Originally Posted by MSGUSA
Here is what I found disturbing. When conversion is used via the 2809CI so that I only have one HDMI cable going to the TV, the 2809CI's conversion causes ALL connected components to use the same picture adjustment settings, i.e. color, contrast, sharpness, etc. Bummer!
Your receiver isn't "causing" anything, if you are using the same input on the TV then of course the picture setting will stay the same unless you change them yourself!! How is the TV supposed to know that you want to change picture settings, it's tuned to the same input the whole time!!
This is one downside of the persistent quest that some folks are on for the "one cable to the TV" solution.
If you desire independent picture settings for the different devices you use, your options are:
1. switch it manually yourself as suggested above
2. use multiple monitor connections and switch inputs on the TV and the receiver.
For example, you could run an HDMI cable and a component video cable to the TV, and have the inputs set up with different picture settings and switch as needed. Or you could do as suggested above and even bypass the receiver for video for certain devices that need a different video setup. With a good universal remote it is trivial to do the input switching on both TV and receiver and you can access a variety of different configurations if you so choose.
I find for all of my hi-def sources that my calibrated settings work fine for everything, so it doesn't bother me. I calibrated two settings on my HDMI input, a "standard" setting that I use most of the time and a dimmer "cinema" setting for when I watch movies with the lights off. I just switch manually when I want one vs the other as it's not always input dependent.