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Old 09-04-2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever had issues with their soundbar just constantly muting itself? Mine started doing it every few seconds. If it's not doing that, it just flips through the different inputs at rapid speed, like shuffling a deck of cards speed.

However, sometimes it will stop on the input I'm using (HDMI ARC) and work for a few minutes, and then go back to either muting or flipping fast through the inputs.

I've tried different cables, inputs, unplugging it, holding in the play and pause while it's off to reset it, everything I could find online and it ends up the same. I think maybe the soundbar is just dead/dying, which is a shame because it's only about a year and a half old.
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Has anyone ever had issues with their soundbar just constantly muting itself? Mine started doing it every few seconds. If it's not doing that, it just flips through the different inputs at rapid speed, like shuffling a deck of cards speed.

However, sometimes it will stop on the input I'm using (HDMI ARC) and work for a few minutes, and then go back to either muting or flipping fast through the inputs.

I've tried different cables, inputs, unplugging it, holding in the play and pause while it's off to reset it, everything I could find online and it ends up the same. I think maybe the soundbar is just dead/dying, which is a shame because it's only about a year and a half old.
The only possibility that, your soundbar is defective. Did you buy an extended warranty for it and if not, then you may have to buy another one. What brand is, and how much did you paid for it?
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It's a Samsung, and it was like $200ish. Just thought it would last a little longer before bugging out.
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Has anyone ever had issues with their soundbar just constantly muting itself? Mine started doing it every few seconds. If it's not doing that, it just flips through the different inputs at rapid speed, like shuffling a deck of cards speed.
It sounds like it's knackered, but have you tried removing the batteries from the remote and blocking the IR sensor? it might be getting interference from somewhere.
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If it was me, I'd stop using ARC. That pseudo-technology has always been a poop show. Glitchy as Hell. If the soundbar will allow you to use the optical out of the TV, do that. Don't forget to go into the TV menu and switch the sound to optical out.
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It sounds like it's knackered, but have you tried removing the batteries from the remote and blocking the IR sensor? it might be getting interference from somewhere.
I'll give it a try.

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If it was me, I'd stop using ARC. That pseudo-technology has always been a poop show. Glitchy as Hell. If the soundbar will allow you to use the optical out of the TV, do that. Don't forget to go into the TV menu and switch the sound to optical out.
I could try that. I just kept reading that HDMI audio was better than Optical audio, so I've been using that.
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I'll give it a try. I could try that. I just kept reading that HDMI audio was better than Optical audio, so I've been using that.
Is your soundbar HD audio compliant to warrant an HDMI connection but if not, an optical connection will be sufficient, if your soundbar is just 5.1 or has less channels.

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I wouldn't use the HDMI connection on a soundbar because basically, a soundbar is used specifically for audio only. Typically, an HDMI connection is used for both video and audio. I don't know why a soundbar would have a HDMI port anyway because, soundbars doesn't have video! If it was an A/V receiver then yes, but not a soundbar, which is weird. Try the optical connection.
Newer sound bars double-up as HDMI switch boxes these days, mine is quite old and has 3 HDMI inputs and an output. Newer ones will passthrough HDCP 2.2 4K and HDR.

ARC is a decent enough system from my experience, you plug the sound bar in and use the TV remote to turn it up/down.
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Newer sound bars double-up as HDMI switch boxes these days, mine is quite old and has 3 HDMI inputs and an output. Newer ones will passthrough HDCP 2.2 4K and HDR.

ARC is a decent enough system from my experience, you plug the sound bar in and use the TV remote to turn it up/down.
You're right, I forgot about the newer models. If this is the case, I would just get an inexpensive A/V receiver, with more features, functions, versatility and better sound more so than a soundbar.
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You're right, I forgot about the newer models. If this is the case, I would just get an inexpensive A/V receiver, with more features, functions, versatility and better sound more so than a soundbar.
I'm renting a small one bedroom and the living room this is in is only about 10x10. A soundbar is sufficient for now.

However, this soundbar has stopped working all together now. It won't even turn on with the TV remote anymore. Guess it's time to look into something else.

Polk had the best sounding one at Best Buy, but optical only for connections. I want the soundbar to turn on with the TV, and it seems using the HDMI (ARC) is the only way to achieve that..
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I'm renting a small one bedroom and the living room this is in is only about 10x10. A soundbar is sufficient for now.

However, this soundbar has stopped working all together now. It won't even turn on with the TV remote anymore. Guess it's time to look into something else.

Polk had the best sounding one at Best Buy, but optical only for connections. I want the soundbar to turn on with the TV, and it seems using the HDMI (ARC) is the only way to achieve that..
Since your current Samsung soundbar only last a year and a half (which isn't very long at all), I wouldn't buy another Samsung, I would choose a different brand. There a many soundbars and brands to choose from, depending on what you're looking for, and your budget. Before you buy, I would do extensive research online, and read as many customer and editorial reviews as possible, then go from there. You may want to buy an extended warranty with your new one because, it just might come in handy. Typically, an extended warranty doesn't go into effect, until after the 1 year manufacturer's warranty has expired. You may find this article very informative, when you're in the market of buying a new soundbar:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...uide/index.htm

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