I am the same way. My main setup has been accompanied with a surround sound system for over 25 years, and even before ProLogic systems were available I ran my TV and VCR sound through a stereo receiver -- even going back to my bachelor apartment days in the 1980's.I've had my main TV running through some form of surround receiver for 20+ years. Everything is watched on the main TV using the A/V receiver for the fullest sound, be it surround or other. I can't recall the last time I've used just the TV speakers with our main TV. I enjoy the full surround sound and clarity of the dialogue and the ambiance you get with multiple speakers.
Now with bedroom TV's I've never gone the 5.1 route. It's just the TV speakers.
With the viewing situations you describe in mind, along with the wife’s not wanting to deal with the AVR setting every time she turns in the TV, I’ve had to come up with a two tier setup on the main HT. One is a simple sound bar setup and the other of course is the full AVR setup.Josh, I think your idea of separating television shows for a TV and movies for projection works great for you, but one of the things I adored about the rise of surround sound in the home was that high definition television programs began to take on the quality of movies when shown with their full sound palettes. I would NEVER watch a television program without my sound system in operation; even old mono shows like Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, or The Dick Van Dyke Show are more enjoyable for me when the sound they have to offer is as robust as can be.
When I got my OLED two years ago, my plasma migrated into my living room, and while I didn't want to set up a full surround system in there, too, I bought a 2.1 soundbar/sub to fill that room with sound whenever I am in there watching something either on disc, over the air, or streaming. I want full-bodied sound whenever I am viewing something. (I live alone, so I don't have to worry about a partner being disturbed somewhere else by the sound levels in the house. I know others' mileage may vary according to their own situations.)
I'm not surprise that the 4KATV picture looks better. I have a Roku and 4KATV in each of my three home theaters and I think the 4KATV outperforms the Roku in each HT location.Apropos of nothing, I had an interesting observation.
Using the TV’s built-in Roku, I downloaded the Vudu app and tried playing clips from some movies that I had HD (not 4K) streaming copies of, like Avengers: Infinity War. On the TV’s Vudu app, I thought it looked good but not as good as the Blu-ray disc. The image looked “thin” for lack of a better description, with weak color and contrast, and the faintest hint of digital compression.
I was gifted an AppleTV 4K for Christmas. I just set that up and I also downloaded the Vudu app on it. I pulled up that same HD (not 4K) version of Avengers: Infinity War on the AppleTV’s Vudu app, and it looked a lot better than it did using the Roku Vudu app. The thinness I noticed was gone, and the image seemed strong and colorful, almost identical to the Blu-ray disc.
First time I’ve done that A/B comparison on this set.
I had my Roku units prior to buying my 4KATV units and then Movies Anywhere came along which changed everything along with the Vudu app and Dolby Atmos support later on iTunes/4KATV.Why both? Does the Roku do something the ATV can’t?