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Can someone help me understand this please? I just heard about it. I have a Samsung Sound Bar and I connect it to my tv via Optical Cable and my soundbar plays on every device connected to my TV. I heard ARC makes it so you have less cables but it still goes from the sound bar to the tv right, and would essentially do the same thing the optical cable would do? If so which is better? Thanks.
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goggle or youtube tons and tons of info out there.
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Thanks I will check them out on my lunch. Before I watch the videos is it any different than just having 1 optical cable from soundbar to my tv for all of my devices?

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I don't use a soundbar or optical cables, so, I have no idea. I use HDMI/ARC in all of my 3 setups.

enjoy the videos, good luck.
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I am still confused after watching the videos. I have a single optical cable form my sound bar to my tv. I have a Nintendo Switch and Bluray player hooked up to my tv with different hdmi cables. How would arc hdmi benefit me?
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I am still confused after watching the videos. I have a single optical cable form my sound bar to my tv. I have a Nintendo Switch and Bluray player hooked up to my tv with different hdmi cables. How would arc hdmi benefit me?
All being equal (ARC can be a pain when it doesn't work properly), the soundbar would then work as a slave to the TV. It would turn on with the TV, TV volume control would turn it up and down, etc.

Depending on the soundbar, HDMI also allows lossless audio formats. Optical limits you to 2 channel PCM, DTS legacy format or Dolby Digital legacy format.

It must be a HDMI cable that supports ARC. Off the top of my head, anything v1.4 and above would have no issue.

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I am still confused after watching the videos. I have a single optical cable form my sound bar to my tv. I have a Nintendo Switch and Bluray player hooked up to my tv with different hdmi cables. How would arc hdmi benefit me?
stick with your optical cable.
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