Hey LHX Homies!
Long time no see. I've been building a house with a dedicated theater room for the last year and a half and am finally to the point where I'll be done with interior finishes and ready to install all my gear in the various rooms. While the theater room will have a projector and 110" 'scope screen, the living room will be where we do our daily, ordinary TV watching and the occasional movie. I'll be using my LHX in there.
Here's the thing: Like others, I've started having media box problems. Once it locks on, it's golden. But I'm having a really hard time getting a lock when I first turn the set on. Sometimes it takes hours, turning it on & off over & over, making subtle movements of the media box until I've found that day's sweet spot. It's slowly driving me insane.
So, I figure I've got two options. First, I could do as many here do. I have a pre-HDMI receiver so I've been sending the DVR's HDMI directly into the media box on HDMI 1. So I tried running the DVR directly into the HDMI 5 input on the display. Nothing. No picture, no sound. Can't figure out what the problem is, especially since that's how most of ya'll on this thread are doing it. I gather most people already gave up on the media box.
The second option is to run the DVR into the HDMI "service only" output on the media box, and from there to the HDMI 5 input on the display. I'll try that a little later. Are there any remote entries that need to be made for this or will it just work "automatically"?
Finally, what do you gain and lose if you take the media box out of the picture entirely? The antenna function? I'll never use that anyway; looks like I'll continue to be a cable guy. Some here say the picture improves if you take the media box out of the equation. I have to figure out how to do it, because I'm going to have a modern HDMI switching receiver (Marantz SR6007) in the living room and I've about had it with the media box.
P.S.Glad to see p5browne is still fighting the good fight with regard to calibration. I last popped in here about a year and a half ago and said the same thing.
One of these days that man is going to get it right!
P.P.S. I need to buy another matte screen TV for the Rec Room. Lots of windows in there. Doesn't need to be the high caliber of the LHX, but probably the same size, 55". Any recommendations on the current best LCD/LED TV that's maybe one or two price-steps down from the LHX?