Question Setup advice


Standard Member
I've just purchased a soundbar which is arriving tomorrow. Its my first soundbar so I need some advice on the best setup.

This is my current setup :

Nvidia shield & Virgin cable box going into a Samsung 55" 4k TV via the tv's hdmi 2.0 ports. I use my shield far more than the virgin box. TV has 1 free hdmi port which is also the arc port.

My new soundbar (LG SL6Y) has 2 hdmi ports. 1 is the arc port and other is a standard input. They are hdmi 1.4 though.

Since I use my shield most, I've read that its best to go shield > soundbar > TV via arc. But the problem is that the sound bar is only hdmi 1.4. I'm not sure how that would affect the 4k streaming.

So is it OK to keep the shield and virgin box plugged directly into the TV and then connect the soundbar to the 3rd hdmi arc port ? I've read somewhere that this could cause lip sync issues though.

Hope this makes sense. Cheers


Active Member
If the ARC connections on your new soundbar and your TV are both to the eARC standard then you can connect your Shield and Virgin box to the TV which would then feed the soundbar with correctly synced audio and video. If however the two are not to the eARC standard then going by my experience you will need to connect your Shield and Virgin box to the soundbar which then feeds the TV to avoid audio/video sync problems. I have to do this with our Shield and BD player when used with our soundbar which only has one HDMI input for media players. The solution to this problem was to use one of these which works perfectly and allows more than one HDMI source to feed a single HDMI input:
Amazon product
The limitation with HDMI 1.4 is that it supports 4K at a max of 30Hz which may well be all you need for most media on your Shield and Virgin box. Sources that generate 4K at 60Hz and higher are mostly but not exclusively games consoles.


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