Then Audio – shARC Review – Signal Processor for eARC to HDMI conversions.

After a few tries. We finally finished this review. I tried to make this stuff easy for y’all, but it’s not easy. Which is part of the reason I can’t recommend it. For those with a bit more technical knowledge, please read this description for more info as this contains info on when you should and shouldn’t use the shARC. This info is not found in the video.

**** Update: Found a list of TV’s and their support for HD/MA audio here (please note, I can’t verify this information is correct). Just an FYI, other channels are removing this information from the reviews. Sadly, many people paid a huge amount of money for nothing.
https://www.rtings.com/tv/tests/inputs/5-1-surround-audio-passthrough

Make sure your device supports pass through of MA/True HD before buying the shARC. If it doesn’t pass this through, then please save the money and use the optical instead. Also make sure your receiver supports these standards. And again, if it doesn’t, use the optical instead.

Also be aware that this list doesn’t mention any delay the TV may add to the eARC channel as many are reporting problems with many TVs. This might make the shARC invalid for your application, especially if it is for gaming.

IF you have one of the few TV’s that does support HD/MA, eARC, and doesn’t have a delay. Please post your model of TV and your experience in the comments as this may help others.

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Today we’re reviewing the shARC.

The shARC promises to offer you backwards compatibility with the new eARC standards. And this device does that perfectly. So why can’t I recommend it?

First off, you probably don’t need this. And if you buy it, you will be buying it for old equipment that won’t support some of the benefits eARC/ARC offers. Specifically, most modern TV’s have an optical output, and that optical “SPDIF” output will be compatible with most old home theater systems. You really should use that in most cases due to the limits most TV’s have.

So why would you want this? Well, the optical SPDIF output on your TV has certain limits. And those limits are that optical doesn’t support all sound standards. The important ones it is missing are all the surround sound lossless standards. Things like ATMOS. Which is why I bought it.

However, given my Home Theater Receivers age, it would only support Master Audio and Dolby True HD, not the ATMOS or DTS-X standards. And it would be worth it, if I could get lossless audio from this. But, my TV doesn’t even output the better formats. Then, we have the problem that the streaming services that we watch with our TVs, do not offer these standards. Leaving us with the bluray player and the newest XBOX/PS5.

And that leaves us with another cheaper solution, a Dual HDMI Bluray player where we can plug one into our receiver and one in our TV. Oh, and for you gamers out there. Consider that your TV may have a delay when using your eARC. And that a lot of users are reporting an inability to use their eARC in gaming. Leaving them with optical only. And many TV’s will not pass through the audio.

This leaves me with one conclusion. Don’t be afraid to use that old equipment. And use your money on better speakers, TV, Bluray Player or a new receiver. Don’t waist it on the shARC (in MOST cases).

Thanks, I hope you like it.