The only cec function I have lost by using optical instead of hdmi is the auto power on or off of my amp. I have to manually turn it on
I can still control the volume of my amp using virgins remote. There is an option on the settings menu to allow virgin remote volume control to control amp volume instead of TV volume. So my TV sound is permanently on minimum (off) and virgin remote controls amp volume
Actually you're correct there about the - audio sync. It wouldn't really solve the issue.
I could use optical but only from the TV to the sound bar, not from the 360 box to the sound bar directly (I'll try it later). This is because I use a few apps on my TV to watch content and my soundbar can only receive one input (I hope I've explained that properly).
Yes totally understand where your coming from. I have TV apps too and a blueray player and my amp only has one optical avd one hdmi. So I leave the hdmi disconnected. Unfortunately if I want to use apps or blueray I have to reconnect the hdmi to hear sound. Its not that much of a problem for me but I can understand for some it would be. My main viewing is virgin though and optical definately solves the problem. It's not necessarily a problem of virgins cause even though the old way of connecting worked with v6
I don't think dolby was properly implemented on v6. It is on 360 and sound is far better and properly in dolby surround. If you do a search on Internet you will find a wide variety of products suffer this sync problem. It's very common and is caused by the picture processing using hdmi arc taking different amounts of time depending on the TV connected to it. Only after picture processing is finished does audio then get sent to amp.
Using optical direct to amp takes the TV for sound anyway out of the equation
I have recently re-joined Virginmedia and we are using a 360 box and have noticed the audio sync issue, its bad on some channels. We dont use a soundbar just hdmi direct to tv for the audio and video. We only changed to Virginmedia because BT had issues in the bad weather so its very disapointing to have this issue. Looking through the thread there doesnt appear to be a fix or much of a responce from Virgin staff about the issue?
I started this thread back in October 2020 and have given up trying to resolve the problem. I now only use my TV with the soundbar off.
I did have a mobile number for a Virgin tech guy who was very helpful. He tried his best but could not resolve the issue. This included buying an optical cable but only led to distorted audio. We tried Dolby on/ off and many other settings to no avail. The last time we spoke he was going to escalate the issue" higher up" as he agreed there was a software problem with the 360 box, This after sending me a replacement unit with the same problems. Just to confirm my configuration worked ok with the old Tivo box and its predecessor.
It is now 3 months since my last communication with Virgin partly due to apathy on my part. I am now going to phone them again and will post if I make any progress.
Distorted audio on your soundbar using digital optical has got to be a settings issue on your soundbar surely. Sometimes you have to tell the soundbar you are using optical in settings. Was the optical lead taken direct from virgin to soundbar (ideal solution) or did you use optical from tv to soundbar
TV to soundbar would introduce all sort of settings issues dependent on tv model. I wouldn't recommend that
My sound is perfect using optical.
Unsure why someone has lag issues without a soundbar. That's weird though if I didn't have a soundbar I would definately turn dolby off as its not necessary with TV sound
Must admit I too have no sync issues with any other equipment I own via arc but the Internet is full of people that do have non virgin equipment suffering the same problem. The 360 software must have introduced something that causes this problem. However optical direct to soundbar definately solves the problem of you want to fix it. This is also the recommended fix on the Internet for non virgin audio sync issues