another FYI on menus (although I'm sure most of you figured it out). if it's not showing up on HDMI TV (only place it *would* show up), hit GUI so the receiver shows GUI off. then hit menu and you can use the receiver's display to do most of the same tasks. it's not as pretty but it works
I am still having a few growing pains. Playing MP3's on the PS3 it tends to revert to stereo output because it's getting digital in so it automagically selects everything. you can use the sound +/- buttons on the remote to turn on the 5.1 speakers, but it doesn't seem to "stick" that way.
Note to others: only the PS3 Slim has HDMI 1.4.. so Bravia Sync isn't an option on the old black room heaters
HDMI works great with it though. I saw that a year ago and forgot, having dreams of powering up the PS3 and having everything else turn on to match it.
using an older DVD player with component outputs+digical coax audio - I would prefer it displayed 4:3 content with black bar sides but that doesn't seem to be an option for component. If I got a sony bluray or dvd player with HDMI, does it display 4:3 content (eg old TV shows on DVD) as full height with black bar sides? I'm using a Sony KDL-40EX400 which is handing all control over to the receiver. I'm *trying* to keep the TV down to one HDMI in from the receiver and manage it all from there. I'm also not really seeing where the receiver controls the TV (aside from automagic stuff like on/off). I thought you were supposed to be able to control the other device to some extent? must be in the buttons at the top of the remote which I still don't quite get