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 personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".