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Question about TV upgrade, do I need to upgrade my receiver?

I've finally upgraded my 7 year old LCD TV to the new LG C9 oled and I want to make sure I can take advantage of things like HDR and the such.

However my receiver is an old Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1
Would I be OK with funneling all my Primary HDMI media to the TV HDMI slots and then taking advantage of normal arc on the old receiver? What would I be losing out on in doing so?

Trying to figure out if I need to dump an extra 300 on a receiver.

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I've finally upgraded my 7 year old LCD TV to the new LG C9 oled and I want to make sure I can take advantage of things like HDR and the such.

However my receiver is an old Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1
Would I be OK with funneling all my Primary HDMI media to the TV HDMI slots and then taking advantage of normal arc on the old receiver? What would I be losing out on in doing so?

Trying to figure out if I need to dump an extra 300 on a receiver.

Thanks
The TV will be unable to pass HD audio back to the receiver, the best it will likely be able to pass is DD+ if even that. You're better served with passing the 4k video to the TV and audio directly to the receiver noting that 4k BDPs generally have two HDMI outputs for this purpose.
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The TV will be unable to pass HD audio back to the receiver, the best it will likely be able to pass is DD+ if even that. You're better served with passing the 4k video to the TV and audio directly to the receiver noting that 4k BDPs generally have two HDMI outputs for this purpose.
I see, sounds like for audio quality that is HD audio I'll need to get a receiver no matter what both both the eARC and/or the function of directly piping it to the receiver.

However given the age of the receiver, will there really be any degradation compared to my current setup anyway? I'm sure i'm not able to decode any HD audio currently anyway
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I see, sounds like for audio quality that is HD audio I'll need to get a receiver no matter what both both the eARC and/or the function of directly piping it to the receiver.

However given the age of the receiver, will there really be any degradation compared to my current setup anyway? I'm sure i'm not able to decode any HD audio currently anyway
As noted on the Pioneer page below, the receiver is capable of decoding both DD and DTS HD audio.

https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/P...ers/VSX-1020-K
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As noted on the Pioneer page below, the receiver is capable of decoding both DD and DTS HD audio.

https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/P...ers/VSX-1020-K
Gotcha. That is a disappointment then. ARC would still be better than using optical though right?
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Gotcha. That is a disappointment then. ARC would still be better than using optical though right?
Only when passing DD+ (eg. Netflix) as optical cannot pass DD+; otherwise, no difference in audio quality. Note also that ARC is often problematic thus requiring an optical cable.
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Only when passing DD+ (eg. Netflix) as optical cannot pass DD+; otherwise, no difference in audio quality. Note also that ARC is often problematic thus requiring an optical cable.
does that apply to earc too?
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does that apply to earc too?
eARC is new, although is supposed to resolve the connectivity issues associated with ARC.

Note; however, that unless the source video is passed through the receiver, the receiver's GUI/menu is unlikely to be able to display.
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