Originally Posted by OK KO
Lol. I reallize all that you are saying and that's why I don't know if I should care about not having it. I'm within the timeframe to return the TV and wait until next year if I really want this eARC capability.
I remember you stating before that DD+ can carry the Atmos soundtracks but does that mean that this TV will be able to provide the pass through to the AVR for it as I thought that I read only LG sets can do this? Do we think that DTS:X can operate the same way?
Yes, the issue of DD+ providing Dolby Atmos soundtracks (compressed - lossy, if you will) is not debated.
The real problem is lack of content and the crazy hoops you have to go through to get to Dolby Atmos over ARC. I know that HDMI 2.0 ARC can provide a Dolby Atmos soundtrack via DD+. But Jeez, Louise, you have to consider your TV, your AVR and then find any content with Dolby Atmos.
Example: Netflix Dolby Atmos streaming is supported on Microsoft's Xbox One, One S and 2017 LG OLED TV's with the notation that the LG OLED TV's have built-in Dolby Atmos capabilities that create a 360 degree sound field around you WITHOUT the need to connect an external sound system. Are they out of their minds?
Why can't Netflix just provide everyone Dolby Atmos via DD+ and existing HDMI 2.0? I know my Comcast box provided an episode of Black Sails with Dolby Atmos via DD+.
VUDU has a whole list of compatible devices that are required for an expensive, lossy Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Thanks, but I'll pass.
And we're are not even talking about Dolby Vison or HDR10 or HDR10+.
Maybe I'm old fashioned but it just isn't worth it to me to worry about Dolby Atmos content when there is such little (like virtually none) that is available from OTA or broadcast TV, either cable or satellite, and content that is Dolby Atmos via streaming but lossy (compressed) is outrageously priced.
I use DSU and DTS Neo X (older AVR) upscaling and I'm happy with that and the occasional Redbox regular Bluray disc that has a Dolby Atmos track on it.
You can chase standards all day long but in the end, if the content isn't there - whether that be attributed to technical capability or general lack of content, period, it's not worth the effort.
IMHO - I wouldn't worry about your investment in the Sony 900E. Maybe in five years, it will be a different situation, but until then - - I'm a happy camper with what I have today.