Originally Posted by Onk Yo
The settings are are independent of one another. So you can set passthrough then set your zoom, or vice versa and control different things. One is resolution and the other is aspect ratio. I know this board uses the term "upscaling" a lot for the entire process but that's not entirely accurate and may be leading to some confusion. Upconvert means the resolution is changing and scaling (zoom) is a term for size, which entails aspect ratio and squeezed/flat.
Passthrough: pg. 48. Receiver > setup > 1. Input/Output > 1. Monitor Out > Resolution
You can set it to passthrough or a bunch of other choices. I switched my cable input to 1080 resolution and my picture is still the correct aspect ratio on my screen, same as it was in passthrough. Of course I don't have mixed aspect ratios coming in. But it would be interesting to see what happens, might fix your problem, I would think it would unless it is the zoom setting.
From the manual illustration:Normal
is fine, it just pillars the image without changing it, perhaps only when necessary in which case this would hopefully fix your problem and not introduce a problem on your HD programs.Full
is going to stretch your image so it needs to be used only on a squeezed image which most likely you're not going to be feeding in.Zoom
stretches the image vertically which is not good, again, you'd need to have a squeezed image coming in.Wide Zoom
could work, I think to make 720 into 1080 but not sure about that, but the aspect ratio doesn't change, looks like both are 16:9.
If passthrough doesn't do it I have a feeling if you set zoom to normal it will work correctly. You gotta try playing around with settings on a beast like this. And remember, tech support doesn't always know the most so they might not have been able to be helpful in your particular case. But this may be a simple setting and if you don't try it it's not really fair to blame the receiver. Yet.
So what you need to do is stop the SD from stretching, right? When an HD program is on it is okay with your current settings? Or is that messed up too?
Sorry for the confusion. I'm aware that they're independent of one another (resolution & zoom) I was simply making a differentiation in that "resolution" can be set to 100 percent passthrough, whereas there is no such setting for "zoom". That is all. If there was a complete passthrough selection with "zoom", then I doubt I would be having this problem. The best I can do is "auto". That was basically the point to my previous post. Why could they not simply have a passthrough selection for "zoom"?
Better yet, why do they have this selection on the receiver at all. This kind of is presumptuous that the signal that is being received by the 807 is not going to be sent in its proper aspect ratio by the device sending it. Perhaps you or someone else could enlighten me on this.
I did some checking, and the "Normal" setting squashes 1080 signals and makes 480 look fine. My dvr/cable box does not have any video adjustment settings that relate at all to aspect ratio (most of the settings are audio)
Again, the lack of a passthrough selection for the "zoom" is a design flaw, and should have been corrected at the design phase. They could still do it now.
I forgot to mention that I also tried calling Onkyo customer service today. Some guy who really had a stuttering problem put me on hold when I simply asked for the Customer Relations Department. He got back on the phone with me 3 mins later & told me that that department was closed after 5 PM EST. It was 5:03 when I called.
(by the way, I went through a brief stuttering problem when I was in my teens, so there was no intention to make fun of the problem, but I think it is troubling when they're hiring people with that problem to answer the phone)
Edit: I forgot to add that, yes, this relates to the receiver automatically telling my television to adjust itself to its "smart stretch" mode with 480 4:3 content.