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- I will definitely try disabling Deep Color / etc... I'm not sure if it is enabled but I hadn't thought to change it or that it would be related.
- This display does not automatically recognize ANY 3D format... you have to manually enable 3D and define the source type (Frame Packed, SBS, T/B, Frame Sequential) every single time and disable it when you're done... even for Frame Packed from a 3D Blu-Ray player. It's an annoyance but one of the sacrifices you make at this price point.
- If I do not replace the cable I will stick with 1080p SBS out from the Panasonic. With this output I can (and must, see the last part of post #12) continue running HDMI through my HDMI 1.3 AVR. If I replace the cable and use Frame Packed 3D output I will be forced to bypass my HDMI 1.3 AVR for video and use SPDIF/TOSLINK for audio. Like you say, if I replace the cable I could still revert to SBS at any time to retain lossless audio, but I can do that with the existing cable.
- Indeed a dual-HDMI BD player would allow for both Frame Packed 3D and lossless audio, but I'm not convinced lossless audio codecs are worth much of a premium, surely not the cost of an Oppo, Panasonic BDT500, or similar. Replacing my Sony S570 with a refurbished Panasonic BDT220 from CowBoom will only cost me $60, maybe less if I can sell the Sony. Replacing the Sony with an Oppo or Panasonic BDT500 would cost significantly more ($500 and $320 respectively). Even an older player like the BDT310 would cost $140 for a used one and offer a far inferior experience in terms of streaming content (a secondary function of the BD player). Unfortunately they dropped dual-HDMI output from the BDT320 and I'm not in-love with the design anyway. Even with Dual HDMI output, I still need to incorporate an HDMI switch into the mix.
- I want to get this all working and as elegantly/seamlessly/completely as possible. That said, Blu-Ray discs make up 1% or less of my total viewing. The bulk of our movie viewing and much of our TV viewing come from XBMC on the HTPC, either stored locally/network or streamed through various Add-Ons. Of that 1% that represents BD disc usage, I see much of that being 3D with 2D content still coming from XBMC the bulk of the time. In the grand scheme, BD playback (both 2D and 3D) will continue to be used EXTREMELY sparingly. This is why SBS from a Panasonic player may well be a perfectly passable solution.
- Monoprice, being the customer service kings that they are, have agreed to replace my 6.5 year old 50' 24AWG cable with a 50' High Speed Slim Series with RedMere Active cable at no charge. It took an hour on the live chat and 3-layers of customer service reps, but they finally agreed... I just kept pushing and figured I would quit once they said "we will not do that" instead of just "our system won't allow us to do that"... I was surprised when the third CS/RMA supervisor agreed, but I guess sometimes persistence pays off. That said, finding the time and justifying the effort to run the new cable in place of the old one is not a given just yet... at least now I know the practical limitation in my particular situation and I have at least a few options to consider.