AVR-1913, HDMI control, Apple TV and firmware update
I purchased an AVR-1913 in Austin, Texas two days ago. When I powered it on, I was notified a firmware update was available, but I didn't want to wait 30 minutes to get started with installation, so I deferred. I enabled HDMI control so that the Sony TV would switch the AVR on and off as it was switched on and off since my DirecTV audio is handled by the AVR. All went well until I tried to use my Apple TV. When selected, I would have a short screen of video on my Sony TV and a short burst of audio, then nothing - no video and no audio. The Apple TV worked fine directly connected to any of the Sony TV HDMI inputs, but it would not work through the AVR-1913 on the GAME, MEDIA, DVD or AUX HDMI inputs. I've had some other funny things happen with HDMI control, so I turned it off, and then the Apple TV signals were recognized and processed by the AVR correctly. Finallly I did the firmware update, re-enabled HDMI control, and now the Apple TV still works. I don't know what this means, if anything, but I share it in case it helps someone else.
The AVR replaced a Yamaha RX-V730. That receiver/amplifier is great, but it does not switch HDMI, so I had to switch video inputs at the Sony TV and audio on the RX-V730, and that was getting to be a pain with DirecTV, BlueRay, Apple TV and a PS3. I've had a lot of Yamaha equipment, and it was just time for a change. So far, the AVR does the job well.