TV audio into DAC via eARC or better

My HiFi system is also in my main living room which has my largest TV for movies.  Currently running optical audio out of my Sony TV into my Schiit Yggy.  It's ok but something is missing for sure.  Xfinity 4K box is HDMI only.  Apple TV is HDMI only.  I would think the highest possibly resolution would involve eARC.  

I noticed the Lumin P1 has an eARC HDMI port.  Looks like it can also switch video sources but my preference is to keep video quality going straight to the TV.  

I know my compressed version of Batman on Netflix from my Xfinity box isn't going to be great but I need something better!

Thoughts?  Thank you!


I think when ARC first came out it was tough to get everyone to play nice together.  eARC seems to be more widely adopted.  Also the volume control built into eARC for use with SONOS Arc or SONOS Amp has forced the TV guys to get it together!  I think the quality of audio in eARC is much better than optical but the DAC guys just don't support eARC.  Maybe it's best to just use optical for todays high-end DACs.  

+1, @dbphd 

eARC + Sonos Arc for best sound out of your TV.  I was quite content with optical out from my old Sony TV to my old Sonos soundbar. But Sonos Arc + Sonos Sub has elevated my movie watching experience to another level. 

I came across this in an email from Schiit the other day. Might be just what you are needing or missing.

Several year back I had both DirecTV and Xfinity. One day out of curiosity, I compared the same program from both providers switching back and forth. Sound quality and picture quality was way better by DirecTV compared to Xfinity. Picture and sound were compressed by Xfinity. Now I have only DirecTV. So your problem may be solved by changing the provider. Just a thought.



Absolutely DirecTV has better standard video and audio.  Not sure how much longer they will be around with Starlink providing internet to everyone who doesn't have a cable provider.  I'm worried more compression is in our future not less.  I assume that means the chip uncompressing all the audio and video is going to be important.