Does OSD "short message" work for volume and input selection through component out to the display or just HDMI?
HD component connections are more bullet proof (no HDCP, handshake, DRM, or "repeater"/relay restriction issues) even though I have HDMI on almost all of my junk. Also component is about 100 times easier for whole house distribution systems. My AVR will be buried in a closet so OSD issues and use through component connections are key to me.
How long does it stay on screen? Not a full 10 seconds I hope.
Does the high standby power consumption disappear if the "HDMI pass through when off" feature is disabled?
In A/V reproduction accuracy, there is no concept of "accounting for taste". We don't "pick" the level of bass, etc., any more than we pick the ending of a play. High fidelity means an unmodified, neutral, exact copy (or "reproduction") of the original artist's tonal balance, timing, dynamics, etc..