Optik Remote programmed to control Sound Bars

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The current Optik remote is great, where it can be programmed to control your tv/volume/stereo/blu ray. However, sound bars have become very popular, especially for smaller living spaces that don't have big systems. We just have a tv and a sound bar and it would be very convenient to be able to program the remote so it can control the sound bar volume instead of the tv.

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Community Power User
Community Power User

We leave our sound bar / woofer on all the time. Volume is controlled through the remote. The Sounder is connected to the TV via an optical connection. Works flawlessly. 

CPU Alum
CPU Alum

A little tip on soundbars.... see if it's 2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, or 7.1.


2.0 offers stereo sound.  The speakers are larger than the TV, so sound will appear better than from the TV.

2.1 adds a subwoofer for those low frequencies.  Often people say the sound comes out "fuller" with more bass.

3.1 adds a voice channel speaker in the center.  This allows you to hear or turn up the dialog without needing to turn up the sound

5.1 adds rear channels.  Some sound bars will have smaller remote speakers at the back of the room.  Others will bounce the rear channels on walls and ceilings to get a similar effect.

7.1 adds side speakers for more surround sound.  If you watch Blu-Rays.... many movies are 7.1.


Prime time shows and movies are often 5.1 coming out of the Telus Optik boxes.  I recommend visiting Visions electronics and asking to hear the Yamaha YSP 1600.  This is a 5.1 surround sound projector.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNyBTQU9Aj0


The YSP 1600 is on sale at many retailers now and now to year end.