Originally Posted by ParityBit
When changing the input, you can select game mode 'on.' Is that the same as changing the name of the input?
So what do you use for a BR player? I was planning on using my Xbox One or PS4. But if I have them passed into the TV as 'game' or 'pc' then the movies will not have the normal settings. I could change the mode, but I would have to calibrate the tv each time I left game mode.
This is essentially the same scenario we have been discussing. Most of us use an AVR/pre-pro. All of the source devices are connected to the AVR/pre-pro. The AVR is then connected to the display. The AVR acts as the switch, which determines which of the source devices are being passed along to the display. Normally, you would only run one HDMI cable from the AVR to the display. However, this would mean that all of your source devices are ultimately connected to the same input on the TV, so you would have to change the TV's settings manually whenever you go from playing a game to watching a movie. To get around this, you make at least two HDMI connections between the AVR/pre-pro and the display. If your AVR has dual HDMI outputs then it is as simple as running two HDMI cables between them. When you do this, you now are now passing the signal from the AVR/pre-pro to two different inputs on the display. You set the display to use your normal mode whenever you have one input selected and PC/game mode whenever you have the other input selected.
So, let's say that you have the following source devices...
1) Cable/Satellite set-top box
3) Playstation 4
...connected to HDMI Inputs 1, 2, & 3 (respectively) on your AVR. Then you have HDMI Monitor Out A and HDMI Monitor Out B on the back of your AVR connected to your display, using HDMI Inputs 1 & 2. HDMI Input 1 (on the display) is set to use normal mode. HDMI Input 2 (on the display) is set to use PC/game mode.
: You want to watch cable/satellite TV (normal mode)
Solution: Select HDMI Input 1 on the AVR and HDMI Input 1 on the display.
: You want to play an Xbox game (game mode)
Solution: Select HDMI Input 2 on the AVR and HDMI Input 2 on the display.
: You want to play a Playstation game (game mode)
Solution: Select HDMI Input 3 on the AVR and HDMI Input 2 on the display.
: You want to watch a Blu-Ray/DVD/Netflix/etc. using your Xbox (normal mode).
Solution: Select HDMI Input 2 on the AVR and HDMI Input 1 on the display.
: You want to watch a Blu-Ray/DVD/Netflix/etc. using your Playstation (normal mode).
Solution: Select HDMI Input 3 on the AVR and HDMI Input 1 on the display.
If you don't have an extra HDMI output on your AVR then you can use an active HDMI splitter between the AVR and the display to accomplish the same thing. If you don't have an AVR and don't want one, you still have a couple options. If you have several source devices and not enough HDMI Inputs on your display to handle the extra connections that would be needed to split one or more of the feeds from the source devices to multiple inputs, you can get a 4x2 or 6x2 matrix switch in place of the AVR/pre-pro. If you only have one or two source devices, you only need to use multiple modes for one of them, and your display has an extra HDMI input then you can skip the external switch altogether and just use an active HDMI splitter between the source that is used for both TV/movie watching and gaming and the display.