Originally Posted by alelton
I have been a fan and owner for years! Just got the o.k to upgrade to a new receiver with HDMI, and guess what! I want to order the 2600!! So what do I do? I read all the reviews on line. They are glorified press releases, so I go this thread. Much of the talk is positive, I think I still want one, but are the problems encountered widespread or just a few pieces? Are they show stoppers? Lag in the audio when shifting gears doesn't seem like a deal breaker, but the talk of hdmi not happy has my attention. Is it common? Workable? Spec. bashing? I think I will have to wait and see how this shakes out over the short term, but I hope we get better feedback while I still have the green light to buy!
Okay, so here is my report:
THE AVR-2600 is friggen awesome!
Okay...more seriously: Perhaps I should count myself lucky for having no problems at all...but it also makes me skeptical of people who do report problems. It makes me wonder if they actually have everything setup properly or not. Lets take the HDMI pass-through issues first:
You have to set HDMI to Pass-Through for every one of your inputs. You also have to tell the receiver where it needs to find sound and video for every single input. Example: The HK has an input called TV -- there is a default already set on the HK such that it looks in HDMI 1 to find the audio and video. However, in my system the Xbox 360 is in HDMI 1 -- so the first requirement is to tell the receiver to look in HDMI 2 where I have connected the HDTV Tuner. Once the HK is looking in the proper place for the sound/video, then I can decide whether I want the HDMI port to be a pass-through or not. If so, you get a pure, unadaulterated image from the source. If not, the HK plays a role.
My HDTV tuner broadcasts some channels in 720p and others in 1080i. This forces my TV to change resolution channel by channel. If I set the HK to pass-through, then it is up to the TV. Instead, if I set the HK to manage the video and to output 720p, then it does exactly that no matter what my HDTV Tuner is feeding.
The short version of this story is that HDMI Pass Through works flawlessly as tested from my HDTV Tuner, my Xbox 360, my Wii, and my standard def TiVo. All of them passed through as expected if I set the HK to do so. Similarly, if I allowed the HK to upscale or downscale, it did that too!
I will have a PS3 in about 3 weeks and I will test that also and report back...but I have to believe that one of 2 things is true for anyone reporting a blank screen on PS3 pass-through; either 1) there is an error in the settings, or 2) the unit is faulty and should be replaced/serviced
Anyway, onto other topics: There is a moment of audio lag upon switching sources...but my AVR-435 had this also and I just take it as expected. So I lose the first 1 second of audio...if it is really important I can usually pause the video feed and wait for the HK to make adjustments before playing (so I dont lose the sound)...but seriously, how often are the first 1-3 seconds of audio that important when starting any game/video?
Once the audio has begun, I get no audio drop-outs whatsoever.
Dolby Volume is awesome! I hated the fact that with my old receiver I always had to remember to crank the volume way down before switching from my Xbox 360 (connected via component) to my TiVo (connected via RCA) because the TiVo volume was SO MUCH LOUDER naturally. Now, not only does Dolby Volume control loud commercials...but it keeps a constant volume from one input to the next...so if I switch from my TiVo to my Xbox and back to my HDTV, then over to my Wii...the volume is always consistent without me having to fight it!
The EQ Easy setup feature did a great job on distance and a TERRIBLE job on volume per channel. My front Left and Front Right speakers are the same type, the exact same distance from my listening point (where I placed the mic)...yet for some reason it had the volume on the front left set to +2db and the front right set to -7db!? Anyway, the settings are easily adjusted manually...so this is not really a point of consideration for me.
In conclusion, for me -- everything works PERFECTLY, sounds terrific, and looks brilliant! I am very happy!