, thanks I'll try those instructions soon for the A-stretch.Randy
, much obliged. That solved the no-sound with 3D issue! It's weird because previously as I said I'd gone into the menu and shut it off. At first when I had the Prometheus 3D Blu-Ray running with no sound, I pressed the buttons you mentioned, it said video had been turned off, but I still didn't get sound. It just took changing sources, and then back to the Blu-Ray, and sound appeared. So I'm very happy about that as I was planning a Gravity 3D viewing party soon.
(I just realised I forgot to re-test if I now get sound when upscaling to 4K from the Lumagen. It's supposed to be the same fix as for the 3D lack of sound, so I'd think it should fix both. I'll report back on that).
Also: Lip-Sync. Looks like I have it fixed. My previous lip-sync issues seemed to come and go and have particularly odd characteristics, sometimes with the picture ahead of the sound by a bit. Once the Lumagen was put in, lip-sync now appears delayed equally across all sources. Whether this is due to the Lumagen, or my Projector's processing (I played with turning of all image processing settings on my projector and that did not seem to affect the issue), I'm not going to sweat it because introducing a 61 ms audio delay via my Denon receiver seems to have addressed the issue.
More goodness: I seem to like the Darbee processing better on the 2041 vs my original Darbee Darblet unit. It's been indicated on the forums that putting the Darbee processing before scaling etc should improve it's performance and it seems to be the case. I've been very conservative with the Darblet before, as I found it pretty quickly gave an over-enhanced, hard and artificial look to the image. Normally I will use it around "20" if at all. I was quite surprised how far I was turning up the Darblet settings via the 2041 before getting the same artifacty look. It just seems smoother and more natural in the 2041. More usable. This was also the case watching the UFC last weekend. With the Darblet I had to choose whether to dial it up for more clarity, but increase the texture and visibility of source artifacts (digital/compression noise etc). But I could use the 2041 Darbee processing with that broadcast without seeing the same increase in noise. Very nice.
I'm still learning the ropes with this thing. I haven't yet switched my Oppo BDP 93 into native mode so I'm going to try that. I've been noticing quite a lot of "line twitter" in my Blu-Ray and HD DVD sources, more than I ever remember before.
Though, with 1080p sources I don't think there should be a difference in that performance sending it to the Lumagen, since the Oppo would output 1080p native, right?
Lastly: I'm still at the point, perhaps just because of the learning curve, where it feels my system has taken a bit of a step backwards in user friendliness. For instance, with my Denon VP I loved the DNR feature. That VP was well regarded for doing noise reduction without visible loss of resolution so it's been a feature I've been quite nervous about taking out of my system and replacing. With the Denon (on my RTI remote) I could just hit "DNR" and shuffle between "OFF, Low, Med, HI" to taste. Very fast. With the Lumagen the DNR is broken up into more choices, and more values to choose from. That is certainly more flexible, but not as quick and user friendly. I keep getting the idea that the Lumagen philosophy is a "dial it in set and forget" philosophy. Hence you dial the image parameters you want per source type, save it, then they are always applied and it's "set and forget." The thing for me image enhancement tools, which I use a lot, is exactly the opposite from set and forget. Source quality and issues vary so much that no single setting works for all, and image enhancement is about optimizing the specifics quality of what I'm watching. So anything that makes that slower or more complicated is something of a drawback. JVC actually did the same thing this year, to my chagrin. Where their "MPC" image enhancement processing on their E-shift projectors used to be a single button press between "1,2,3." Now
they've given the user far more control, with the image enhancement separated into 4 different parameters, and dials for each with values of 0 to 50. So that means where once, when I simply wanted to switch between MPC settings it was a single, or double button push and done, now it is potentially HUNDREDS of button pushes (or holding down the slider button for a while).
The AVS Gods giveth and they taketh away...
On the other hand, in some ways the Lumagen has been easier to used and understand than I thought it might be.
(And, btw, since I'm still learning the Lumagen, of course I may be unaware of quicker ways to use it than I understand right now).