Originally Posted by chronoclast
I wasn't going to use Source Direct for the time being anyways but I am planning to add a separate video processor in the near future mainly for calibration
I don't understand this thinking. If you do a TV calibration, wouldn't you want it to go through exactly the same video device chain and settings that you will eventually WATCH through? Why would you do your calibration through a device chain and with device settings that eliminated everything you will actually be using when you actually do watch something?
My 103 HDMI-1 output goes through my Yamaha RX-V867 AVR (which supports 3D, so there's no concern), with all video processing in the 867 turned off. HDMI-1 output from the 867 goes to my Panny 65VT50, and HDMI-2 output from the 867 goes to my Sony 34XBR960 (which is another reason I route video from the 103 through the AVR, to support video delivery to two HDTVs). So all video processing is handled within the 103, and none is done by the AVR.
Also, my cable TV DVR HDMI output is sent through the rear HDMI input of the 103. This is another reason I want to use HDMI-1 output from the 103, because I want to be able to utilize the video cleanup/processing capability (and upconversion to 1080p) of the 103 for dealing with 720p/1080i HDTV input from cable. When playing 1080p BluRay discs or streaming 1080p Netflix, there's near-nothing that will happen using HDMI-1 output from the 103, and "near zero" is close enough to Source Direct for 1080p for me. But using the HDMI-1 output path for external cable HDMI input enhances HDTV substantially.
Anyway, when I had both of my TV's calibrated, I specifically had the signal generator's HDMI output go into the front HDMI input of the 103, leaving everything else in place: HDMI-1 out of the 103 into the AVR, HDMI-1 out of the AVR to the HDTVs. In other words I specifically wanted the calibration of the TVs to be done using exactly the same multi-device and signal path chain that would occur when normally watching HDTV or BD discs or Netflix streaming, as when the calibration signal generator was the source device. That allowed the calibration of each HDTV with the signal generator as the source to be such that all of the identical equipment and device settings would still be identical when true source was used... all flowing through the 103 and with HDMI-1 output.
Seems pointless to me to do a calibration through a different device/settings arrangement than what you will actually be watching true content through.