Thanks for the attempt to help guys, but I don't see either of you saying a normal W10 desktop PC audio works with ARC enabled. I'm sure Yam cares about a slew of trendy, media based mini and mobile devices, but when it comes to general desktop support, they suck big time, and their blatant disregard for it when the subject comes up tends to substantiate that. That said, I'm thinking it may be that my Panny TV has a 6 year old version of Viera Link, as my prior 6 yr old RX-V371 Yam AVR does not have this problem. Yamaha is of no use talking about PC either, they'd rather excuse their poor compatibility with the claim that most don't hook their home theater gear to them (hence the blatant disregard).
Anyway, I got a return label sent to me from Amazon and UPS is going to pick it up today. The last straw was when I called Yam Cus Serv back to ask why I'd gotten no call back for two days as promised from their tech support. After explaining to her another Cus Serv person left a message with their Tech Supp Supervisor, she totally ignored me saying that. When I said "Did you not just hear me say,...", she gets all snippy and tries to dictate how the conversation is going to go by "Don't start,...". I then had had enough, and did something I don't normally do, I cussed at her and hung up. I'm done with Yamaha, I've had enough of their BS. She then has the gall to call me back and tell me I'd been recorded, then hung up on me.
At any rate, it's not as bad as it seems since the more I listened to the RX-A770, the more I realized it sounds too tinny and digital for my tastes. Plus in hooking my RX-V371 back up, suddenly the DTS from my new ASUS Prime Z370-A MB is finally working. With the RX-A770, it showed the DTS audio option in W10 right off the bat, but not the RX-V371. This is the kind of hit and miss connectivity you get from Yam. Plus the remote for the RX-A770 is the worst I've ever seen for an AVR. I literally had to put my reading glasses on every time I used it.
I'm considering Marantz next time, but I'll probably wait until UHD TV broadcasts are prevalent in my area. I tried a pretty good 4K TV already and regular HD broadcasts look like crap on them. It was supposedly a great brand for upconverting too (Sony X900E). TVs are another problem altogether, supposedly high contrast and brightness is what you want for HDR, but the VA panels that have such traits also can't handle bright scenes without looking washed out. By the time you correct it in the settings, then they exhibit as much if not worse black crush as an IPS, so I really don't get the raves about VA these days.
Worse yet Sony doesn't appear to be making smaller IPS TVs anymore, yet they now make a couple larger sizes in IPS, which are too big for my small living room. Home theater component choices in general are poor anymore, especially TV's in 40-43" sizes. I miss Panasonic, but they're not even available in the states anymore, and they no longer make their own IPS panels.
Last edited by Hi Def Fan; 09-07-2018 at 12:42 PM.