DTS (Digital Theater Sound) and its successor DTS:X are popular audio codecs that offer high-quality and detail-rich sound output. The codecs are primarily used to achieve a theater-like experience at your home.

Support for these codecs on modern LG OLED TVs has been non-existent for the past few years. Fortunately, LG recently announced that their newer 2023 OLED and premium LCD TVs will support DTS:X passthrough.

Some demand DTS or DTS:X support for older models

This announcement made LG OLED TV owners with older models feel left out and disappointed (1,2,3,4). Especially considering that their hardware isn’t even that old yet.


Even fairly modern 2021 and 2022 models are deprived of DTS or DTS:X passthrough support by LG.

It’s worth noting that users are not asking for native DTS or DTS:X support on their TVs. All they want is the ability to pass that audio from the TV to other sound output devices that support these codecs.

Since our 2021/2022 models does not support DTS / DTS:X passthrough via eARC we cannot enjoy these audio formats on our AVR/soundbars via eARC.

If passthrough is allowed, those with older hardware can simply plug in their DTS or DTS:X compatible speakers and enjoy the rich audio quality via eARC.

Considering that audio passthrough is generally handled by the software, it doesn’t seem like a difficult task to implement on older devices. Some are asking the developers to add this functionality to their 2021 and 2022 models.

An LG OLED TV owner has even started a Change.org petition to demand DTS or DTS:X passthrough support. If you’re interested in the feature, you can go ahead and sign it.


Unfortunately, the LG team is yet to comment on this matter. There are some who are certain that LG will not implement this functionality on older devices as they intend to use it as a selling point for their newer models.

Those interested might have to wait indefinitely or use other workarounds like using Kodi or Blu-ray players to decode the audio.

However, these workarounds can sometimes be finicky as some devices may cause compatibility issues.

We hope LG looks into customers’ feedback and takes decisions accordingly. We’ll keep an eye on this matter and update this story to reflect noteworthy developments.

Featured image source: LG.

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