. The only thing I think it’s iffy on is for movies and that’s why people buy surround sound. Which is really ironic cuz it’s so mediocre especially with the horrible streaming quality which is compressed and terrible in general (especially on Netflix and hulu). Disney plus has the best streaming in terms of audio quality. For the Bose 700 which doesn’t have a hdmi audio input for whatever reason the Bose devs thought was a good idea.
I guess they didn’t think about the suffer in sound quality that is present when using arc. ONE THING TO MENTION! Bose automatically detects hdmi over optical. So make sure to UNPLUG HDMI WHEN TESTING SOUND QUALITY USING THE OPTICAL CONNECTION.
I would say for those gaming (Xbox or PlayStation) try both the optical running directly from the console to the soundbar and see if there is a increase in sound quality vs using the arc connection. One thing I want to remind everyone reading is there IS A BIG DIFFERENCE in frequency response vs resolution they are 2 completely different things. And many times a good frequency response can be better than a higher resolution stream that has poor sound aka tinny and flat. I am going to trying using optical myself because I hate hdmi arc.
I am very confused as to why Bose decided to go this route. I wish I had the option to use a hdmi in on the Bose sound bar 700. Ok to stay a little on the positive side streaming music directly from the sound bar is so amazing. It’s amazing. It sounds good. It sounds as good as a flac file. I don’t know exactly **bleep** kind of technology Bose engineers did to accomplish this. But props to Bose.
This is the reason I’m replacing my current 7.0 setup. Which is good don’t get me wrong but not even close to the quality i hear/heard from Bose. I wish audiophiles didn’t hate Bose so much. Cuz as much as buyers from Bose can be stupid and don’t know anything. Bose makes some good products because even tho Bose seems to be “over priced” my 7.0 system cost me over 2.7k and the Bose ended up being 2.6 so the price difference is so similar.
Anyways this is all I have to say and it’s 3:06 in the morning so I apologize for any typing errors or poor grammar