Hey, so I am getting a new LG OLED tv (LG OLED65C8) as well as upgrading to a PS4 Pro for Red Dead II. It didn't really dawn on me that with all this upgrading I should probably get an audio set up or sound bar of some kind. I have always used tv speakers, which I now know is a terrible way to listen to movie/tv/games, shame on me.
I thought buying a new TV would be a tough choice! Good lord, for a guy who has never even considered an audio system of any kind, looking for the right sound bar/ sound bar with sub/ sound bar with sub and rear speakers has become this dark rabbit hole of information. I'm finding I have to juggle so many variables and feature a sound bar can offer (4k or HDR through put, dolby atmos, DTS: X, how many HDMI ports, blue tooth, wifi, the channels). I have done some hard core research on pretty much every "best of" list from CNET, tech radar, youtube set ups, if you google sound bar and some kind of list or review I've probably looked at it or watched it. I should probably say that I will use a PS4, a cable box and apps on the tv (such as netflix or amazon) for this tv. I don't plan on using it to stream music much, my place is small so I don't plan on needing multiple speakers in multiple rooms which is why I'm not super interested in getting into the sonos ecosystem. My living room is a perfect square with 9' plaster ceilings so sound will probably carry nicely with whatever I get.
But still I am locked with fear and can't seem to pull the trigger on a sound system. I know what I am getting with a top of the line TV but I don't want to invest a bunch of money in an audio set up that works half right. For instance I was seriously considering throwing down for a Samsung HW-N950 set up. It seemed to hit all of the boxes of a good high end system: easy to set up, has dolby atmos, 4k and HDR video pass, wireless rear speakers that only need to be plugged into a power outlet. It all seemed great. But as I look at reviews, atmos via arc doesn't work with peoples consoles? Again I am very new but the consensus is the full set of features doesn't work for a lot of people and they are hoping it'll be fixed with a patch or HDMI 2.1 cords that should fix this problem down the line. I don't want to invest well over a $1,000 for hoping something will get fixed later.
This leads me to my questions:
1.) For setting up a sound bar I will have two media boxes that need to go into the tv (the PS4 and the cable box). Should I look for a sound bar that has 2 HDMI's "in's" and have one HDMI go into the hdmi arc port. Is this the right way I should go about setting up my system? (again apparently people are losing rear channels and atmos when doing this with the Samsung 950). Or am I thinking about this all wrong and should I just plug my stuff directly into the tv and then push sound from the tv to the sound bar?
2.) What do you all have in terms of equipment and set up? I like the simplicity of a sound bar and subwoofer with my first go of things. I'm not looking to get different speakers and have to wire the whole place with my first audio set up. I like the idea of starting with a sound bar with subwoofer because literally anything better than tv speakers will suffice. But is something like dolby atmos and rear speakers necessary for my first outing? I'm just nervous reading so many people who are having all sorts of issues setting up their super expensive systems. Sorry about the length. Any advice would be great, I have spent the past 3 days going over every scrap of info I can find and I just feel lost. T