The whole thing is disappointing.
I bought my new AVR and speakers a month ago with the idea of moving to Atmos soon, but now I'm left with the realisation that probably it will only be fixed with eARC/HDMI 2.1, and that probably means we all need new AVRs and probably new TVs.
I have an LG C7, only a week old. Nice TV, but was surprising to me how flaky the Atmos support really is, with the amount LG plastered Atmos/Dolby Vision all over their sales literature, the giant banners in the store, and the box. Between the widely-reported lipsync issues and the DD+ limitation, it seems farcical.
And I'm not talking about "Atmos" with tiny speakers on a soundbar or the back of the TV pointed at a wall, emanating from a single location, bouncing tinny echoes all over the room! If the TV can't support sending Atmos to real speakers, then it's rather misleading to claim Atmos support as for Blurays, it's the AVR doing all the Atmos decoding.
I was planning to use the internal media player to send Atmos via ARC because my HTPC can't do HDR, but never considered that sending TrueHD would not be possible. These are the first TV/AVR I've had that support ARC. I've never seen a video with DD+/Atmos audio. I'm pretty sure all the ones I've seen in the wild have been TrueHD/Atmos. I'm trying to investigate reencoding the audio to DD+/Atmos but initial googling hasn't turned up much info or even if that's possible (I was hoping to use ffmpeg for this).
Is there a DTS equivalent to DD+/Atmos that can be sent over ARC?
Even if the hardware doesn't support full eARC, I hope LG and other manufacturers will do the best they can to support these TVs via firmware to get the most out of the hardware they have.
Last edited by noobtv; 10-10-2017 at 08:16 PM.