Actually, having thought about it I'm not sure this will work with my LG C1? The Beam's only got a single HDMI connection so that needs to go to the TV. So if the TV won't pass DTS from my Blu-ray player then I'm still out of luck?
But the Beam2 only has 1 HDMI port...Hi mate, whilst an extra purchase isn't ideal you could plug your bluray player into this, It should then (once the Sonos has been updated) send the DTS codecs to its EARC port and forward the image to your TV, everything else (TV apps and other tv connected hdmi devices) should continue to work as before
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A touch of irony here I suspect.I wonder if this is a simple way of getting Atmos working in a room with a vaulted ceiling ?
No irony - I'm serious. I was looking into getting this in a Sonos pack with subwoofer, rears etc for use in my loft room. However, the cost looks prohibitive as does the requirement to use an iPhone to tune it which is very disappointing in that it only supports a quarter of the phone market. Oh well, their loss. Back to the drawing board.A touch of irony here I suspect.
I'm a satisfied owner of the current Sonos Beam. It complements my TV watching and music streaming needs very well. It has a nice warm sound without being 'showy' and adds some illusion of depth to surround sound transmissions. But, and its a big but, I am under no pretence that it matches the performance of the 5.1 system it replaced. I do not kid myself that a box 54cms wide and containing 5 small forward pointing speakers and sideways passive radiators can create accurate sounds coming from all corners of my living room. Sorry, but its just not possible. By tweaking the software the Beam 2 also promises to bring sound from the ceiling with pretty much the same physical set-up to accommodate Atmos signals.
Its true that these devices, and similar makes, can detect the nature of the signal fed to them, be it stereo, variations of Dolby sound or DTS but all that happens after that is that the software introduces a few phase shifting tricks to create minute timed delays to the various outputs. The illusion of surround sound might be changed, but it is still an illusion. The performance is also very dependent on the shape of the room.
One drawback with Sonos products is that the only way you can 'tune' the performance of the unit in your room is by use of an App on an iPhone. Android users are not currently accommodated. Apart from a couple pre-sets which alter the overall aspect of the sound there is no means of balancing the speakers manually or changing the bass and treble levels on the unit. In fact Sonos do not provide a remote control, you are obliged to use your phone (Apple or Android) or by speech, via Alexa or whatever service you use to control the inputs and volume.
It's a well made and nice looking unit and has all the elements of a quality product, but its not a magic box, in spite of the price.
To poo-poo such a fantastic setup over a relatively trite tuning feature seems pretty crazy to me.No irony - I'm serious. I was looking into getting this in a Sonos pack with subwoofer, rears etc for use in my loft room. However, the cost looks prohibitive as does the requirement to use an iPhone to tune it which is very disappointing in that it only supports a quarter of the phone market. Oh well, their loss. Back to the drawing board.
If you are buying the basic Beam plus Sonos rear speakers and a matching sub you are spending (with the current model) over £1500. To limit the fine tuning to iPhone users only seems a bit unfair. With my previously owned Denon Amp set-up you had the balancing tech built in and they provided a microphone to do the job.To poo-poo such a fantastic setup over a relatively trite tuning feature seems pretty crazy to me.