Which hdmi passthrough receiver for use with Sony tv and Apple TV 4K?

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  1. sd13 macrumors regular

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    I am planning on purchasing a Sony tv with Dolby vision but there are only two hdmi ports that are capable of hdr. I have 3 hdr devices though, including Apple TV 4K and plan to add a 4k Blu Ray Player as well. Which receiver do you recommend that I can connect multiple devices to that gives me same Dolby vision and hdr10 picture quality as if I were to directly plug into the tv? I don’t care about sound quality. Just great picture.
     
  2. jragan macrumors newbie

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    You'll want a 2016-or-newer generation receiver that is capable of handling the full 18gbs bandwidth of the spec (and most receivers default into an HDMI mode for better compatibility that isn't the best for full UHD video specs). As far as brand goes, it's generally more of a religious debate as everyone has their favorites. I like Yamaha. Denons appear to be having banding issues with ATV4K currently (likely fixable with updated Denon firmware). The next most important thing is going to be cables - make sure you're using certified cables for high speed HDMI (they'll have a certification number and a hologram) that are under 25' in length.
     
  3. Menel macrumors 603

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    All makes of receivers have capable models. But sometimes on only 1 or 2 inputs, not all. You'll want to make sure it has enough HDCP2.2 HDMI2.0 inputs for your needs.

    If it doesn't say specifically, assume the worst.

    e.g.
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_973MRX1120/Anthem-MRX-1120.html
    HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and outputs)​

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_158ZA5000E/Sony-STR-ZA5000ES.html
    HDMI 2.0a audio/video switching: 6 in, 2 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and monitor outputs)​
     
  4. cynics macrumors G4

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    Are you absolutely set on that TV purchase? My no longer new Samsung has 4 which leaves 3 if you use HDMI ARC to a receiver.
     
  5. jragan macrumors newbie

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    So let’s clear up your goals - do you have speakers that the new receiver will drive or are you really just wanting the new receiver to be a glorified HDMI switch? If you plan on it being a glorified HDMI switch, my concern is whether it will have an option to not strip audio off of the HDMI feed. By default an AV Receiver switches HDMI video and strips the audio, keeping the audio for itself to send to the speakers. Most receivers, when you turn them off, will go into pass-through mode and just send the signal straight through. But it would seem, for $400 this receiver would be way over-kill to use as a simple hdmi switch that you’d turn off after making the selections...
     
  6. Michelasso, May 20, 2018
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    @sd13 I have got last year a Yamaha YHT 4940 (basically a RX-v483+ 5.1 included speakers). All Yamaha RX-v*83 (from last year, like this RX-v383 at $219) have 4 HDMI In - 1 HDMI Out all supporting HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0, HDMI ARC and HDMI CEC (Bravia Sync to use the HDMI devices' remotes) obviously included. The new models should be RX-v*85.

    My Bravia doesn't support Dolby Vision, but last Christmas the Yamaha AVR have received a FW update for it (and I have read it works). Also it supports HLG and HDR10 and BT.2020. These latter all work fine with the cheap HDMI cables I have got from Amazon. The audio is also great for that price.

    Instead, if I was you, I'd double check about Dolby Vision on Bravia. The last time I checked only the Apple TV was compatible via HDMI. Not even the Sony UHD Blu Ray was supported, due to a specific DV profile Sony uses in the Bravia. Oh, and Android TV in the Bravia is awfully slow. Slow even changing the volume, to be clear.

    PS: With that configuration you would still have a 5th HDR HDMI port available on the TV (the other must be used by HDMI ARC). The audio would go from the HDMI device to the TV back to the AVR via HDMI ARC, so it won't support all formats (like AAC 5.1, nor DTS since it is currently broken in Android TV for Bravia. Forget about HiRes audio). Since you said you don;t care much about audio it shouldn't be an issue!
     

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