** SEEKING 3D COMPATIBILITY HELP **
It's been a while since I've posted on this forum, but I was hoping someone could chime in with some possible answers. For H.T., I'm using a samsung plasma, an older Oppo BDP-83, a cheapie Sony 3D blu-ray player, and the Onkyo TX-SR607 receiver. I typically use the Oppo but occasionally the Oppo (perhaps in combination with the Onkyo receiver) has problems playing Lionsgate movies that are mastered in Dolby Atmos. Oddly enough, the cheapie Sony plays these discs through the Onkyo without a hitch and I get terrific lossless audio (even though it's downgraded to 5.1).
So question #1
- Is the Oppo player the problem or is it the Onkyo receiver? Would the purchase of a Denon AVS alleviate the issue my BDP-83 is having with the Lionsgate blu-rays?
The more important reason why I'm posting on this thread is I'm suddenly having difficulty with the 3D HDMI connections. We recently moved, and the last time we played a 3D movie was at our previous residence. I can't remember exactly what I did, but we were 100% able to view 3D movies using the Sony 3D player. The plasma is 3D compatible with active glasses, and (believe it or not) I'm certain we had everything connected through this Onkyo receiver. I've read reports this receiver was not 3D compatible, yet everything worked fine. I'm also fairly certain I wasn't compromising sound by using a digital coax (or fiber optic) because one movie that I know we played was the animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens" - and there is no Dolby Digital or DTS option on this disc (just the lossless track).
So I'm wondering what the heck happened between how things were in the past versus after the move? The only 2 things I can think of is that I purchased high speed right angle HDMI plugs and upgraded the firmware to the cheapie Sony blu-ray player. I tried switching back to the previous Mediabridge high speed cable (but still no love). I doubt I can switch the blu-ray player back to the older firmware.
So what is currently happening...
I have the blu-ray player connected to the Onkyo, then HDMI out to the TV. I set the TV option to 3D, but instead of 2 options (3d or 2d) I get 4... as if it was for gaming (but also including "simple 3D"). As the movie starts, the 3D is not correct. It starts at the base at the bottom and slants backwards. When I try to watch the movie in 3D it comes with an error message "must have a 3D compatible TV and player".
If I remove the HDMI cable from the receiver and plug straight into the TV the 3D works perfectly fine! I get the temporary 3D square logo at the bottom-left corner. The depth of the fields are correct (no more slanting from top to bottom or from bottom to top). I can select to watch the movie in 3D and it plays in 3D. But now I'm just watching the movie through the TV without the home theater audio.
I'm wondering if I may have connected a fiber optic optical out from the TV to the receiver for this purpose (assuming the TV downgrades lossless DTS Master Audio or True HD). I somehow doubt I connected it this way because I also remember watching John Wick 1 using the Sony (because the Oppo couldn't properly play it) and I'm 100% the audio was lossless! There's no mistaking the dynamic PUNCH with the lossless audio.
I tried various things with the setup on both the receiver and sony blu-ray player. But nothing seems to work anymore. Is it possible this is all happening as a result of my recent firmware upgrade? Has anyone else had success connecting a 3D blu-ray player through the Onkyo's HDMI ports and then out to the TV? There seems to be some discrepancies with 3D passthrough.