I am trying to send the same signal from my Blue-ray to both my dedicated movie theater as well as the flat panel TV over the bar. The images are fine, but when I turn on the TV, my theater surround mode drops from True Dolby HD to a lesser mode. When the TV is shut off, it bumps right back to Dolby HD.
Here's the setup:
Marantz AV7005 pre-pro
McIntosh mc205 amp
Epson Pro Cinema 6020UB
Bar TV is a basic Toshiba LCD connected to a small amp via optical preceded by a simple 2 channel DAC (TV is fed via HDMI)
HS HDMIs all around (from Blue Jeans cables)
Here is how I have it wired:
Oppo 95 HDMI out to the Marantz HDMI3 in
HDMI Zone 1 from the Marantz to the projector
HDMI Zone 2 from the Marantz to the TV
Seems simple enough, just can't figure out why the sound is degraded when the TV is on. I know that HDMI will drop to the lowest common denominator resolution, but why would this matter if I am using zone 2.
I got creative and tried a few tricks, all failed!!!
Oppo HDMI1 out to Marantz
Oppo HDMI2 out directly to TV Same problem!
cool that the OPPO 95 has 2 HDMI outs... didn't help!
I then ordered a component to HDMI converter thinking I could outsmart the HDMI handshake (if that is indeed the problem)
so OPPO HDMI1 to Marantz and OPPO component to HDMI converter and then to TV via HDMI. Also tried Marantz Zone2 component out... same deal!
I am really confused now, any suggestions?
This is my dream project for which I have saved for 8 years, hate for it not to be perfect. Interestingly, if I set zone 2 to a different source, say Roku or DirectTV, no problem. Just makes me think it's an HDMI issue?
thanks in advance everyone! - Steve
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