Okay, I received my TX-NR905 from Value Electronics last Thursday and hooked it up this afternoon. I've got a cheap Yamakawa DVD player (came free with my laptop!) connected with component cables to the Onkyo's input 1, and then from the Onkyo's component out to a Panasonic tube TV (no HDMI display yet, I'm waiting on the Pioneer FD-150 or Panasonic TH-58PZ750).
When I'm on the Onkyo's menu, the picture is normal. To me, that rules out a problem with the cable between the Onkyo and TV.
But when I'm viewing the DVD player output, it is horizontally compressed, with vertical gray bars and then the left and right edges of the picture are repeated, partially horizontally tiled (see attached picture). In the Onkyo's Monitor Out menu I've got HDMI Monitor set to No, Resolution to through. In the Picture Quality menu, Picture Mode to Auto and everything else off. In OSD Setup, Monitor Type is set to 4:3.
I've tried a different cable between the DVD player and Onkyo, and connecting to the Onkyo's input 2, but the same distorted picture results.
This feels like a setup problem, but I haven't been able to figure it out. Any suggestions would be appreciated!