Man, you are all wet.
Some of us like to control our TV with the cable remote - Thus, having one remote. Yep, I have smart remotes and learning remotes, HOWEVER, I want at least three remotes and the cable box remotes are easy to come by and replacement is free.
Setting up a cable remote for a TV is much easier than doing so for an amp even if it was possible. I want to set my amp's audio control AND FORGET IT. I also want to do the same for the cable box. Why, you might ask? Because I feed more than one TV from the cable box, that's why. So, varying the audio level from the cable box would affect all of the TVs.
So, yes, it does anger me that Samsung has made (and continues to stand by) the idiotic decision to not offer variable audio out. I mean, really, how much would that cost? A change to the TV's software?
What's more, it would allow Samsung to potentially sell to guys like me who PREFER Sony because the folks at Sony understand there is more than one way to set up a home entertainment system and want their TVs to be flexible enough to fit the needs of a broader market.
Maybe a financial incentive will wise up the bean counters at Samsung! But, I doubt it because I have been on this issue for YEARS - All the way back to when my Mits 26 incher went belly up. Sony was the only choice and, at $2 grand in 1999, it wasn't a cheap one. I'd like to buy a Samsung UN40EH6030 for $497 as a backup TV. But, the fixed audio out is a deal killer. So, I will have to ante up another $200 for the Sony.
You can believe what you want about headphones but I want variable audio out and have never used headphones with a large TV.
Again, how much would it cost Samsung to add variable audio out? And, if the answer is "not much", why the hell haven't they done it?
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