Question Help needed with first false chimney breast


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Feb 5, 2018
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Manchester, UK
Hello guys.

Got a couple of questions about a new, false chimney breast I'm building.

Got the following items I'd like to install (had the tv already for a year, the electric fire and soundbar will arrive Wednesday so I'm getting the measurments from the respective websites online):

TV: LG 65EG9600
Soundbar: Samsung K950
Fire: Gazco Skope 135R
Sky Q and Xbox one X

If anybody could help with the following, would be greatly appreciated. I'm no expert on any of this stuff really just don't want to make a mistake so I have to start ripping plasterboard off after I'm all done.

1. Do both Sky Q and xbox plug into soundbar via HDMI and then from the soundbar to TV via HDMI? What is optical for and also do I need to be aware of this ARC connection?

2. Will the xbox one x convert DTS to Dolby?

3. Can I move the little white virgin media box where the cable enters my house to inside the chimney breast (it is on an external wall)?

4. Will the soundbar still produce the atmos effect if I position it in a small recess (I will upload a photo of the design I am roughly working to).

5. Anything else I need to be aware of or cables to put in that may be of use in the future.

I will try to upload some photos as I work through the project.

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum section.

This is what I'd like to finish like.

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Your design looks similar to my layout....

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