Originally Posted by Mark McIntosh
So I talked to the guy I bought my receiver from and he says I'll be fine for now, with a few exceptions. Since the DVR box and current Bluray player aren't sending 4k signals, connecting directly to my receiver will be fine and I can choose to either have the receiver (which is 4k, just not 2.2) or the TV upscale the signal. For streaming, I can either use the ARC hdmi monitor connection on the receiver and the ARC connection on the TV or run an optical cable. Do Netflix and Amazon Prime stream their audio in anything other than 5.1? Downside is I'll only get 5.1 with either ARC or optical, but hopefully I can live with that for a while. When I get a 4k DVD player, it will need to have 2 hdmi outputs and I can run the video directly to the TV and the audio to the receiver. As someone said earlier, this isn't clean but maybe this will last me for a little while. TV was delivered this morning but we're having the den completely re-done so it will be a few days before I can see if all this works. I'll post back but if all goes according to plan. Anybody see any holes in this?
Remember that 4k is just a resolution setting. HDCP is digital copy protection. If you don't select 4k, and just 1080, then you should be fine as he said. The setup will be a bit clunky but it is doable, which will get you started.
Being as you have an older receiver, ARC may be problematic because, as I indicated, on older systems ARC is usually associated with CEC. CEC has lots of issues due to lack of standardization so if you have issues with CEC, then you may have issues with ARC. CEC allows you go use a single remote control for your entire system but either it flat out doesn't work, ARC doesn't work reliably, or you have issue selecting the correct source input. So, if you have issues, just use an optical cable from your tv to the receiver for the SmartApps and either purchase a Harmony remote or just use the individual remotes that come with your devices.
Streaming at present, is limited to 5.1 for both, and in some cases, lossy Atmos for 4k, so you won't be missing much by using an optical cable instead of ARC. Netflix 4k (an upgrade to basic Netflix) and Amazon Prime (an upgrade to Amazon) do offer audio in Atmos (but not HD Audio) but that's with 4k streams.
How long will your HDMI cable runs be because that can have an effect on ARC and HDR (if you get that far with your system)?