Answered Controlling a soundbar

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    I am looking at buying a Samsung soundbar for my Samsung TV

    I understand HDMI ARC is best for controlling volume and off/off.

    This soundbar only has optical and Bluetooth

    From what I can work out, as they are both Samsung the TV remote may control the volume on the Soundbar but it still won't turn the soundbar on/off.

    Is this correct?

    I generally turn my TV off on the main power button so clearly it would be easier if it was all linked.

    Should I hold out for another soundbar with HDMI ARC?
     
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    What tv do you have?
     
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    Samsung UE50MU6120
     
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    Ah, no smart remote. But I think the bar should power off after a few minutes of no signal from the tv.

    Or perhaps the Samsung app may work with the bar. But I wouldn’t be changing the bar for what is a minor inconvenience.
     
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    HDMI ARC sends audio from an ARC enabled TV to an ARC enabled Soundsystem - CEC (which you require to be enabled on both devices to make ARC work) is the 'control' layer.

    HDMI CEC (Samsung call it Anynet) is not dependent on ARC so if your TV and Soundbar are 'Anynet'' enabled a single remote may still work for you - check the Samsung User Manuals.

    If your TV and Soundbar lack a common remote control you could consider adding in a Harmony or similar programmable remote controller.

    Joe
     
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    Just to feedback on this

    Samsung TV UE50MU6120 with Samsung Soundbar HW-K450

    All combos work with the Samsung TV remote (non smart version)

    Optical - switches unit ON and volume up and down work but it does not turn it OFF, but I believe the soundbar effectively times out after a while so may not be critical

    Bluetooth - works on/off and volume up/down BUT slight annoyance as it takes a second to kick in when the TV comes on so you initially get TV speaker and then it changes to sound bar.

    HDMI - on/off and volume up/down work and essentially is best option as it all works seamlessly with no delay

    So overall any combo works but may as well use HDMI if you have a HDMI slot on the soundbar

    I would rate them HDMI - Optical - Bluetooth

    I put BT last because of the sound delay but also if you use BT on the TV then you cannot use the soundbar connected to another BT device which may be a consideration.
     

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