Originally Posted by GregLee
... If you assign a certain audio input port and a certain video input port to the same device...?
Not taking offence that no-one offered even a single reply to my 4 posted questions, as possibly it was too long a post or the questions were basically too technical about receiver ability and not geeky enough. I will give a seat-of-the-pants answer to Greg above that is purely from an "it's technically simple and a great function, so why don't they do it" standpoint:
All they (the engineers or whomever is developing this equipment) would need do is allow the user to assign the video input and audio input for each "device" and the problem is solved. It matters not that the signals are comming in over a single HDMI cable, they are obviously discrete and the receiver knows which is audio and which is video. It is not the receiver's issue if the person using it wants to asign a Beatles song to a Madonna video of listen to Deaf Leopord while watching Jay Lenno, so there is nothing about "truthfulness". It is quite simply a matter of using the highly advanced technologies of the unit to do very simple customized signal routing. It amazes me that a great percentage of those on this forum don't have this issue or desire to hear something different than the soundtrack of a particular video signal. To watch slides and listen to the radio, to view a cool computer graphic video and listen to their favorite music off their ipod, etc. etc. Of course it is possible to bypass the receiver and accomplish this, but that defeats the purpose of a single-box audio/video switcher in the first place. Somehow I thought Denon did this but will have ask around. My existing Pio 1015 does have the ability to assign each device a sepperate digital and analog input, but it does not offer differentiation between video and audio. It sort of works, because I can currently assign, for instance, a component video input and an optical digital audio to the same "device", and I could assign that same video or optical to another device as well which is effectively what i want to do. My interest though is to do it with the hdmi cables in order to have the full digital quality throughout and minimize cabling (one main reason HDMI is interesting in the first place). Furthermore, though the Xbox360 (for instance) has component and hdmi out, the hdmi takes precedent and if plugged in the component does not send signal (how it knows I have no idea!), so I would be limited with my Xbox to using the analog video connection as well as more cables. Anyhow, I now have to wonder if this new (improved?) 1020 even has assignable digital and analog inputs, but since no-one took time to even reply I have to assume that either no-one here is interested in this isse (or BlueTooth for that matter) so I don't anticipate anyone with a unit actually taking the few minutes to check about input assignabilty.
In any event, if input signals are not assignable its a deal breaker, not worth the extra money as my 1015 is a really nice receiver. Bluetooth would be great, but likely it is still an early and crippled version like the internet radio (manual entry of ip addresses? this is 2010!!). Starting to think the remote is not the only garbage downgrade of this unit...