Need some advice here on if I should put a receiver in front of my XD-3D or "along-side/after"..
I used to have it along-side (i.e. using the receiver to decode audio) for my PJ, but basically after it when hooking up to my Plasma. Unfortunately, Lumagen does not offer a 3rd HDMI out like DUO (which I think is one thing that I really like about DUO) that takes care of dual-display + AVR situation. Long story short, this is what I had been using so far, as my AVR does not handle 3D so I really don't have much choice.
Recently, I got an Onkyo NR-818, which is 3D capable... this gives me thinking of if I should place the receiver ahead of the VP, and use the virtual-input to still get most of XD. It seems like I can turn the VP processing off from 818, so that should take care of the video issue. A few PROs I see doing this is:
1) I got OSD display --> (although I am using irule, so I can program the feedback into the ipad... but for kids, maybe they still want to use the Harmony)
2) No more audio into VP --> That hopefully solve some issues I have currently with Oppo and DTS-HDMA/TrueHD issue. My XD-3D does not support bitsreaming those, so with the AVR taking care of it, I can pretty much ignore all the Audio section in Lumagen. BTW, is there any way to completely ignore the audio input selection?
3) A cleaner install --> All signals goes through the same layer of components (Source --> AVR --> VP --> Device) for both my PJ and Plasma.
The only shortcomings I can see is:
1) I need to do some re-routing on my cabinet, which is not pretty...
2) I need to reprogram my Harmony and Irule.. again, more work...
3) the AVR might not completely bypass all video processing... I checked the 818 forum and it seems that I can indeed turn those off in a special menu... however, without any rigid testing, I think it is hard to tell. (but if it is hard to tell, maybe I am fine
Any other input and comments?