Originally Posted by R Harkness
Thanks for the reply, guys.
Can't quite decide which way to go with Lumagen at the moment. The mini-3D doesn't have enough inputs for me (I have Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, Apple TV, Cable Box...and an older AV receiver that doesn't do 3D passthrough).
I had the same dilemma and found a solution with the Mini-3D.
I run my CATV box, Xbox, and Apple TV into my Denon receiver (which does not have 3D passthrough) and then the Denon outputs to Input 1 of my Mini-3d and passes up to the projector. I have the Denon set to source direct so there is minimal signal processing done in the receiver. I figure the Mini cleans up anything introduced by the receiver anyway--and none of these sources is pristine to begin with, IMO.
My Oppo BDP 103 has two HDMI outputs which can work in split mode. One output goes to the Denon for sound and the second goes directly to Input 2 of the Mini-3D and up to the projector--bypassing the receiver, and allowing a 3D signal to go up the chain. For other DVD players you could output the audio via digital output to the receiver and the HDMI to the Mini.
To play CATV, XBOX, or Apple TV, just set the appropriate input on the receiver and Input 1 on the Mini. To play a DVD, Blu-Ray, or 3D Blu-Ray, set the receiver to DVD and the mini to input 2.
You can configure the Mini to treat input 1 and input 2 differently (with different scaling, CMS, etc.) and you can configure both inputs to treat each incoming signal (480i, 1080p, etc) differently. You can even have it recognize a 3D signal and set a different calibration for that signal.
With a programmable remote to handle the Mini input switching and the receiver switching it's really easy.
BTW for me, the addition of ChromaPure and a good meter was a game changer. Being able to calibrate different gammas, store them in different memories, and then switch back and forth on the fly is very cool. And being able to calibrate my projector (and all future projectors) any time I want to is money well spent. I spent all day Sunday in the theater with the lights off tweaking my system. My definition of a good day.
Of course that 729 point CMS in the 20XX boxes is really tempting...