Are you sure about that? Its supposed to have HDMI passthrough.
In those words sits the 650 pound Gorilla in the room or the $64,000.00 dollar question!
It seems that no one (in here) has actually gotten the "HDMI Pass Through" to work! LOL!
I have mentioned calling Pioneer and specifically asking them, What's up with this new HDMI Pass-Through because I can't figure it out!
Plus I have the Pioneer Elite VSX 53 and the Pioneer Kuro Plasma HDTV, so I am ALL Pioneer and I still have not gotten it to work.
However in my defense...I would NEVER have my Kuro ON without the Elite VSX 53 being on! What's the point of that?!
I did not buy the E53 to listen to my TV Speakers in a Pass Through situation!
Not to mention that the Sound Bar that sits under and used to be connected to my Pioneer Kuro, is now my Center Channel Speaker from the E53, which really works and Sounds Great!
But because of that I do not even have a Speaker connected to my Plasma anymore.
The only time that I have really seen discussions about HDMI Pass-Through in here, was to be used so the Wife could be able to turn on the TV, without the receiver and watch regular TV and not complain because she is Technically Challenged and cannot figure out that new Fangled Receiver!
"I just want to Watch TV Bla Bla Bla!"
I heard this for the first time when I was at my Brothers helping him set up his new receiver, his wife (My Wonderful & Loving Sister In Law) complained the whole time..
"I don't want all that Stuff, I just want to be able to turn on my TV and Watch it! Grrrr!
But Honey, it will be so much nicer when you can hear it through these speakers, and it will be so easy to do......."
My Poor Brother had no chance of Winning that Argument and just looked at me, I tried to give him the look on my face like, "Don't Worry Brother, I understand ...Trust me, I really Understand!"
I even tried to put my best spin on it, but with a look, I knew.."Don't Go There!" LOL
God, I thought, please just get me back to my E53 and my Wonderful Surround! LOL!
I am obviously not Married but in blissful Divorce status with no kids.
When Girlfriends are over, I have the Controls! LOL!
So, anyway that's my HDMI Pass-Through Story!
If you do call Pioneer and get it worked out...Please share it with the others in here, so far I don't need it!
If my relationship status changes though, I may need to get it worked out! LOL! God, I Crack myself Up!