Originally Posted by jch1
I know this question has been answered countless times, so I apologize in advance. I'm looking for a bit of advice for setting the 103D up to my system. Here's what I have:
BenQ w10170 projector
Pioneer Elite VSX-52 AVR
Sonos Control hooked up to turntable & AVR
Xfinity X1 Cable box
Sony 3d Blu ray player (will likely be removed from system)
I know the 103d has one HDMI input and 2 HDMI outputs and that HDMI 1 has the processing applied thereto. I want to know what the best way to get all of these devices processed with the Oppo's HDMI1 processing. I'm guessing that for this part of the equation, I would simply run everything into the AVR, output the AVR to the HDMI in of the Oppo, then HDMI1 of the Oppo to the PJ. Is this correct?
The second part is what's confusing me a bit. Say I want to watch a blu ray using the Oppo. How exactly would I get the audio from the oppo to the AVR, which provides sound to the speakers? Would I need to run HDMI 2 from the oppo to the AVR and then set the AVR to this hdmi output and basically shoot it back to the oppo? I know with newer hdmi cables, they may be able to be used bidirectionally, so is there an option of some sort to transmit audio from the oppo's hdmi input back to the AVR?
Also, I'm only using HDMI to provide audio for everything (with the exception of my sonos which uses analog cables obviously). Not sure if this changes anything.
Yikes, there's a lot of bad info in the replies that followed your post.
First of all, Audio Return Channel (ARC) on your projector is completely irrelevant in this case given that your goal is to get audio from the Oppo to your AVR not from the projector to the Oppo or AVR.
Second, when using both outputs on the Oppo, it IS important which gets used for video and which gets used for audio. When using both, HDMI1 should be used for video and HDMI2 should be used for audio.
Now in your case, you want to be able to use the Oppo's video processing for all sources AND you want to send audio from the Oppo to your AVR. The problem with the way you're proposing to hook things up is that you'll end up with a HDMI loop (AVR HDMI output to Oppo HDMI input and Oppo HDMI output to AVR HDMI input), which might cause HDMI handshake issues if your AVR keeps all HDMI inputs active all the time. Some people have had success getting such a setup to work, while most have run into problems. Unless you find someone else with your AVR who has tried this, you really won't know until you try it.
If the above doesn't work, there are a couple of options that you can go with:
Option 1: Get a HDMI switch that has enough inputs for all of your source devices and connect it to the Oppo's rear HDMI input. Then connect the Oppo's HDMI1 output to your AVR and the AVR's HDMI output to your projector's HDMI input. You'll need to select the input the Oppo is connected to on your AVR for all sources. When you want to watch one of the devices connected to the Oppo's HDMI input, select that input on the Oppo and then use the remote for the HDMI swich to select the appropriate source device. This should work, but will not allow you to configure your AVR differently for the various source devices (this may or may not be a problem).
Option 2: Get 2 simple 2 input HDMI switches (make sure they don't have auto switching and/or preview features). Switch #1
will go between the AVR's HDMI output and the Oppo's rear HDMI input. Switch #2
will go between the Oppo's HDMI2 output and the input it is connected to on the AVR. When you want to watch something being played on the Oppo, flip switch #1
to the unused input and flip switch #2
to the input that the Oppo's HDMI2 output is connected to. When you want to watch something from another source on your AVR, flip switch #1
to the input the AVR's HDMI output is connected to and flip switch #2
to the unused input. In both cases, make sure you select the appropriate input on the Oppo itself. This should also work, as it will break the HDMI loop, but will result in a bit of a mess of extra cabling and boxes and will be clumsy to use unless you can setup a programmable remote to handle all the switching. Note that you might be able to get away with only switch #1
or switch #2
, but using both should increase the odds of success. Also note that if you get identical switches and use HDMI input #1
on one and HDMI input #2
on the other, you can use a single remote command to flip them back and forth between the 2 modes.