I have just hooked up a new 806 at home and have the following sources connected:
Oppo DV-981HD (outputting 1080p) HDMI
PS3 (outputting 1080p) HDMI
Nintendo Wii (outputting 480p) Component
I have an HDMI out from the receiver to a Westinghouse LVM-37W3 1080p LCD
When the sources are individually connected to the display, all looks good:
- PS3 is the right resolution and aspect ratio
- DVD player is the right resolution and aspect
- Wii is the right aspect and is upscaled to fit the 1080p screen. Slight grain in image
Once I connect the sources to the receiver and leave it to scale the Wii, I get the following:
- PS3 is the correct resolution, but part of the carrier signal is visible in trailers such as the Quantum of Solace 1080p trailer downloaded from the PS store.
- DVD appears fine
- The Wii is a MESS. The image becomes washed out and the 16:9 image is squashed to 4:3.
I called Onkyo tech support who took a while to get on the same page. Tried various things including resetting the receiver to defaults, but nothing changed. After promising to escalate and call me back, I did indeed receive a call back to say that THIS WAS NORMAL
. What the flying fox are they talking about?
If I connect a component out from the receiver to the TV and bypass the upconversion to HDMI, the imageis displayed correctly. Clearly, this is a problem with the DCDi cinema chip. Anyone else able to replicate this?
As a new onkyo dealer I am considering dropping the line if I can't get some sensible response from them via my distributor on monday. If they still insist this is normal behavior, the very least I will have to do is avoid this model. IIRC, I set up a TX-SR606 for a customer the other week with an HD cable box, an Oppo DVD and a Wii and didn't see this issue, even though that unit was also upconverting the component Wii image to HDMI.
New buyers beware - get a demo before you buy of a setup similar to yours or use these forums. More info as I have it
Two images for comparison. Taken with the same exposure (1/250s) same aperture (F4) same ISO (800) and have received no processing other than resize to 800x533:
Component out from receiver (480i apparently) no upconversion:
HDMI out with upconversion from component input:
The difference in brightness of the two images is due entirely to the Onkyo. Notice also how the HDMI output is squashed & blurred as well.