I blew all my home theater budget on a new TV, a new HTPC, a new NAS, and new drives. Gonna have to stick with my old LG sound bar from 2013 since I’ve never had an issue with it. My partner doesn’t want big/multiple speakers and I’m not super into audio anyway so it’ll probably be fine.
I did sniff around a bit to get an idea of how sound stuff works and came across this extremely funny subreddit.
Tangentially related, LG are having a promotion where they send you a free portable speaker thing if you bought/are buying an eligible TV.
Sound bars are just fake 5.1 but if that’s all you can afford its better than most TV’s sound output.
I’ve got a 5.2.2 setup at home but the sky’s the limit when it comes to audio gear, some people
just go bonkers and end up spending a small fortune.
You don’t need a receiver that needs to pass HDMI 2.1 or HDR. All you need is a receiver and a TV that supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) or eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel).
Just plug the Xbox Series X straight to the TV through HDMI (make sure its 2.1). You have another HDMI cable going from the TV to receiver (Some TV’s have a specific HDMI port marked as ARC some others it doesn’t matter). Once you’ve setup the Audio Return Channel normally done through the TV and receiver settings all the audio will come through the receiver from the xbox. This way your TV can display a 2.1 signal from the xbox without having to pass through the receiver.
I have a Pioneer VSX-933 receiver its only HDMI 2.0 and my TV is a OLED LGCX so I will need to setup my new xbox with ARC.
I have used various 5.1 set ups for the last fifteen years, currently with Onkyo. The ARC with newer TVs is superb, meaning you don’t need a new AV receiver at all because a 5.1 can come straight from the TV. Even if your TV doesn’t have ARC, it may well have an optical out port which you can use in a similar way, feeding the TV audio signal into the receiver. Don’t just think about games, having true surround sound is transformative with TV and films too. A good receiver will also have Dolby or Neo6 to force 2.0 sound into 5.0, it is very clever indeed, so everything you watch is surround sound irrespective of the source.
Last two years I’ve had to use headphones, however, due to family. Anyone recommend some REALLY good headphones for less than £100? Currently using some Xiberia “7.1” headphones that are not terrible, but I sense I’m missing out on something or there wouldn’t be more expensive models… right?
I’m going to probably put the Series X in the theater room, but may go upstairs in the living room. Connecting it to DENON AVR-6700H in a 7.2.4 Atmos setup if the theater room. 4K Epson projector - should be a great upgrade from the 1S
While Microsoft has done good work with how the environment effects how things sounds, it still does not have great directionality, its like a recording somone in a church and recording the same person in a small room and then playing it on a mono speaker, while you can hear the echo from the church recording it still lacks sound source direction.
No game is anything like this:
I hope they approach something like this but im skeptical.