Originally Posted by arbeck77
Did you try sending both decoded and bitstream audio? I'm not sure that your receiver will accept bitstream, so you will need to decode into LPCM at the player level. You might also try turning off some of the more advanced HDMI features (deep color, HDMICEC). Those can sometimes cause issues with older HDMI equipment that can't receive them.
I have something new (and weird) to report, but will first comment on your suggestions, which are good ones. The Marantz SR7001 receiver is HDMI 1.2 and does not accept the newer lossless codecs such as Dolby TruHD and DTS-MA. At any rate, I reset the player to factory defaults, then turned off everything that looked like an advanced HDMI feature. Specific settings I chose were:
3D Output: off
BD/DVD-ROM 1080/24p: off
YCbCr/RGB (HDMI): RGB
(required to display colors correctly)
HDMI Deep Color: off
Audio (HDMI): PCM
DSD Output: off
BD Audio Mix: off
[BD/DVD viewing settings]
BD Internet Connection: do not allow
Control for HDMI: off
Quick Start Mode: off
Software Update Notification: off
Gracenote Settings: manual
OK, here is the weird behavior that I discovered today:
with HDMI connections only (HDMI cable from player to receiver, HDMI cable from receiver to display), the receiver can receive audio from the player only when the display is turned off
. In other words, with HDMI connections only, my combination of gear (Sony BDP-S570 + Marantz SR7001 receiver + Sony KDS-60A3000 display) cannot play audio and video at the same time.
To make the issue even clearer, I will describe an "operation sequence":
(1) Turn on player, receiver, display
result of (1): video=YES, audio=NO
(2) Turn display off
result of (2): video=NO (display is off, duh!), audio=YES
(3) Turn display on again
result of (3): video=NO, audio=NO
(4) Turn receiver off and on (w. player and display on)
result of (4): video=YES, audio=NO
I observed the same behavior for a BluRay disc (rented, "Donnie Darko") and standard (Redbook) CDs. For standard CDs, the video display (that is either ON or OFF depending on step in sequence) just shows the CD track number and timing.
While amusing, these experiments have taken enough time, so I don't see any choice but to return the BDP-S570. I hope that an "old-style", 2D only, HDMI 1.3, Blu-Ray player will work with my existing system. I have found reports of successful operation of "old-style" players with the Marantz.
Oh by the way, a comment on the content used for the tests: the "Donnie Darko" rental turned out to be highly appropriate, because the increasing complexity of getting "simple, mass-market" consumer electronics gear to just work must be a sign that the End Times are approaching