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Old 16-05-2017, 09:46 PM   #1
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Post Sharing | Xbox One | PS4 Video/Audio FAQ (Take note before buying)

Note: I am not a Sony staff nor reseller.
I am just a Sony user thus I am only familiar with Sony products.
Majority of my stuff are Sony.

This thread also applies to Xbox One also.
Think I be the first to start such a thread, however mod if
this thread is in the wrong place kindly let me.

Now I know most who buy PS4 are not connected to a
TV but a monitor.
Most will have issues connecting PS4 to your PC speakers
since not many PC speakers have optical input.

Unlike PS3 and older console you have RCA cable.
This cable is for Stereo (Left and right channel only.)



By right to get the most out of your PS4 is to have
a surround setup like soundbar or AV receiver with 5.1.
At the most have Dolby Surround support, DTS not really
unless you are gaming with a huge space than yes.
However there are a lot of options that most may not be
aware that most may not be aware.

For PS4 slim, unlike the first gen PS4 with optical output.
Those using monitor you will have issues.
Thus here are the options you can consider
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Old 16-05-2017, 09:46 PM   #2
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Using PC/laptop to act as Surround decoder

Those with no budget in mind, cannot afford
to get a TV and a soundbar.
You can use your PC/laptop to act as a surround
decoder.

Here is what you need:
A soundbar with Optical input like:
Creative Soundblaster Z - Desktop
Creative Digital Music Premium - Laptop
Connect an optical cable from the PS4 to
the line in.

Unfortunately for PS4 slim you may not able to do this.
You can use HDMI converters and etc. but the sound quality
will be comprise.
Alternate will be using the headphone out from the controller
but that is not advisable.

From the monitor, the sound quality can be quite bad.
The only work around is to:
From the monitor line out connect to a sound card/DAC
line in than to your speaker.
This is to amplify the signal thus the sound will not be quite bad.

If not consider a mini mixer to amplify the sound.



However if you use your PC to act as surround decoder.
You will be wasting electricity.
The sound will still be on LCPM/Stereo.
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Old 16-05-2017, 09:46 PM   #3
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Get a proper TV (No need for expensive one.)

PS4 slim doesn't have optical output which maybe
Sony is pushing gamer not to use monitors.
Especially if you were to use monitor line out, the sound
quality is bad since it is not amplified.

Cheapest TV you can get is around $5XX, like
Sony R30E HD ready
Sony W60D HD ready
Sony W610E HD ready + HDR support

HD ready means it is output at 720p only, 1333X768 resolution.
Full HD is 1080p at 1920X1080 resolution.
Full HD TV like S0ny W660E + HDR support.

Now don't say I only recommend Sony, there are other options.
However PS4 have HDR which makes picture even more crisper but provided you have a HDR compatible TV.

Playing on HD ready panel I could not comment but the resolution will not be that as full as with Full HD.
Those who want to buy PS4 but you are using monitor.
Get the PS4 pro instead at least there is a optical output
where you can try the above.

PS4 slim unfortunately the audio is routed through HDMI thus you need a TV to output the audio.
Than you can connect your PC speakers/cheap speakers VIA it's line out but recommend to change the TV line out settings to line out if not the volume will be soft.

Other methods will only degrade or thrash the sound quality.
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Old 16-05-2017, 09:50 PM   #4
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Sound system

If you don't intend to get a TV is also workable
but a TV is still highly recommended.
If you have TV that can pass through Dolby Digital you have
have surround gaming effects.

So here are few suggestions:
1)
Through TV VIA optical output

Cheapest soundbar will be Sony CT-80 at around $139.
Note this set is only available through Lazada Sony itself.
Other distributors will not have 1 year warranty.

http://www.lazada.sg/sony-singapore-...4169.html?ff=1

Unfortunately this model is not seen or found in retail stores.
But I also hope Sony could make it available eventually.
If more people buy it, once there is a demand I think they will consider bringing it.

This model you have to thank Sony SG for bringing it as there are other distributors who sell this but export set with no warranty so please take note.

With a proper soundbar, connect an optical output from your TV to the soundbar. PS4 slim and etc. just connect VIA HDMI, the audio will be output to the soundbar automatically.

The other model will be CT-180 but much expensive.
Difference between CT-80 and CT-180 is CT-180 subwoofer is wireless CT-80 is wired.
RMS power is also different between the two.

Remember to set the audio output to Dolby Bitstream for surround gaming.

2)
HDMI (ARC compatible) soundbar
Again I am only familiar with Sony product.
Cheapest soundbar is the new Sony CT-290 with HDMI ARC.
$449.
But you need a TV to use this.
The other is HT-RT3 5.1 soundbar with HDMI ARC. $5XX

Remember to set the audio output to Dolby Bitstream for surround gaming.

3)
Get cheap AVR receiver + 5.1 speaker/Home theater in a box

AVR receiver to be honest, is not that it is expensive
in the first place.
Since most places sales staff will try to push for
higher end models instead of budget or low end models.

Certain low end models does have issues which you
need to do a bit of home work especially HDMI ports.
The only known budget AVR receiver that I came across are
as follows:

Denon AVR-X520BT + Denon speakers
Onkyo ht-s3800 (Can be found at certain shops
even NTUC)

They maybe around $800 but varies on the retailer.
However these budget models sales staff
will definitely will not want to sell them.
For Onkyo wise you have to be careful of HDMI issues especially if you are using cheap/pirated HDMI cable.

Onkyo AVR receiver in my previous experience HDMI is very sensitive to the type of cable use.
Or just a home theater in a box with HDMI input but not a really recommended in the long run.

If you use a AVR receiver, those using PS4 slim and a monitor
you will not have any issue.

The only issue is convincing the sales staff to sell you the budget model which most will reluctant to do so.
At the most you advice you to spend on a AVR receiver setup
is about $1.2k minimum.

Than of cuz you can buy from Amazon which is much cheaper but you will face voltage issues. In which you need a step down transformer
for both the AV receiver as well as the sub.


Remember to set the audio output to Dolby Bitstream for surround gaming. Or you can set to DTS bitstream.
Dolby VS DTS, DTS sound is much beefy due to higher bitrate.
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Old 16-05-2017, 10:10 PM   #5
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I sincerely hope this thread helps, any question can ask me.
Since in the past I use my PS4 with a monitor before
changing to a TV and a HDMI soundbar.
Now planning an upgrade for PS4 setup since I
want to try HDR format.

For PS4, when you can getting a new PS4.
Do consider:

1) The type of display you are using?
Monitor or TV.
TV will still be recommended especially if you are intending
to get PS4 slim.

Since PS4 only have HDMI output thus you need a TV to route
the audio to a external speaker. Monitor line out is weak
thus the sound quality is CMI.

2) The surround sound setup?
Soundbar? Home theater in a box? Or a proper AV receiver
with 5.1 speakers.

But I still recommend for gamer try to get a cheap TV to pair with your TV.
TV have a much higher refresh rate than monitor and not to mention it is bigger.

Once you have a TV, if you wish to consider other surround sound options that I leave it up to you or at a later time.
Any question feel free to ask.
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