Good Morning Everyone,
So I bit the bullet and bought an up to date receiver with HDMI. I’m worried that next year most receivers won’t have composite inputs on the front panel and I need those when I pull out my old video game systems.
So, I decided to buy my first Denon – a 3313, and so far I’m pleased. I’m only using two speakers and sub. My speakers are older Polk Audio R50’s and my sub is a Klipsch SW450. It was $999 which is a pretty good price for Canada.
I went with the 3313 firstly so I can listen to music on my PVR (or music from any source for that matter) and play my PS3 at the same time, and secondly for the look (edited haha), I hooked my main HDMI output to input 1 on my TV and the zone 2 HDMI to input 2 on my TV. I tried having my main zone on the 3313 set to my PVR music stations, and setting my zone 2 to PS3. I changed my TV input to input 2 and I was able to play Tekken with sound effects coming through my TV while listening to PVR music on my home theatre speakers.
I also connected to zone 2 composites (audio and video) to a composite input on my TV and I can listen to PVR music and play my Nintendo that’s plugged in through the front composite inputs.
One problem I did have during set up was in trying to use watch my PVR with my receiver turned off, but using it as a passthrough. I don’t always want my receiver turned on to watch TV. I turned on the HDMI control. I wanted to use this function because, since I’m attaching the Zone 2 to my TV I’m already using 2 of the 3 HDMI inputs on my TV, and the third one is on the side of the TV, I don’t want a cable sticking out the side of my TV and I don’t want to buy a hinged HDMI adapter if I don’t have to.
I turned the HDMI control to “On”, set the standby source to “PVR”, the control monitor to “Monitor 1” and the power off control to “Off”. I problem I had was if I turned on the receiver after the TV the sound would come out of the receiver, but if the TV powered up after the receiver (which happens when I power on the system with my Harmony One) the sound comes out the TV speakers even though the receiver was turned on – no matter what button I hit short of turning the receiver off then on again, or changing the VIERA link option using the TV remote. Once I changed the control monitor to “Monitor 2” the problem was solved. Now, although the TV powers up second the sound still always comes out the receiver speakers. Can anyone explain to me why it would work this way as I don’t understand why changing that worked? Please.
It was my first time using Audyssey and I have a question about it. After browsing the very thorough and informative Audyssey FAQ (thanks to whoever wrote that) I began. The receiver automatically set my speakers to “large” so was it ok for me to change them to small and my crossover to 80hz (which was set to 40hz) although that’s not what Audyssey set them to.
Wow, this got to be MUCH longer than I expected – sorry. Thanks for reading if you did, and if you skipped to the end I don’t blame you. I just wanted to share my first Denon experience, and thanks for any answers you may provide.