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Dose TV matters for Dolby Atmos with AV receiver.

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  1. HariKJK

    HariKJK Auditioning

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    Hello...

    I am planning to buy a TV and I want it to connect to a AV receiver which supports Dolby Atmos ( 5.1 + 2 upward firing). I will be watching mostly Netflix and prime videos.
    I am not planning to connect a dvd player with the AV receiver.

    So I am wondering
    1. Will all TVs that has hdmi arc output support Dolby Amtos?

    2. If not, what feature should I look in a TV to support Dolby Atmos

    3. Is hdmi arc the best way to connect from TV to av receiver for Dolby Atmos settings.


    Thanking you all in advance
     
  2. JohnRice

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    3. No. The receiver is the control center of the system, not the TV. So, connect all your devices to the receiver, then pass the video on from the monitor output to the TV. So, the TV doesn’t even matter, which eliminates questions 1 and 2.
     
  3. David Willow

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    *Assuming you are going to use the TV apps for Netflix and PRIME? If so, then John's answer may not be as cut and dry as it seems. I'm not sure if there are TVs that will pass ATMOS to the AVR. I highly recommend getting an external source for your streaming (Roku, Shield TV, Apple TV, etc). Then you would plug that into the AVR as suggested.
     
  4. John Dirk

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    HDMI ARC is a protocol initially designed to allow you to output audio from the built in apps on your TV to a more capable decoding device such as an AV receiver but it was never intended for bandwidth intensive formats such as Atmos. When you push the limits of any protocol the results will likely be unsatisfactory.

    Aside from that, there is no real [7.1 embedded] Atmos content even available on Netflix. eARC's standard allows for it but [to my knowledge] Netflix and other streaming apps don't usually support it on TV's.
     
  5. Todd Erwin

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    Not true - Netflix supports Atmos playback on TVs running the Roku OS (but not on stand-alone Roku devices, go figure).
     
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    Hi Todd;

    What did I say that is not true? As far as I am aware all Netflix "Atmos" content is delivered via a 5.1 Dolby Digital bed which would limit playback to 5.1.2. I never said this was not technically Atmos content only that it wasn't true 7.1.
     
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    I think we're getting off the topic from the OP, maybe.

    ...who also hasn't returned.
     
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    You're right, John. Guilty as charged. Your initial answer was sufficient.
     

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