Originally Posted by razevents
I didn't realize the Oppo will upconvert and process.
Yes. It applies the same audio/video processing it does when you play a disc internally to whatever comes in through its external HDMI source inputs. The same is true for content provided from Internet-provided "smart apps", like Netflix.
I assume the 103D will add Darbee to it as well?
I can't speak firsthand since I have a 103, but I believe the answer is again yes.
For setup can you leave the box configured so as long as it's on it passes the "TV" signal out of hdmi 1 and Internal Disc content exits HDMI 2? This way it's always in the HDTV path and the Oppo doesn't have to be source switched with the macros for the Harmony.
Well, the box does have source switching via its remote (or 3rd-party remote). You can configure it to always power-on in one particular source input state (either internal disc or one of the two external HDMI inputs), or you can set it to power-on with the "last selected" input already pre-selected. So conceptually you do have to pick the source input in order to view it, but you don't have to manually always select it if your configuration allows you to use "last selected" mode and your next viewing session wants to use that same "last selected" input. Of course if you now want to view from a different source you'll have to manually switch to it.
My own experience with using "last selected" on one of the external HDMI inputs is that there is also a timing consideration issue for HDMI handshakes as the various devices are already on or take a few seconds to become available if they're not already on and stabilized, to participate in the HDMI handshake. This handshake is necessary to determine the capability of source and target as far as audio and video, so if all pieces are not ready when required there might be some annoying consequences that require re-initiating the handshake to stabilize things properly. But this really is only a problem if you normally power everything off when you're done watching/listening, so that you have a multi-device power-on timing sequence consideration when your next viewing session begins.
Since my DVR (actually, a Windows Media Center extender) takes about 30 seconds to power-on and stabilize such that it can then participate in an HDMI handshake with the 103 to which it's connected, I simply have my 103 set to always power-up in "internal disc" mode, so that there is no HDMI handshake done except with the HDMI-conneted AVR and HDMI-connected HDTV at the other end of the output string. Only when the WMC extender finally stabilizes do I then switch source inputs on the 103 to "external HDMI-1 input" which then triggers the source device HDMI-handshake with the extender, and now all is well. So it takes say up to a minute for me to get ready to begin a "viewing/listening session" from cold power-off, but it's less aggravating to just do things this way then to have to re-initiate it anyway is the 103 is set to start up with external HDMI-1 input as its pre-selected source, before a valid HDMI handshake is possible.
But that's just me, and my setup.
As far as HDMI-2 output, there are various ways to configure outputs on HDMI-1 and HDMI-2. In "split A/V mode" when there is an HDMI-enabled device connected and powered on to each of the HDMI outputs the 103 sends video-only out HDMI-1 and audio-only out HDMI-2. This is useful if that's what your equipment setup requires.
Otherwise, if HDMI-2 is "idle/off" or just not connected, both audio and video will be sent out HDMI-1... even in "split A/V mode".
Other configurations for HDMI-1 and HDMI-2 outputs are available.