Hi all, I picked up the Sony unit as part of a cyber monday deal to replace a Logitech revue I tried for a few weeks but returned, and I am having a few issues with format output that hopefully somebody could provide some insight into. First of all, video output resolution. I have my setup as follows via HDMI:
Comcast Motorola DCX-3400M>Sony Google TV>Denon AVR>Sony 46w4100 TV
My goal is to use the Sony unit as my primary network media renderer, allowing for audio and video to stream from my main computer downstairs without having to change inputs on the TV and AVR.
The TV is 1080p native, and can do either 24 or 60 fps. Unfortunately, since the GTV unit can only do 1080p/24, and cannot switch on the fly or pass native resolution, there doesn't seem to be an ideal was to set up the output res. The cable box is capable of doing native resolution output, but since the Sony cannot switch or pass-through on the fly, I decided the best compromise was to set both the cable box and the Sony to fixed 1080i out. I would have liked to do 1080p, but the 24p restriction made any fast motion scene look awful. While my current selection isn't ideal for 720p cable channels, it seems to be an OK compromise.
The problem now is when playing other content, such as a standard DVD, ripped or recorded HD video, or online HD content, I am stuck with the fixed 1080i output. Shouldn't losing half of the pixels and interlacing, only to have the TV deinterlace the same signal cause a significant decrease in IQ? Is there any way around this or better setting to use?
The second, but similar issue happens with audio. When I play any track in any format via the media player, google music, or Plex, the signal is output as PCM at 48 khz, regardless of the tracks original sample rate, which is usually 44.1 khz. Just for an experiment, I played an audio CD in the disc player and the output audio to my AVR was 2 channel PCM 44.1 khz, so I know that technically the player is capable of outputting this format. But is there anyway to stop the player from resampling all audio to 48khz? I assume that this is because even if the unit is only playing one thing currently, it is always ready to mux together multiple sources of sounds or audio and output it as 1 signal. If this is so, then what other terrible lossy manipulations is the Sony GTV doing to the music track before output? Is it simply a bad idea to use this as a music player?