Originally Posted by budwich
OP... thanks for the extra info also... :-) I have at least one more question, kind of related to Andy's point. Prior to using the receiver, you ran hdmi connections directly to your TV... right? From what sources? I assume you used those same hdmi inputs (at least one) to now connect up the receiver... right? So those settings should be the same, at least in your eyes... :-) so the picture should be the same ... I agree. One more question, what is your TV display indicating (ie. "status") of the incoming signal... 1080x, what? Do not guess,... I would like the actual status especially when you say you are seeing a "shimmery" picture (ie. multiple close lines like on sports referee shirts, etc) or the picture looks soft. Further, your receiver has only two hdmi inputs and one output so I assume you only have two hdmi sources hooked up... right? The previous question about tv display status (ie. incoming resolution) applies to all sources. thanks for additional info and your time.... I think it will help us.
Further, is your comment about PQ related to both sources AND to any of the TV inputs used by the receiver???
Lastly what model of hitachi are you using??? (boy that lots of questions... :-))))
As a side note, I don't think "pass thru" is as pass thru as you / we think... ie. that everything is left "untouched", but maybe it is... :-) hence your initial question / comment.
Hi Budwich, thanks for your reply. Here are the answers to your questions:
1. (Prior to AV receiver install) I did run HDMI cables directly from the Comcast Set Up Box (Pace RNG110), and a Sony BRP (BDPS-360) to the TV. The TV is a Hitachi 42" plasma, model 42 HDS52A. I used a Monster M1000HD HDTV cable for STB, and a Monster Ultra 800(?) HDMI for Blu Ray player.
2. The "settings" were not changed on any equipment. The TV picture settings were "tuned" by me from the factory defaults. Basically I turned the sharpness way down, "Auto Noise" off, contrast down a bit, color "warmed" a bit, etc. I did set both "Picture Menus" to the same settings, as my Hitachi allows custom setting between inputs.
3. The (TV) invoming signal is 1080i; as per both the TV "info", and a signal check within the Comcast "Diagnostic" menu. (I relaize many shows actually come through at 720p and not 1080i)
4. I do have only two HDMI inputs connected to the receiver (TV & BRP). I do have a VCR connected through AV via composite, and a CD player with digital optical connection.
5. For the most part, my concern over PQ is centered on the cable (TV) picture quality. I really have not given the BRP enough viewing to make a judgement.
Lastly, I admit, and understand that this is a "lower end" AV receiver. One would want to assume that a higher end model may have better parts, build quality, etc., thus resulting in a better picture, or at least more consistent quality. I feel this is leading to the question; "if you purchase a "higher end" model, what are you actually gaining in video/audio reproduction?