Originally Posted by gsr
If you're using HDMI1 from the Oppo direct to the display and HDMI2 from the Oppo to the AVR for audio, you won't be viewing video from the AVR's HDMI output on the display while watching video from the Oppo. Sure, you can switch the TV back and forth between the 2, but that's a PITA and is going to result in HDMI handshakes each time you switch. Do you really want to have to switch back and forth to make simple adjustments on the AVR or to see things like what the volume level is currently set at or other status info?
Regarding adjusting sync, I would prefer to avoid having to adjust it if there's no good reason for me to use both outputs.
Just because the player has 2 HDMI outputs doesn't mean one should aggressively look for a reason to use both.
I tend to follow the principle of making things only as complex as necessary and as simple as possible. So IMHO, using a single HDMI output is the best option unless there's actually a good reason to use both. Most decent AVR's these days pass video through without causing any degradation.
Must respectfully disagree.
Why feed your video signal to your HD display through an EXTRA component AND HDMI cable if it is just for passthrough??
I think owners of machines like the OPPO which offer dual HDMI out should take full advantage of that feature to ENSURE optimum video quality.
Synching problems are really a non issue......NEVER had any!!
Of course if you need to video switch due to lack of HDMI inputs on your Display or have some weird fetish needing to view the AVR's menu/settings on the screen ALL the time (???) or are feeding to another Zone...............then fair enough.
What if you want to watch a 3D BD on your 3D capable Display but your older AVR cannot handle 3D video?
I had an AVR quite a while back that couldn't pass through a 1080p/24 video signal.
It REALLY sucked as there were NO dual HDMI output decks back then!!!
IMHO passing ANY video through your AVR unless necessary is counter productive.
Especially considering the inherent high quality video processing on board Oppo's to begin with which negates any need to even utilise the AVR's likely lower quality video processing chip.
Even if you want to improve ANOTHER ordinary video Source .......it will probably look better going through the OPPO instead!!!
So.............IMHO...............for MOST users (especially with Oppo's) .........NO need for video passthrough.........and NO need to process video in the AVR either.
Where able............keep your video signal delivery clean and simple with even LESS risk of degradation...............ONE HDMI lead from SOURCE to DISPLAY.
Personally.......I only bother to hook an HDMI lead from my Pre/Pro to my Display when re running Audyssey Room EQ after a gear change simply because it's easier to read from the other end of the room when the steps are done ..........not very often.
Volume?........Settings?..........Status?......... It's ALL on the front panel anyway and shouldn't your EARS tell you if something's out of whack........why would you need visual confirmation?......and anyway you can just press Display on your Oppo to see most of that stuff.
END OF RANT
Just my 2c