If an AV reciever/amplifier has hdmi inputs can it utilize 5.1 linear PCM?

Dec 17, 2018
I would like to set up surround sound with my Nintendo Switch, unfortunately it does not send encoded audio only unencoded 5.1 channel Linear PCM, and I’ve searched forever and nothing seems to say if it supports it or not. Also I’ve read many conflicting reports about so I thought I’d just ask for help my self