I started to mess with the 5200ES receiver again and here are some things that I found. Here are some of the things that did not work for me but am now 1 step closer to finding the solution.
I have an Xbox360(component/fiberoptic) and H20(HDMI) dtv receiver running to the 5200ES and have a HDMI cable running from the Sony receiver to either an IN72 or Pearl projector.
1. HDMI switching/upconversion did not work for me out the box. Sometimes when I turned everything on and had the input selected to HDMI1 for dtv, it would work, but as soon as I switched to the Xbox360(component), the picture would go blank. Even if I changed the input back to dtv, it would not work. This gave me problems for a couple of days. How could a 1500.00 dollar receiver be this quirky?
1a. Connecting the H20 via HDMI to the 5200 and switching the input to HDMI1 on the 5200ES receiver would cause my H20 dtv box to reboot. It did not just turn off, but it rebooted the H20 receiver. It had to find the signal and acquire the guide/content. This took about 3 minutes each time. I finally got it to work by running component directly from the H20 to the 5200ES and a component cable from the 5200ES to either the Pearl or IN72 projector.
2. When trying to play music from my Xbox 360, I could not get the subwoofer to come on no matter what I tried. Another frustrating thing was that I could not get the music to play in multichannel stereo. At this point, I thought I had a defective unit, but it was not because the subwoofer kicked on during movies. This thing frustrated me so much that I was ready to go with another unit.
3. Picture quality when upconverting. When I watched a movie on my Xbox 360, the picture quality was similar to cable quality. The picture seemed a little smoother, but the color and noise was ridiculous. It was not dvd quality at all. If I watched the movie connected from the Xbox 360 directly to either of my projectors, the image would look alot better. Colors were more accurate, and the picture looked good. Not only did I noticed, but about 5 of my family members noticed this too.
I remember watching Law and Order on TNT hidef and the picture didn't look as good if I ran it through the 5200ES. I also hooked the H20 dtv box directly to my projector and the picture was alot better.
Since these problems, I have found some solutions.
1. I took a Samsung 26" lcd with HDMI and connected it to the Sony 5200ES. OMG! Everything worked fine. The HDMI passed through fine and there was a picture. I then switched input to my Xbox360 and it worked! There was actually a picture on the screen. I switched it back to HDMI1(H20 dtv box) on the receiver and there was picture and sound. I think my problem is that neither my Pearl projector or IN72 projector accepted the HDMI signal. The problem wasn't the Sony, it was my projector.
1a. My H20 dtv box worked fine now when connected to my 26" lcd. No reboots or anything.
2. The stupid Xbox 360 does not output PCM or something like that. It only plays music through the 2 front channels. I connected a pioneer single disc dvd player instead and it passed PCM audio to the receiver. The 5200ES receiver actually displayed PCM in the front panel. Now I can select multichannel stereo. The best part was that the subwoofer actually played with the rest of the music. Before, if I played a cd through the Xbox360, the subwoofer wouldn't even turn on and even if I selected multichannel stereo, it would not work. Problem solved!
3. Picture still does not look as good if I run my sources through the 5200ES. No way of bypassing it.
The sound is great on this receiver. I have Polk LSI speakers and they are 4 ohm. This receiver even has an option in the setup menu to select a 4 ohm impedence. One of the best things about this receiver is that it does not run hot at all. Compared to Denon, Pioneer Elite, and Yamaha, this thing is about twice as cool as the others. Yes, I work at an audio shop and I deal with stuff like this everyday. For instance, you can't even put your hand on top of a Yamaha receiver for more than 20 seconds without pain, but that's another subject. The Sony is slightly warm at best.
Now only if I can get either of my projectors to accept the HDMI input.....
If you guys have any questions about this unit, please ask away......