I also have a Q80R QLED TV, but attached to a Q70R soundbar. Yesterday, I installed firmware 1315.4 that was just release and found that the Lip-Sync issue from my cable box was "somewhat" diminished, but I could be wrong. (Cable box is connected to a HDMI port on the TV and the TV is connected via HDMI (ARC) to the soundbar) To me it appears that the Lip-Sync issue is less noticeiable in some channels after the firmware update, but it is still apparent in other channels. The only way I can get rid of the Lip-Sync issue from my cable box to the soundbar, as currently connected, is to set the Audio Ouput Format to PCM. But, once changed to PCM you loose the enhanced audio formats (Dolby) features.
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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).
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I just updated my Q80R QLED TV from firmware 1065.0 to firmware 1303.7. I was hopping that this update would bring the functionality to allow the QLED TV to pair to the Q70R Soundbar using eARC instead of just ARC, but I guess it was wishfull thinking. I still can't select Dolby Digital + while the Samsung QLED TV and Soundbar are connected via ARC (HDMI) as described in the info on right panel of that setting. I used the HDMI cable "included" with the Soundbar and other HDMI cables just in case, but still no dice. I can't find any "official" Samsung announcement that says that the Q70R Soundbar with firmware 1006.0 supports eARC. Also, if "any" of the 2019 QLED TV series QxxR will support eARC with a future firmware updates. If somone has a pointer to such announcement, please post it here. - The release notes associated with each new firmware release are useless.
6.- For testing ATMOS using a USB Stick and the native TV media player, I download a video file from The Digital Theater here - I used the trailer called "Nature's Fury (Dolby Digital Plus ATMOS)" to test.
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I bought a Samsung HW-Q70R to pair with my Samsung Q80R QLED TV and have few questions and observations that need some clarification as neither the TV nor the Soundbar user manuals address any of these topics. 1. - The HW-Q70R was updated to firmware 1006.0 dated May 27, 2019 soon after I installed it. I read in a couple places that this firmware update added eARC support to the Soundbar. Can someone from Samsung support verify or deny that eARC support was added? - While connected to the Q80R via HDMI ARC the Soundbar LEDs displays "TV ARC", but the TV's Sound Output setting shows "[AV] Soundbar Q70R (HDMI)" . I expected to see something like "...(HDMI ARC)" and/if when the Q80R supports eARC via a firmware update, I would expect to see "...(HDMI eARC)". 2.- I noticed that while the Q70R is connected via HDMI ARC that under Sound -> Expert Setting in the TV, the "Digital Output Audio Format" defaults to "Dolby Digital" - One can manually select the PCM option, but the Dolby + option is Greyed Out. Under which connection conditions is Dolby + available? I thought that this option would be available if the TV was connected to the Soundbar via HDMI ARC.
3. - I also noticed that by default the "Digital Output Audio Delay" in the TV is set to 300 by default. (Sync is set to 0 by default in the Soundbar). When this option is selected in the TV the panel to the right describes this setting as only being available when the connected device (Soundbar) is connected via SPDIF . Should I assume that this setting also works with devices connected via HDMI ARC? When I move the slider to adjust the delay it "appears" to adjust the HDMI audio delay a little bit. Am I seeing-hearing things? If this setting is only available for SPDIF attached devices why is it displayed when there's nothing connected to the SPDIF out of my TV? - Sometimes I have a slight audio sync delayed that is noticeable when you look closely at the lips of the speakers. I can sometimes fix it by turning the TV and Soundbar on/off. 4.- My "2019 QLED" TV is this year's model and so is the Soundbar. Still under input sources in the TV there is no option to add a "Soundbar". I had to select "Home Theater System" which I and many others my associate with an AV Receiver. This needs to be updated, given that Samsung has been making TVs and Soundbars for a while. 5.- SmartThings - I've looked around the Samsung support site, but I have been unable to find a User's Guide for the SmartThings App. - After connecting the Soundbar and TV to the network and adding them to SmartThings, I got 3 widgets on the SmartThings Home page. The TV widget, which allows me to remotely control the TV and perform other tasks, the Soundbar widget, which allow me to remotely control certain Soundbar functions and a Soundbar "Music Player " widget . What is this Music Player widget used for? It doesn't control the Music Services (TuneIn) and the USB port in the Soundbar is only supposed to be used for maintenance (Firmware updates). Can I add media files to a USB stick, connect them to the USB port and play them on the Soundbar using the "Music Player"? - Under the SmartThing Soundbar widget there's a this "Music Services" selection which shows "TuneIn" as the only available service. I added my TuneIn account and I'm able play radio statations from the Soundbar. Can I add more "Music Services" manually and if so... how? Are these "Music Services" added by Samsung via firmware updates or some other cloud service? - In the Soundbar widget there's also a way to adjust the volume level for the Woofer, but there's no way to adjust the volume of my rear SWA-8500S BT speakers that are also paired to the Soundbar. Is volume adjustment for these rear (optional) speakers something that we can expect in future releases of SmartThings?
6.- TV Apps + online content to use for testing. - I don't have a Blu-Ray player, but I have a Nvidia Shield TV. Is there any video content (file) available online that I can use either via the Shield TV or via one of the TV Apps (Youtube, Prime... etc) that will help me test the DTS:X and ATMOS capabilities of this Soundbar using the Q80R QLED TV? Samsung should add small one minute or so video to test the features and functions of their TVs and also for use in checking/testing the Samsung accessories recommended for said TV.
I'm sure I have other things that need clarifications, but these are the one that come to mind now. Hopefully, others will add their observations, questions and concerns about the Q70R Soundbar features and behavior to this thread. I certanly will if any others come to mind.
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I fixed my contacts sync issues by clearing the data from the Gear S Plugin. Backup all your S3 data before you do this as after clearing the data from the Gear S Plugin... one of the steps to complete the process requires resetting the S3 in order to re-sync everything.
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