HDMI splitter for Samsung Q90T tv and Samsung Q950 soundbar.

hammerheadny

Novice Member
I have complex post-traumatic stress disorder and serious rib injuries which caused me to take narcotic pain medication daily to control the pain. I am pulling the little hair off of my bald head right now trying to figure out a soundbar and television collaboration issue so any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have a Samsung Q90T 65' tv that has one built-in eARC HDMI input (#3). I have a Samsung Q950t soundbar also with one eArc HDMI output.

The TV has a total of four HDMI outputs. One of the outputs is an HDMI 2.1 gaming output. I currently have a PS5 plugged into that HDMI output. I have a TiVo, 4K Fire Stick and Chromecast Ultra plugged into the remaining TV HDMI inputs.

As I see it (and I'm probably wrong) I will use an HDMI cable to go from the eArc HDMI output on the sound bar to the eArc HDMI input on the television.

My issue is that with only two HDMI inputs on the soundbar I will only be able input the 4K Firestick and the TiVo into the soundbar HDMI inputs. I know that I will beginning better features leaving to PS5 plugged into the television's HDMI 2.1 input. But I would like to have all devices plugged into the soundbar.

I have done a lot of research and come up with the fact that (a) there are no HDMI 2.1 splitters and (2) that you cannot use a HDMI 2.0 splitter or HDMI splitter of any kind going into one of the sound bars to HDMI inputs without losing sound.

Is that a correct synthesis of the information I've obtained or am I wrong and I can use a HDMI switch plugged into one of the two HDMI inputs on the soundbar connect my PS5, Chromecast Ultra and Firestick 4K directly into the switch?

Q90T manual: 65" 2020 Q90T 4K Smart QLED TV | Samsung Support CA

Q950T manual: HW-Q950T 9.1.4ch Soundbar (2020) | Samsung Support HK_EN

Switch: Kinivo 550BN 4K HDMI Switch with IR Wireless Remote (5 Port, 4K 60Hz HDR, HDMI 2.0, High Speed-18Gbps, Auto-Switching)
 

JBA6

Active Member
I'm curious as to why you don't want to continue as you are with all devices plugged into the TV whose eARC output then goes to the eARC input on the soundbar?

I don't have a game console so no need for HDMI 2.1 but I do have a CoreELEC media player and a Panasonic BD player feeding the one spare HDMI input on my Samsung soundbar via a Kinivo 350BN HDMI switch and this works very well for me.

JB
 

Snake Plissken 1997

Standard Member
I have done a lot of research and come up with the fact that (a) there are no HDMI 2.1 splitters and (2) that you cannot use a HDMI 2.0 splitter or HDMI splitter of any kind going into one of the sound bars to HDMI inputs without losing sound.

Not true, I run a splitter and get Dolby ATMOS.


Is that a correct synthesis of the information I've obtained or am I wrong and I can use a HDMI switch plugged into one of the two HDMI inputs on the soundbar connect my PS5, Chromecast Ultra and Firestick 4K directly into the switch?
Not true, I use a splitter that runs into my 950 and into the TV for a different reason than yours.

You don't need a splitter, you need a switch.
As the above poster mentioned, you should be using the TV to send all audio to the sound bar to be decoded.
The TV should be the switch, you have the correct set up, just not the correct method yet.
 

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