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Swapping a New TV in to existing set up - my crazy anxiety post

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Hi - I'm reposting this from the Receiver section as I suspect it encompasses more than just the receiver. I would be so grateful for some expert guidance here. I'm smart enough to know there may be a hidden variable here that will make purchasing a new tv more time consuming and expensive than I care to deal with.

This is what I currently have:

- Receiver: Pioneer VSX 529

- TV: very old Sony Bravia - I think it's the 32s2000 - 720p. Purchase in 2006 or 2007

- Apple TV (purchased circa 2012)

- crappy region free dvd player

- PS4

- Wii U

- Virgin Horizon box

Everything all the devices are connected to the receiver by HDMI, with HDMI out to tv. TV volume is set to zero as all the audio is through the receiver.

My ancient tv is fine, but obviously old and as my eyes get older, I feel I would appreciate better picture quality. I especially notice its shortcomings in dealing with blacks - Game of Thrones looks very murky!

There's currently a good deal on the Panasonic TX50EX700B. So my first question is (and I realize this may be VERY stupid): Is there any chance that this could be worse than my current and ancient tv? Will I connect it and discover that its better resolution just ends up highlighting deficiencies in the content that looks fine on the old 720p Sony?

My next question is:

Am I hopelessly naive to think I can just take the HDMI cable out of the old tv and plug it in to the new one and everything will work? According to the Pioneer website, the receiver supports 4K passthrough, but the manual further specifies "4K signal transfer: – This may not operate properly, depending on the connected equipment - 4K 24p, 4K 25p, 4K 30p, 4K 50p and 4K 60p signals are supported." I have no idea what those Np numbers refer to. I don't actually have any 4K content or devices at the moment, I don't really care about 4K (I'll be honest with you, I mainly want Game of Thrones to look better and a bigger screen so my eyes don't have to work as hard). But is there something inherent to the tv being 4K that's going to screw everything up? And the receiver doesn't seem to be HDCP 2.2 - is this something I need to care about given the devices I have?

I do not want to get this thing home and discover I have to reconfigure my entire av system or deal with ARC when I have a perfectly good receiver with tons of beautiful, easy HDMI connections. Unless...we decide to use the smart tv features for Netflix (which we currently run through out Apple TV)...I assume then that we'd need ARC for that. If we want to use ARC for just that...are we potentially going to eff up the audio for everything else?

If you've read this far...you are too kind. If you actually answer any of my questions...you are a mensch.
Date: Jan 10, 2018   


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