* Bluetooth. This is a great idea, and it seems to work well. Range is limited to about 30 feet. It also sounds like the bandwidth of Bluetooth is very low. Makes my system sound like at cheap boom box. I returned the adapter and I will go back to using the Ipod dock.
Which Bluetooth adapter did you use?
There are two available: AS-BT100 and AS BT200
The notations on page 35 states:
With the AS-BT100, some functions may not be available with this receiver.
It goes into "Pairing" quite a bit..Did you have good results when Pairing with Bluetooth?
HDMI - The cable box downgrades to 720P when I turn the TV on.
Quick question, is your TV a 720P HDTV?
I had to go into my Time Warner Cable Box "Scientific Atlantia" Explorer 8240HD DVR and setup my Video selections.
There are usually a lot of choices from Auto to locking in on say 1080i.
Google your Cable box and then check out it's "Owners Manual" like all equipment it will have one!
I disconnected HDMI from the cable box, and have it connected with component leads. So the way to make HDMI work reliably is to disconnect it. Seems to work fine with the BluRay player.
I love your statement:
the way to make HDMI work reliably is to disconnect it.
No it is (just like this receiver) a matter of reading the manuals and setting it up accordingly!
With HDMI there is a Handshake between components that occurs.
With my Vizio HDTV I turn on my Time Warner Cable Box and Vizio HDTV, I then turn on my Pioneer VSX 1020 last.
When my Pioneer 1020 clicks on and sends the HDMI Signal to the Vizio, it senses it and everything works fine.
However if I turned on my Vizio last after the HDMI signal had already been sent to the Vizio for some reason it did not search it out!
But if it was "ON" waiting, it seemed to see the HDMI Signal better when the receiver threw it to it!
With My Pioneer Kuro Plasma and Elite VSX 53 and another Time Warner HD DVR Cable box, it does not seem to make a difference what order I turn things on.
There are posts here at AVS about Vizio's and their HDMI Handshake issues.
So you may want to try it again but with various "Power On Sequences"
Your description sounds like a Handshake issue and your equipment!
Once you have that down you will have no further worries.
HDMI is much better than Component for Video and especially for Surround!
For anything frustrating Ask in here and if all else fails..Call Pioneer..
I have spoken to them twice and practically get right through.
Have an IR question give them a Call and then share here!