Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Near Philadelphia, PA
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I am trying a Denon 4311 against a Pioneer 1522. I haven't gone through the entire Audyssey routine yet so I can't fully compare the sound but I was surprised to see that the image on my Samsung LED TV is better with the Pioneer.
Video on the Pioneer on its LCD setting is crisper than the Denon's and seems to pop off the screen.
I'm currently running HDMI out from a Tivo Premier and a Samsung BD, both of which have optical outputs if I want to use them. I wondered if anyone has had any experience running optical audio out to the receiver from the Tivo and/or blu-ray player and going direct via HDMI f to the TV for video, bypassing the receiver.
Would I find problems syncing dialogue and image? Would I lose any video signal upconversion if I bypass the receiver (doubtful, since they both upconvert)? Importantly, would there be any other problems I don't know enough to anticipate?
I would like to keep the Denon because it was my first choice and I have the feeling that when I get Audyssey set up it might sound a little better than the Pioneer. But we watch TV and movies through it every night, and if the Pioneer video is the best I can get that'll tip the balance.
Thanks in advance for your help!