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Do I need a Audio Receiver ?

224 22 December 9, 2017 at 07:14 AM
Hi,
I have a sound bar which I use as ouput for all my devices(
Tv + Android TV Box+ Blu-ray ) connected to TV.

I do not want to change sound bar,I'm happy with it.i would like to do these two things
1)I have few music on Android box that I can remoetly control using Kodi remote.Since they are connected to TV ,I would need Tv to be switched on to get the audio working.

wondering if I need to buy a Receiver that can switch between multiple inputs without TV being on.

2)I also have a Google Home mini,wondering if there are receivers out there that can be casted from Google home so I can choose to play on Sound bar?

Sound bar I have is from Vizio,it has only one output Rca out connected to TV using headphone jack.


Any suggestions please ?

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Hi,
I have a sound bar which I use as ouput for all my devices(
Tv + Android TV Box+ Blu-ray ) connected to TV.

I do not want to change sound bar,I'm happy with it.i would like to do these two things
1)I have few music on Android box that I can remoetly control using Kodi remote.Since they are connected to TV ,I would need Tv to be switched on to get the audio working.

wondering if I need to buy a Receiver that can switch between multiple inputs without TV being on.

2)I also have a Google Home mini,wondering if there are receivers out there that can be casted from Google home so I can choose to play on Sound bar?

Sound bar I have is from Vizio,it has only one output Rca out connected to TV using headphone jack.


Any suggestions please ?



In all honesty. the quality of sound bar sound is usually somewhere between mediocre at best to lousy. Like anything else you get what you pay for to a certain extent. If you are happy with it for the sound of your TV that is fine, but I would point out that since you are using the TV's sound output to feed devices, you will always need it on to generate output and if you are going to buy a receiver, then I would strongly recommend ditching the sound bar and doing it right with whatever 5.1 speaker setup suits your needs and budget.

You could get a lot better sound for the buck being spent and have a real, expandable home audio setup. Otherwise, I would just live with the TV being on to do whatever you want to sound-wise. It will be a lot cheaper obviously and you will be no worse for wear. There is no point spending $250+ on a receiver and sending the output to some soundbar setup just to save a little electricity and wear and tear on a TV unless it happens to be a pretty high-end one imo, which from you description of its inputs does not seem to be the case.

My 2 cents.
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In all honesty. the quality of sound bar sound is usually somewhere between mediocre at best to lousy. Like anything else you get what you pay for to a certain extent. If you are happy with it for the sound of your TV that is fine, but I would point out that since you are using the TV's sound output to feed devices, you will always need it on to generate output and if you are going to buy a receiver, then I would strongly recommend ditching the sound bar and doing it right with whatever 5.1 speaker setup suits your needs and budget.

You could get a lot better sound for the buck being spent and have a real, expandable home audio setup. Otherwise, I would just live with the TV being on to do whatever you want to sound-wise. It will be a lot cheaper obviously and you will be no worse for wear. There is no point spending $250+ on a receiver and sending the output to some soundbar setup just to save a little electricity and wear and tear on a TV unless it happens to be a pretty high-end one imo, which from you description of its inputs does not seem to be the case.

My 2 cents.
Thank you,I agree with you; I live in an appartment and can't run high sounds to my liberty.Also don't like to run cables all corners of the room .those are the reasons why I back out.

Soundwise I'm happy, don't know if receiver is right for me at this time either.
Was thinking a Chromecast audio or the one in this link might be closer for me

https://www.monoprice.com/Product...k2-2917105
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Thank you,I agree with you; I live in an appartment and can't run high sounds to my liberty.Also don't like to run cables all corners of the room .those are the reasons why I back out.

Soundwise I'm happy, don't know if receiver is right for me at this time either.
Was thinking a Chromecast audio or the one in this link might be closer for me

https://www.monoprice.com/Product...k2-2917105

You could use the hdmi switch to bypass the TV assuming the Android box is powered on all the time. Imo, it is just replacing one remote (TV on, switch input) with another (HDMI switch, switch input). Outside of not turning on the TV and saving some small amount of electricity, it is not really buying you much imo, though for under $40 it is not like you can go wrong either way.
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You could use the hdmi switch to bypass the TV assuming the Android box is powered on all the time. Imo, it is just replacing one remote (TV on, switch input) with another (HDMI switch, switch input). Outside of not turning on the TV and saving some small amount of electricity, it is not really buying you much imo, though for under $40 it is not like you can go wrong either way.
I usually leave Android box on all time ,I will try this sometime soon.
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