Posted by gking11: The only knock, as you might surmise, is the audio. After watching the whole thing, though, sometimes it seemed to be in sync, and other times, not so much. Is a fluctuating discrepancy in the audio/video sync a common issue? I've set it up the most simplest and direct way I know how, HDMI sound and picture to the HDTV and a TOSLINK from the HDTV to the receiver. If I wanted to fix the sync issue, is my only hope really plunking down another $300 for a new receiver that handles the sync issue with a manual delay or something similar to that?
Fluctuating audio synch is not a common Blu-ray issue. I rented Watchmen
and had not problem with synch. My receiver does have a synch/delay feature, and my audio/video go into the receiver via HDMI and then to the TV via HDMI.
You could try another hookup. If I were using the equipment you are using, I would connect the player to the receiver via toslink, and I would connect the TV to the player via HDMI as you are doing now. Maybe the synch issue would go away if the sound goes directly to the receiver instead of through the TV?
I really would start looking for a new receiver, though. I upgraded to an HDMI receiver before deciding on a Blu-ray player. I knew I wanted to hear the high-rez audio on Blu-rays. As my previous receiver was not HDMI, I would have had to get a player with analog outs. However, I use the receiver's analog ins for my SACD player, and there really is not an afordable 5.1 analog switcher, so I upgraded to a receiver with HDMI ins and one out. It has the analog inputs for my SACD as well.
Blu-ray is high-rez audio as well as video, and a lot of people miss out on half the enjoyment if they cannot access the sound. One of the reasons I was late getting into Blu-ray was that I wanted an affordable player and I knew I'd need a new receiver to really enjoy it.