As I was browsing the reviews in the Samsung Q90R QLED products page I came accross a reponse post from a couple wees ago from a "Samsung Ambassador" that says that the Q90R will get eARC support with a future firmware update. Can someone from Samsung confirm if this post (which I'm adding below) is legit and if so, can you also tell us if this eARC firmware update will be also made available for Q80R QLED TVs. Furthermore, if the post is legit, will this update also bring HDMI 2.1 support. (Fingers Crossed).
I really hope that you provide an update that brings 4K @ 120Hz to the Q80R, the ports are full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports... which means they are capable. To not do so would be sleezy.
I came across the below :
Samsung will not include eARC support on any of the HDMI in/out connections in its 2019 television line. According to Samsung spokesman Scott *****, eARC is not being supported in the company’s 2019 TVs because: “We are moving to a streaming world and the streaming sites are adding Dolby Atmos–which is a key reason you’d want eARC–through [the lossy] Dolby Digital Plus [format]. So we really feel we can support our customers now” with standard HDMI-ARC.
***** continued: “For those who are in a Samsung-only ecosystem with a Samsung Dolby Atmos Sound Bar, where Dolby Atmos would be important, we do offer HDMI pass-throughs on all of those bars to compensate for that.”
I think the ultimate Samsung TV will :
I suspect next year will be 2 of 3 of those - but if not, I think the LG OLED does all. I'd hate to move away from the brand thuogh - it's been over 10+ years with a number of Series 7 TV's in that time. More importantly, their support in South Africa has been absolutely top notch for me.
Samsung claiming that the world will be digital is pure B.S. When that happens I, as many others, will walk away from the content and boycott it. If physical media can not coexist then the content will die. Back on topic, I am in the market to buy the Q80R but will not go near Samsung unless they fix the eARC issue. Perhaps Samsung does not understand the reality of what eARC is. For gaming, you must connect your PC or console to your AVR to experience 11 channel Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. Without eARC, gamers buying the Samsungs for their "gaming" features are litteraly shafted into choosing either their high end multichannel surround system or variable refresh rates and resolutions. Why must Samsung put this burdon on consumers? Either the TV supports these features all together or don't bother at all because many can not take advante of them anyways. No one buys an overpriced TV with exclusive gaming features just to stream Netflix, come on are you for real? I will choose my discrete Atmos gaming surround over VRR and will choose a lesser priced TV from someone else. Get with it Samsung. We appreciate your dilligence in pushing Freesync and multiple resolutions but it does zero good when you can't even pass the 3D audio formats back to the consumers audio system. That restriction is a joke, seriously.
It's completely ridiculous that I have a $5000 8k tv and a $1000 soundbar and I can't use dolby without having a huge audio lag using ARC. The only way to use surround sound is to plug the Xbox One X directly into the soundbar and then I lose my HDMI 2.1 port and VVR and auto low latency mode. I'm not a happy customer.
Yes yes yes to the above, seriously Samsung WE are talking to you why wont you embrace eARC. I loved my Q6fn Qled until I found out it just wont play nice with atmos/vision. I get it HDR10+ is the "competing" format lol. To have to choose between 11.2 immersive audio or Freesync and the other gaming features I bought my TV for is a joke. I have a TV that supports ALLM, VRR and Freesync, a reciever that supports 7.2.4 dolby atmos and eARC and an Xbox One X this should be a perfect setup but this refusal to get with the times on audio period my tv dosent go past DD+. So because of this as I get ready to shop for a new TV for the Xbox Scarlett and Playstation 5 unless something changes you can be sure you have lost me and many many others to the rival OLED.
I wish I had been aware of this serious shortcoming when I bought a new Q80R last week. After buying four Samsung TVs over the last 12 years and being very brand loyal including other expensive Samsung home appliances I am now totally angry about spending well over $1000 on a crippled TV