Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
Timing plays a part in this too. When a player gets released and new firmware comes out, posts are easily missed, particularly when there isn't a simple answer. Patience is a virtue and all that -- along with asking again, politely of course.
For (A): Most modern AVRs won't actually do anything to the video if the input and output formats are the same and you haven't enabled any of their "enhancement" processing. What this means is that for most folks, if you use 1080p output from the player, then the player has already done all the heavy lifting, your AVR has no additional work to do, and so you can safely pass the video through the AVR. You can certainly conceive of cases where a bug in the AVR implementation -- or perhaps a particularly confusing settings choice in the AVR -- might screw that up, but MOST folks using the OPPO players send both audio and video through their AVR without suffering any video degradation. Nevertheless, since you are just setting things up now, it is useful to allow for both styles of cabling. Then you can check for yourself (when you get the chance) to see if you can spot a reason to prefer one cabling over the other. In addition, if you run into a problem, having the alternate form of cabling available may let you confirm what's producing the problem, or provide a temporary workaround until you can get the problem fixed.
For (B): There used to be a Forum here for folks seeking advice on how to set up and get things going in their home theater -- the sorts of questions you were asking about what to bring up first for example. But I've not checked to see if that Forum still exists after all the recent changes here. The basic rule of thumb is to use as few pieces of your system as possible to get going with each piece. So for example, a projector will usually be able to produce ITS OWN alignment charts that you can use for confirming pointing, level, orientation, and focus. Use those built-in tools before worrying about getting video going from a Source device. Similarly, your AVR likely has built in test tones for verifying the wiring basics for your speakers, as well as volume levels. So often the first Source you want to show through your projector will be the built-in menus of the AVR so you can do that. Then pick one Source device -- such as the OPPO -- and use that for going to the next steps of setup.
Getting things set up "just right" can be a daunting task. Some folks really enjoy that challenge, but it does take patience. The advantage is that the more you do yourself, the better you know your own system. Then, even if you do hire a calibration tech to come with special tools and adjust things for you, you'll be in a better position to appreciate what he's done -- i.e., what you just paid for.
Hello Bob - it's a pleasure to "meet" you
I want to you to know that honesty is a trait I hold dear, and I'm one who speaks his mind, occasionally to a detrimental result. But I tell you this because I want you to know what I say is sincere.
Please understand that my childish "rant" was in no
way directed at you. I truly didn't expect an answer from you at that time, as you seemed to be getting bombarded with questions from all angles, which I've noticed in your case is commonplace. Throughout my time spent reading numerous pages on many topics in these forums, I've certainly noticed your willingness and generosity in sharing your knowledge.
Anyway, Bob - I want to thank you for fully understanding what my tech-challenged verbiage apparently couldn't properly articulate, and for explaining it in a manner that a "noob
like myself could easily understand. Now I truly understand why people here keep you so busy. You're a true gentleman and thanks again for simplifying things for me. BTW - I certainly don't mean that as a dig at anyone else either, because I was dead wrong for whining at all, since I was the one with the proverbial cup in my hand - or to return to the scene of the analogy - I was "the neighborhood junkie begging for a few bucks for groceries."
Seriously though, I hope everyone concerned will accept my apology and understand I'm not the little brat I came of as. I haven't thoroughly read through the pages subsequent to my hissy-fit, but I'll go through them later on to check for anyone else I may have offended and thinks I'm 11 years old. Heck, there's even a slight chance of finding someone who needs my advice on the proper way to connect the Oppo player -- as opposed to every other BD player on Earth... hehehe.
Oh, and thanks again, Bob. I promise not to post and I'll avoid this thread up until my first firmware glitch... just in case, give me your cell number