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Manchild's Avatar Manchild 02:06 PM 12-31-2011
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Why does every piece of video gear I have have video processing? ...the BD player, my pre/pro (Onk 5508) and my JVC projector. I hate (paying for) redundancy. But that forced redundancy gives me options, and I use the superior vp in my projector. The other two are bypassed/off.

Jeff

I totally agree, but IMHO the most logical place for the optimum video processing would be in a processor given it is the hub of communication. More often than not the video processing in the processors (like the HQV Reon-VX in your 5508 or the Vida) is superior to those in displays/projectors; obviously there are exceptions (Pioneer Kuros, JVCs, etc.).

The part that infuriates me is the fact that the video processing required these days is by and large pretty minimal for most users: 1) pass through a native 1080p signal from a Blu-ray; 2) up-rez a 720p HDTV signal; and 3) de-interlace a 1080i signal (usually without even the need for a 3:2 pulldown). All the noise reduction, support for a myriad of film cadences, etc. are of minimal value in my experience.

kbarnes701's Avatar kbarnes701 02:11 PM 12-31-2011
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Why does every piece of video gear I have have video processing? ...the BD player, my pre/pro (Onk 5508) and my JVC projector. I hate (paying for) redundancy. But that forced redundancy gives me options, and I use the superior vp in my projector. The other two are bypassed/off.

Jeff

The reviewer said that even when the 80.3 was set to 'through' the bit depth was still mangled. Do you bypass the video processing in your 5508 entirely by using the TV/VCR button/return method until 'skip' is shown?

I have to say that in my 5509 I have not noticed any problem with the VP/bit depth so maybe it was in an early iteration of the FW and has now been fixed, as the review intimated it might have been. I don't even know if it affects the 5508 which uses a different video chip.
pepar's Avatar pepar 02:14 PM 12-31-2011
Display calibration, for me, is in the HD750. Source is 98% 1080p. Otherwise, TV is 1080i or 720p. Scaling/deinterlacing is done, obviously, in the projector. Honestly, I never researched and compared the vid processors, but the 5508 is new and the projector was already calibrated.

As of now, I am "through" but the chatter mentioned by Keith has me planning on "bypassing" it the first chance I get.
pepar's Avatar pepar 02:19 PM 12-31-2011
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Originally Posted by kbarnes701 View Post


I have to say that in my 5509 I have not noticed any problem with the VP/bit depth

How would that manifest itself?

BTW, I was giddy with excitement over J Palmer and ,,,
fplanner2000's Avatar fplanner2000 03:27 PM 12-31-2011
Just installed an Oppo BDP-95 into my system so have pretty advanced video (1.4) direct to my TV thru 1 HDMI out and digital sound to my Integra 9.8 through the other HDMI out. I can definitely live without the xt32 for as long as it takes for the Integra 80.4 or 80.5 or whatever to come out.. :-) It will also be interesting to see what Onkyo does..

I'm off the AV/processor-upgrade merry-go-round after a very short ride thanks to the Oppo. Picture and sound are great and I'm happy as my HT is no longer the weakness of my system. I continue to enjoy this forum and am constantly learning new things - thank you all for your participation.
kbarnes701's Avatar kbarnes701 05:43 PM 12-31-2011
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How would that manifest itself?

If the chroma is compromised in some way then it's going to show as some form of colour corruption issue - maybe blurring where colours overlap or the colours themselves being 'off'. I've not noticed any problems with my 5509 when using the Digital Video Essentials HD disc. All the tests seem to be passed with, er, flying colours.

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BTW, I was giddy with excitement over J Palmer and ,,,

Oh yes... me too... but ,,,,, must be in festive mood as his response has been strangely muted and, dare I say, polite HST, it seems, so far, that ,,,, is winning on points, by a country mile.
kbarnes701's Avatar kbarnes701 05:53 PM 12-31-2011
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

As of now, I am "through" but the chatter mentioned by Keith has me planning on "bypassing" it the first chance I get.

I'd be interested in your findings, Jeff. When I tried this I couldn't see any difference at all between 'through' and 'bypass', albeit on real world experience (movies) not on a test disc.
cwt's Avatar cwt 09:29 PM 12-31-2011
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I’d be interested in your findings, Jeff. When I tried this I couldn’t see any difference at all between 'through' and 'bypass', albeit on real world experience (movies) not on a test disc.

Must say ; agree entirely about the talk of vp duplication ; one reason I bought an audio only pre pro ; still not sure what vp is in my new epson tw9000 proj ? ; certainly isnt the last gen models hqv reon ; I have some thoughts though . Its certainly reassuring being able to say yes or no based on the No of your sd/hd sources

On topic ;when was the last firmware upgrade ? You may well be safe as Kris intimated later in the review ; certainly hope so ; Ime sure someone here has already asked onkyo for clarification ;maybe extrapolate from this vv ?

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While I only received the DHC-80.3 a few weeks ago,


kronik's Avatar kronik 10:44 PM 12-31-2011
I think I saw this same issue in the 80.2 thread but I never saw a resolution.

I can't figure out how to get my Boxee, outputting via HDMI, to play FLAC/Pandora/anything else via 2-channel only. When I change my Listening Mode Preset from "All Ch Stereo" to Stereo, nothing changes.

What am I missing?
Bosef's Avatar Bosef 06:25 AM 01-01-2012
Do the Onkyo 5509 and Integra 80.3 have some kind of CMS when you don't by-pass the video processor?!
pepar's Avatar pepar 09:27 AM 01-01-2012
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Do the Onkyo 5509 and Integra 80.3 have some kind of CMS when you don't by-pass the video processor?!

CMS is part of video processing .. i.e. in the vp chip.
Bosef's Avatar Bosef 09:52 AM 01-01-2012
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CMS is part of video processing .. i.e. in the vp chip.

Thank you!
My next pj (jvc-rs45) does not have a complete CMS, so i can use the 5509 for that
pepar's Avatar pepar 10:18 AM 01-01-2012
Ciao e Felice Anno Nuovo!

I have the HD750 myself (equivalent to RS20) and the CMS is very good.

Jeff
nismo604's Avatar nismo604 10:29 AM 01-01-2012
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Originally Posted by Manchild View Post


I totally agree, but IMHO the most logical place for the optimum video processing would be in a processor given it is the hub of communication. More often than not the video processing in the processors (like the HQV Reon-VX in your 5508 or the Vida) is superior to those in displays/projectors; obviously there are exceptions (Pioneer Kuros, JVCs, etc.).

The part that infuriates me is the fact that the video processing required these days is by and large pretty minimal for most users: 1) pass through a native 1080p signal from a Blu-ray; 2) up-rez a 720p HDTV signal; and 3) de-interlace a 1080i signal (usually without even the need for a 3:2 pulldown). All the noise reduction, support for a myriad of film cadences, etc. are of minimal value in my experience.

What gets me is that I have a receiver that sports an ISF badge, one would think for ISF to put their name on any product color accuracy would be paramount. To quote their website "The Imaging Science Foundation is in the Display Standards industry, and since 1994 has been dedicated to improving the quality of electronic imaging."

And I do agree with you, given that the AVR/Processor is the hub for anyone's HT it would be the optimal place for the VP.
pepar's Avatar pepar 11:54 AM 01-01-2012
Slight point of departure ... video processing can be located in any component that is in the video signal path and is common to all video sources. My position is that that location should be the display as it meets those criteria and is exclusive to the video chain. I only need my pre/pro to switch video.
kbarnes701's Avatar kbarnes701 12:27 PM 01-01-2012
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Slight point of departure ... video processing can be located in any component that is in the video signal path and is common to all video sources. My position is that that location should be the display as it meets those criteria and is exclusive to the video chain. I only need my pre/pro to switch video.

Or, of course, a dedicated Video Processor like mine A VP can invariably do so much more than the processor in any display or other unit. Not that I am disagreeing with you on the very first day of the year - just expanding the discussion
mikefl52's Avatar mikefl52 01:04 PM 01-01-2012
Well I swapped out my Anthem D1, SVS AS-EQ1 & DVDO VP50 for an Integra DHC 80.3. Set everything up this morning an it's all working beautifully.

My only issue is that I appear to be a couple of inputs short. One is for my turntable, I use an external preamp so I can't use the phono input and am using the CD input for my Squeezebox touch. The other is my Escient/CD Changer which to be honest I don't use much anymore since I rip all my CDs to FLAC & play them back through the Squeezbox. Any thoughts on how to hook up the turntable would be appreciated.

Initial impressions are very good. I was really worried about the audio performance for music, but initial listening has allayed those fears. Movie performance appears to be better than the Anthem, more involvement from the surrounds and vocals seem to be clearer.
AndyN's Avatar AndyN 01:31 PM 01-01-2012
Since you're going out of a preamp into the Integra I believe you can use the balanced inputs or the left and right RCAs in the multichannel inputs for the Turntable.
pepar's Avatar pepar 01:55 PM 01-01-2012
Multichannel inputs are not digitized and therefore no processing is done on the signals. More specifically, there is no bass management or Audyssey room correction. But any other L&R line level inputs would work.
pepar's Avatar pepar 02:00 PM 01-01-2012
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Originally Posted by kbarnes701 View Post

Or, of course, a dedicated Video Processor like mine A VP can invariably do so much more than the processor in any display or other unit. Not that I am disagreeing with you on the very first day of the year - just expanding the discussion

Yes, of course, a dedicated VP is a upgrade. Unfortunately, my previous system iteration had the iScan VP50 Pro ... which was a crippled piece of gear - expensive piece at that - that never got CMS. Basically, all it did in my system was scale to a custom 1366x768 for my Sony VPL-HS20. Yes, yes, a real waste, I know. But I sold the VP50 Pro quickly when the JVC HD750 arrived. The HS20 was donated to a local community organization.

I'm sure your VP is a very capable model.

Jeff
mikefl52's Avatar mikefl52 02:32 PM 01-01-2012
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Originally Posted by AndyN View Post

Since you're going out of a preamp into the Integra I believe you can use the balanced inputs or the left and right RCAs in the multichannel inputs for the Turntable.

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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Multichannel inputs are not digitized and therefore no processing is done on the signals. More specifically, there is no bass management or Audyssey room correction. But any other L&R line level inputs would work.

Thanks for the advice, ordered a couple of balanced to RCA adapters & I will give the balanced inputs which are assignable a try. None of the other L&R are assignable.
Kal Rubinson's Avatar Kal Rubinson 04:02 PM 01-01-2012
Are no other analog RCA input jacks open? They do not need to be assignable if they are accessible from a selector button or as an "alternative" to a digital input.
mikefl52's Avatar mikefl52 04:13 PM 01-01-2012
All the other inputs are used:
Bluray, WD TV Live, DirecTV, XBox, Squeezebox, Mac Mini, DVD.
pepar's Avatar pepar 04:29 PM 01-01-2012
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Originally Posted by mikefl52 View Post

Thanks for the advice, ordered a couple of balanced to RCA adapters & I will give the balanced inputs which are assignable a try. None of the other L&R are assignable.

Ummm, what do you mean "balanced to RCA adapters?"
mlknez's Avatar mlknez 04:35 PM 01-01-2012
I did update to the latest firmware and will test Audyssey full config on my bi-amped speakers tomorrow when the house is quiet.
AndyN's Avatar AndyN 05:38 PM 01-01-2012
I can't unzip the new firmware. Anyone with problems?
mlknez's Avatar mlknez 06:26 PM 01-01-2012
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I can't unzip the new firmware. Anyone with problems?

I could not unzip it either. I did the upgrade via net and that worked
FilmMixer's Avatar FilmMixer 06:49 PM 01-01-2012
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I can't unzip the new firmware. Anyone with problems?

The first posting on the Onkyo website for the 3009/5009 was also not able to be unzipped....

I checked the Integra FW.. same date, same name as the Onkyo FW, and same issue (i.e. can't unzip.)

I had to call Onkyo and report the issue... Onkyo fixed their DL link the next day..

The firmware appears to be identical identical, and is both for the receivers and pre/pro (the Integra file is the same, which is ONK000A.... I would suggest a call to them to point it out that their file is corrupt. (I suspect the 5009 will work fine with the Integra if you are in a rush, I don't think trying it would hurt anything.)

Onkyo 5009 Firmware 12/20/2011
N8DOGG's Avatar N8DOGG 07:04 PM 01-01-2012
I sure hope the guys bi-amping are going the active, 2 separate amp route and not just passive. You'd just be giving yourself a headache with no sonic benefit other than placebo.
pepar's Avatar pepar 07:06 PM 01-01-2012
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I sure hope the guys bi-amping are going the active, 2 separate amp route and not just passive. You'd just be giving yourself a headache with no sonic benefit other than placebo.

Don't get me started.
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