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I picked up an AVM50, PVA7, and a Pioneer Elite 79avi on Friday. I've been spending a lot of time getting this stuff set up. I've come accross some frustrations that I hope someone can help me out with. I could have posted this in the official AVM50 thread, but since it is almost the same as the D2 and there are more folks posting here, I thought I'd post in this thread.
First off, I've got DVD movies working fine with the 79avi. Initial impression is that for film based movies, it's not a whole lot better than what I was getting from my HTPC before. Video based DVDs are much better, but I wasn't watching much of these.
I'm having some trouble with DVD-audio discs. I've got just an HDMI cable connecting the 79avi and the AVM50. I bought REM (Automatic For The People), and Foreigner (4). The REM disc plays fine. The AVM50 picks up that it is a 5.1 audio stream coming from the 79avi. When I click "Audio" on the 79avi, it shows PPCM 3/2.1. But when I put in the Foreigner dics, the AVM50 is only detecting 2.0 channel stereo. But the 79avi is showing PPCM 3/2.1. It's bugging the hell out of me why I am not getting 5.1 from this disc. If I had a setup issue, it would have shown up for REM as well. Any insights? And how do you switch to different audio tracks on the 79avi? I click "Audio" but can't switch. I tried this on a movie with DD and DTS. I couldn't switch Audio tracks on the fly. The manual seems to indicate I should use that Audio button.
Next is a problem I had with connecting my HDTV settop box. I have a Rogers Cable HDTV box (Scientific Atlanta 3250). When I connected it via HDMI (with an HDMI/DVI adaptor at the HDTV box), I get one of four possible outcomes, with no predictable pattern of which outcome to expect:
1) No picture, no sound, just a green screen.
2) No picture, no sound, flashing green screen.
3) Picture and sound, but a horrible green tint to the picture
4) Picture and sound, but a horrible green tint to the message box saying my display is not HDCP compliant.
I've tried all kinds of combinations and permutations. Nothing worked. If I disconnected the HDMI input to the AVM50 in outcomes 1 and 2 above, I suddenly got sound and a blank blue screen. Seems HDMI is interfering with coaxial digital audio in????
Three-four hours later, I was getting pissed and rather than risk throwing the cable box and/or the AVM50 out the window, I switched to a component cable connection and it worked fine. Picture quality seemed to be as good as I was getting using the HDMI into my H79. I can let this go, but would prefer to use the HDMI since I paid for the damn cables! As an aside, is there a risk of the cable company limiting resolution on tv shows? I wouldn't want to use component and find out that I can only get Desperate Housewives in 480p!
Then I tried setting up my third HDMI input to the AVM50. That would be my computer, outputting at 1280x720. This input worked fine going directly into my H79 projector. But into the AVM50, I got ... a blank green screen.
What the heck is going on with my setup? Why can't the damn thing seem to accept a computer input? Why doesn't it accept a DVI input from my HDTV box? And why the heck can't I hear Foreigner 4 in 5.1 DVD audio?
I'm not a happy camper at this point. And to top it all off, like I said, the picture from DVD isn't all that much better (if any at all) than I was getting from my HTPC.