Originally Posted by emattias
Originally Posted by batpig
4. Yes, any audio only source can be mixed with any HDMI video source
Hmm. I've gotten conflicting answers on this question. Could someone else confirm or deny this? No offence batpig! Thanks for answering me!
Also, is it true that the answers for the Denon receivers are identical with the Marantz answers? Is there any difference between either brands app except for the branding?
Have you read through the first few posts of this thread? It actually discusses this specifically as this "enhancement" of the Video Select feature is a brand new addition to these E/X series models. So some of the "conflicting information" may be due to the fact that this current implementation is relatively new and is not applicable to older models prior to this current model year.
So, to be clear:
1. For many many years Denon receivers have had a "Video Select" feature with which you could select a different video source to "mix" with the current audio source. For example, if you were listening to a CD, you could use "Video Select" to choose the video source for the SAT/CBL input and watch a game while listening to music.
2. The advent of HDMI created a lot of incompatibilities with this feature, and until this year Denons basically said "no dice" when trying to use Video Select with HDMI sources. The feature was still there, but it only functioned with an analog video stream. So if you wanted to watch the game while listening to music, you would have to connect your cable/sat box with analog component video instead of or in addition to the HDMI connection. There were also workarounds, such as connecting your cable box directly to the TV with HDMI and sending the audio separately to the receiver with an optical digital cable, so you were divorcing the video feed from the audio feed.
3. On the E/X series models, Denon this year modernized the Video Select feature by allowing you to "mix" an audio only source with a separate video feed that can finally be HDMI. So if for example you are listening to an Airplay stream or Internet Radio or Pandora, you can hit the "Option" button on the remote and then select any video source to mix with that audio source. However, this ONLY applies to "audio only" sources -- tuner, network audio streams, CD input -- and you CAN'T mix two different HDMI sources (audio from one, video from another).