Originally Posted by RBTO
It sound's like an HDMI problem. When you send a full HD 3D signal, it takes up the most digital bandwidth (higher bit rate), and conversely, a 2D, 24p signal requires considerably less bandwidth (lower bit rate - less than half that of a 2D 1080p60 signal), which might explain why the former fails and the latter works.
I had a situation that would work fine with 1080i, but showed what you're describing, as soon as I went to 1080p which takes about twice the bandwidth. That was solved with better cabling.
How long is your HDMI cable? You didn't mention changing out the cable (preferably with a different brand) - did you try that? It may be your player, but I've found HDMI to be very finicky in some cases, so I would look there first.
It could also be a receiver issue - try bypassing your Marantz and see if it makes a difference.
Thanks so much for your reply - this issue is driving me nuts...and I suspect you may be exactly right.
Actually I had wondered about the HDMI cable. I swapped out the one between the player and the receiver for one that clearly is rated 1.4 - (it's only a 6 ft cable) - no dice, same issue.
However, this is where it gets a bit tricky: the receiver is connected to the TV via a 30 ft Cat 5 cable, with a Snap B-200-1CAT-HDIR 1080p HDMI balun at each end (this balun supposedly
handles 1080p and Full HD 3D, according to the manufacturer....http://snapav.com/snapav/DetailView....-200-1CAT-HDIR
...but I guess I have no way of knowing for sure). I chose to give this little gizmo with existing Cat 5 cabling a whirl rather than rip apart my walls to install an HDMI, but this indeed could be the problem.
I'm going to try to get my hands on a 30ft HDMI to plug the Blu-Ray directly into the TV, as a test. If that works, I guess I'll know the problem is either the balun, or the receiver. If it doesn't, maybe it's the Blu Ray player. I'm hoping it's that, since that's much easier to address than fishing a new 30 ft HDMI through my ceiling!
I'll report back with my findings...thanks again for your input.