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post #5641 of 5904
I looked at a picture of the back of the receiver (so I did not have to get mine out) and I saw the component inputs. Do I just follow the red, green, blue for video and put the audio in the red, white CD input?

By doing this when I select component 1 on the receiver the Wii will show on the TV and sound will come from the receiver, correct?

Thanks again,
Wesley
post #5642 of 5904
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Originally Posted by wesleyforbes View Post

I looked at a picture of the back of the receiver (so I did not have to get mine out) and I saw the component inputs. Do I just follow the red, green, blue for video and put the audio in the red, white CD input?

By doing this when I select component 1 on the receiver the Wii will show on the TV and sound will come from the receiver, correct?

Thanks again,
Wesley

Check out pg 19 and 67/68 of the manual -- it explains it pretty well. Basically yes, you'd hook it up, then just go into the menu and assign the correct inputs -- that way when you select DVD or whatever, it knows which assignable inputs you've used.
post #5643 of 5904
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Originally Posted by wesleyforbes View Post

I looked at a picture of the back of the receiver (so I did not have to get mine out) and I saw the component inputs. Do I just follow the red, green, blue for video and put the audio in the red, white CD input?

By doing this when I select component 1 on the receiver the Wii will show on the TV and sound will come from the receiver, correct?

Thanks again,
Wesley

After this is set up, Hit "Receiver" on the remote (bottom right) and then the Video setup button. Here you will be able to adjust color, gamma, brightness, and Resolution. You can change resolution from 480 to 1080 but prob not 1080p, whenever I try to select that it flashes "CANNOT SUPPORT" I can only set up to 1080i.
post #5644 of 5904
Thanks to all that replied, I will get it all hooked up come Christmas. I also noticed that on Amazon they have a Wii HD Link Component Cable. It has the three video component cables (red, blue, green) and the audio cables (white, red) all in one unit the plugs in the back of the Wii. They also offer something like that at Monoprice.com, the only reason why I like the cable offered on Amazon is that they are 8ft versus 6ft at Monoprice.com.

Thanks again,
Wesley
post #5645 of 5904
I actually won a Wii at work and will be getting it soon. Was thinking about buying the component cables from monoprice but doesn't the Pio upscale everything anyway so there would be no advantage over using the composite cables that come with the Wii. Is that correct ?

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Originally Posted by wesleyforbes View Post

Thanks to all that replied, I will get it all hooked up come Christmas. I also noticed that on Amazon they have a Wii HD Link Component Cable. It has the three video component cables (red, blue, green) and the audio cables (white, red) all in one unit the plugs in the back of the Wii. They also offer something like that at Monoprice.com, the only reason why I like the cable offered on Amazon is that they are 8ft versus 6ft at Monoprice.com.

Thanks again,
Wesley
post #5646 of 5904
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Originally Posted by djpositivek View Post

I actually won a Wii at work and will be getting it soon. Was thinking about buying the component cables from monoprice but doesn't the Pio upscale everything anyway so there would be no advantage over using the composite cables that come with the Wii. Is that correct ?

The pio should be able to upscale. But regardless, the component delivers better quality than the composite, for sure, and at the very least, you need component to get 480p. Composite, I believe, only allows 480i from the Wii.
post #5647 of 5904
Need some help tracking down some interference on my VSX-1018. There is something hinky with my sub woofer on low volume. I suspect the AVR or an interconnect. I have been unable to find an answer via the search button.

Ok, here is the deal. At certain times I a quiet and low thumping sounds when I change the volume on the AVR. Another odd behavior is that while watching TV or a movie at low volume I can hear the LFE track coming and going like the sub is falling asleep every now and then.

Any ideas?

please help.
post #5648 of 5904
Am I crazy?

I've watched Transformers II twice now...once with my PS3 set to LPCM and once with Bitstream...and I swear the Bitstream sounded better...cripser highs and deeper bass. It is hooked directly to the receiver via HDMI.

I've checked all the "standard" stuff to make sure all was set correctly (e.g. dynamic range control off).

Everyone say LPCM is better, but I'm tellin ya...it sounded so much better in Bitstream...even dragged my wife downstairs to listen and she agreed.

What gives? Am I doing something wrong?
post #5649 of 5904
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Originally Posted by Mustangs4ever View Post

Am I crazy?

I've watched Transformers II twice now...once with my PS3 set to LPCM and once with Bitstream...and I swear the Bitstream sounded better...cripser highs and deeper bass. It is hooked directly to the receiver via HDMI.

I've checked all the "standard" stuff to make sure all was set correctly (e.g. dynamic range control off).

Everyone say LPCM is better, but I'm tellin ya...it sounded so much better in Bitstream...even dragged my wife downstairs to listen and she agreed.

What gives? Am I doing something wrong?

It's not that LPCM is better, really, but until recently it was the only way to get HD audio. Do you have a PS3 slim (one of the newer PS3's)?

If not, the PS3 only bitstreams dolby digital, not TrueHD or DTS MA. If DD sounded better, I'd suspect a processing difference of some kind.

If you have a PS3 slim that can bitstream HD, I'd say then that your receiver decodes apparently better than the PS3. In theory it shouldn't matter, but I've heard from some that apparently can tell a difference...

So which PS3 do you have?
post #5650 of 5904
I have the 80Gig one that came with Metal Gear Solid 4 (?) so I don't think its the slim....

Will test with other True HD movies to see if I notice a diff.

Will keep you posted.


post #5651 of 5904
Im not sure if this is allowed if not please remove
What is a good price for one of these used a year old in great shape (yes Im selling)
post #5652 of 5904
Again, watched GI Joe tonight (was Transformer II last time)...I swear it sounds sooo much better when I have the PS3 set to bitsream instead of PCM...what gives?

Thanks in advance!

Jonathan
post #5653 of 5904
How do you go about shortening the delay of your rear surround speakers by about 15-20 ms? Do you adjust the distance?
post #5654 of 5904
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Originally Posted by Nowucmenowudont View Post

How do you go about shortening the delay of your rear surround speakers by about 15-20 ms? Do you adjust the distance?

Yep -- I believe most people go by about 1ms for each foot of distance (1,125 feet per second, so it's very close). The built in MCACC calculates this quite well. But you can adjust the distance yourself using that as a guide.
post #5655 of 5904
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Originally Posted by Mustangs4ever View Post

Again, watched GI Joe tonight (was Transformer II last time)...I swear it sounds sooo much better when I have the PS3 set to bitsream instead of PCM...what gives?

Thanks in advance!

Jonathan

Well -- you're listening in HD audio (I'd presume) vs Dolby Digital. (You can verify this by hitting display to see what the PS3 is outputting.) Assuming you're doing HDMI.

Is it the volume levels that are off? Some other configuration? Maybe the speakers are poor quality?

Really doesn't make sense.
post #5656 of 5904
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Originally Posted by silly_walk View Post

Why would you mess around with the way the film sounds like that?

I personally wouldn't mess with the way movies sound either but its your system, try um and use the one you like.

Now to get on my horse. I'll bet you don't notice any difference in any of the DSP settings. I do like to watch football with either the sports or stadium DSP and sadly, I think my amp is either defective or this really doesn't work. My 1015 worked beautifully. I get no difference with any DSP on my 1018 and no one on this forum is willing to try those and say it worked or didn't work for them. Well one guy did and all he said was he didn't hear much difference either.

I'm looking at the Elite 23 but hearing reports the 1018 might still be a better amp overall. The 1018 seems to have more ompf.

Good luck
Dave
post #5657 of 5904
hi everyone, new to this receiver i would like to know what i should set my receiver to for movies i have 5.1 system , this is a nice receiver. and can i set this to true hd or does it do it auto.
post #5658 of 5904
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Originally Posted by eggie View Post

hi everyone, new to this receiver i would like to know what i should set my receiver to for movies i have 5.1 system , this is a nice receiver. and can i set this to true hd or does it do it auto.

Run MCACC and it should configure your speakers.

As for audio, it depends on your source. Assuming a blu ray player via HDMI, it will typically output bitstream and the receiver will decode it. On a PS3, it will decode it natively and send via LPCM and so the receiver doesn't do the decoding.
post #5659 of 5904
Can anyone comment on the ZOOM mode for SD 480i sources? What is the quality and are there any adjustments you can make to it (or is it a fixed zoom?) Like to use it with letterboxed 480i sources (laserdisc) so they just aren't windowboxed in the middle of the screen. TIA.
post #5660 of 5904
*bump* for aspect ratio question...
post #5661 of 5904
Since my DSP seems not to be working and I really need dual HDMI output, I'm thinking about getting rid of my 1018 and getting the the Elite 23.

BUT the 1018 still seems like a better amp (considering weight) and some specs.

Any thoughts from the 1018 community?

Thanks
Dave

The DSP as many of you know as far as I can tell never worked and no one, and I mean no one would try it and report back. I don't care if you listen to it only in discrete or direct and wouldn't fathom defiling the sound in any way. I like to listen to a good ole football game in that good ole stadium re-verb echo. My Klipschorn and other reference Klipsch system can handle it.


Dave
post #5662 of 5904
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Originally Posted by Hagar View Post

The DSP as many of you know as far as I can tell never worked and no one, and I mean no one would try it and report back. I don't care if you listen to it only in discrete or direct and wouldn't fathom defiling the sound in any way. I like to listen to a good ole football game in that good ole stadium re-verb echo. My Klipschorn and other reference Klipsch system can handle it.

Dave

Dave,

Tell me exactly what to press and I'll try it. I use a harmony remote but because it's on the table I grabbed the 1018 remote and don't see how to obviously change the DSP sound mode to stadium or such. I just don't have the willingness to dig through the manual and such (sorry, being honest -- you need to do that for me. )

Anyway, it wouldn't surprise me if this is not available in all sound modes so perhaps that's the issue?
post #5663 of 5904
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Originally Posted by Hagar View Post

Since my DSP seems not to be working and I really need dual HDMI output, I'm thinking about getting rid of my 1018 and getting the the Elite 23.

BUT the 1018 still seems like a better amp (considering weight) and some specs.

Any thoughts from the 1018 community?

Thanks
Dave

The DSP as many of you know as far as I can tell never worked and no one, and I mean no one would try it and report back. I don't care if you listen to it only in discrete or direct and wouldn't fathom defiling the sound in any way. I like to listen to a good ole football game in that good ole stadium re-verb echo. My Klipschorn and other reference Klipsch system can handle it.


Dave

Yeah let me know what you want me to try and I'll report back. Though I may not be able to try it until this weekend.
post #5664 of 5904
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Originally Posted by derek View Post

Can anyone comment on the ZOOM mode for SD 480i sources? What is the quality and are there any adjustments you can make to it (or is it a fixed zoom?) Like to use it with letterboxed 480i sources (laserdisc) so they just aren't windowboxed in the middle of the screen. TIA.

Sorry haven't used it and don't have any 480i sources to test with. Doesn't your TV have a zoom feature?
post #5665 of 5904
Watched last 2 football games in SPort mode, and yes, it makes a difference.

Then flipped through other modes while listening to OTA HDTV recordings, and each DSP mode did alter the sound in some way.

Can't say I liked any of them, but they do work.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hagar View Post

Since my DSP seems not to be working and I really need dual HDMI output, I'm thinking about getting rid of my 1018 and getting the the Elite 23.

BUT the 1018 still seems like a better amp (considering weight) and some specs.

Any thoughts from the 1018 community?

Thanks
Dave

The DSP as many of you know as far as I can tell never worked and no one, and I mean no one would try it and report back. I don't care if you listen to it only in discrete or direct and wouldn't fathom defiling the sound in any way. I like to listen to a good ole football game in that good ole stadium re-verb echo. My Klipschorn and other reference Klipsch system can handle it.


Dave
post #5666 of 5904
Hey guys, having an issue trying to get video on my 1018. I had the 1018 since June of 08 and its been working great from day one. Last night, when I turned on the receiver I couldn't get video signal on any of my devices (PS3, hd-dvd player and notebook) My TV has one hdmi input. My ps3 (slim) is set to "BD" input on the receiver. When I switch over to BD input the screen will flash every 10 seconds like its trying to connect. This also happens on hdmi 1 and hdmi 2. I tried using different hdmi cables and am getting the same results. I then took out all the devices that were connected to the receiver. I had just one hdmi cable from my tv to the receiver. I then try getting MCACC setup to show up on the screen and all I got was a blank screen. I dont know what else to do. I try turning all devices in order. TV, receiver, and then ps3. Could this be a handshake issue with my tv? Never had an issue before. The hdmi input on the tv is working cause I connect the ps3 straight into the input and I get both video and audio.
post #5667 of 5904
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

Hey guys, having an issue trying to get video on my 1018. I had the 1018 since June of 08 and its been working great from day one. Last night, when I turned on the receiver I couldn't get video signal on any of my devices (PS3, hd-dvd player and notebook) My TV has one hdmi input. My ps3 (slim) is set to "BD" input on the receiver. When I switch over to BD input the screen will flash every 10 seconds like its trying to connect. This also happens on hdmi 1 and hdmi 2. I tried using different hdmi cables and am getting the same results. I then took out all the devices that were connected to the receiver. I had just one hdmi cable from my tv to the receiver. I then try getting MCACC setup to show up on the screen and all I got was a blank screen. I dont know what else to do. I try turning all devices in order. TV, receiver, and then ps3. Could this be a handshake issue with my tv? Never had an issue before. The hdmi input on the tv is working cause I connect the ps3 straight into the input and I get both video and audio.

Don't mean to threadcap but this brings up a problem I've been having. I use a harmony remote which pretty much instantly turns everything on. In some situations, it seems that turning everything on into a different activity than what was there when it was turned off (for example, turn on to PS3 when it was on TV)... I get no video on my TV.

Everything is on the correct input (all HDMI BTW), but the only way to fix this is to turn off the receiver and then turn it back. I'm guessing some kind of handshake or something -- I'm not quite sure. Anyone else experience this?
post #5668 of 5904
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Originally Posted by bhlonewolf View Post

Don't mean to threadcap but this brings up a problem I've been having. I use a harmony remote which pretty much instantly turns everything on. In some situations, it seems that turning everything on into a different activity than what was there when it was turned off (for example, turn on to PS3 when it was on TV)... I get no video on my TV.

Everything is on the correct input (all HDMI BTW), but the only way to fix this is to turn off the receiver and then turn it back. I'm guessing some kind of handshake or something -- I'm not quite sure. Anyone else experience this?


I am not using my harmony remote to turn on all devices. I also have try turning off the receiver and then turning it back on. I did a reset to factory mode the receiver and still not getting a video signal. In your case, you were able to get a video signal afterward correct? In my case, no matter what steps I do I cant get a video signal on any of the hdmi inputs.
post #5669 of 5904
does the 1018 have anit vibration feet? the glass of my shelf keeps sliding forward and the reciever is the only thing on it besides my power strip.
post #5670 of 5904
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Originally Posted by dazz87 View Post

I am not using my harmony remote to turn on all devices. I also have try turning off the receiver and then turning it back on. I did a reset to factory mode the receiver and still not getting a video signal. In your case, you were able to get a video signal afterward correct? In my case, no matter what steps I do I cant get a video signal on any of the hdmi inputs.

Yep -- in my case when I turn off the receiver and back on again, it must rehandshake and the problem is resolved.

Part of the problem might be the order of device turn on.

So for example, suppose the kids were playing Wii. Then they turn it off (inputs still set for Wii of course). I walk in, press "Watch TV" which turns DirectV dvr on, my 1018, and the TV, and sets the 1018 input to the DVR.

Occasionally (and that's what makes this frustrating), I'll get a blue "no signal" screen on my Mits DLP. Changing the input doesn't seem to do anything. I can hear the audio on the 1018, so I know the signal is getting that far. When I turn off/on the 1018, something fixes it (re-handshake?) and it's back.

So, I'm not sure what to do. Not as bad as your problem of course ... wish you luck in fixing it..
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