While I don't trust your 99% statistics, I also don't care how others do it. It doesn't take only a minute to check it because the TV is wall-mounted and the connections are so far behind the TV that I would have to unmount it; additionally, the problem starts after I've watched a show about 10 minutes or so. Why am I not just checking it to troubleshoot? 1) Because I'm not just interested in understanding the why; I'm a consumer and want to have a solution that suits me. In this case it is having all connections to the soundbar because there is more flexibility this way. Hence, if it doesn't work this way (which the manufacturer states it should), the product is not the right one for me. 2) Because if it was the soundbar, the problem should have been there since the beginning and not started after a month or so from purchase, while during the first weeks it was working just fine.