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post #12991 of 16452
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Originally Posted by HeffeMusic View Post

Hello All,
Hope you are all enjoying the Holiday's! I have a question regarding ARC. My old laptop that had my current ARC settings, stopped working. Is there a way to reload my current ARC settings from my MRX 700 back to the ARC software? Or if that is not possible can I save the ARC settings internally in the receiver?

To add to my question, I am thinking about adding front height speakers to my current 5.1 setup. Are the additional channels operative only when the DTS NEOX, or Prologic 2x modes are selected?
post #12992 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Tigger! View Post

Don't let all the info in those posts scare you. Nothing is really all that hard to do (I can just get a bit detailed in some of my responses to questions some times wink.gif ).
With the Sub 12, are you using PBK? If yes, and you have not moved your sub, no need to re-do the PBK settings. If however you are planning to re-run PBK on the sub (maybe you have moved the sub or things in your room have changed), run PBK first, than run ARC.
If you are not using PBK with the Sub 12, disregard and just treat it like a standard sub. biggrin.gif
There are numerous people on here with Sub 12's that can probably give you a great advice on how to setup the Sub 12.

If you can swing the $99 for PBK, I highly recommend it prior to ARC. I have the Paradigm Sub 15 and as others can tell you, my sub chart looked great afterwards.
post #12993 of 16452
Update regarding Oppo 103/5 and MRX 700



The error has been confirmed as a bug in which the MRX series is not properly accepting an EDID handshake. This issue will be resolved through our firmware to address the MRX series explicitly, and it is likely that Anthem will make a similar update to ensure no other compatibility issues persist with other products.

Best Regards,

Customer Service
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Service@oppodigital.com
Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119
post #12994 of 16452
^^^^^ And a Fixed

You will want to download the following firmware: https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-103/BDP103-firmware-38-1211.aspx

This will resolve your issues that you are experiencing with the Anthem MRX700 receiver when bit streaming audio through HDMI 1 or HDMI 2.

Best Regards,

Customer Service
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Service@oppodigital.com
Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119
post #12995 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

^^^^^ And a Fixed
You will want to download the following firmware: https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-103/BDP103-firmware-38-1211.aspx
This will resolve your issues that you are experiencing with the Anthem MRX700 receiver when bit streaming audio through HDMI 1 or HDMI 2.
Best Regards,
Customer Service
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Service@oppodigital.com
Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119

Thanks for poking the bear;)
John
post #12996 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

^^^^^ And a Fixed
You will want to download the following firmware: https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-103/BDP103-firmware-38-1211.aspx
This will resolve your issues that you are experiencing with the Anthem MRX700 receiver when bit streaming audio through HDMI 1 or HDMI 2.
Best Regards,
Customer Service
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Service@oppodigital.com
Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119

Wow, makes me want to pick up an Oppo. Amazon video is the only thing holding me back. It's not on Apple TV so I use my current blu-ray player for it.
post #12997 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

Wow, makes me want to pick up an Oppo. Amazon video is the only thing holding me back. It's not on Apple TV so I use my current blu-ray player for it.

Great player! You should. Amazon is on the Roku stick for $50 at Oppo normally $99 which works on the Oppo.
Edited by Brian-HD - 12/14/12 at 5:00am
post #12998 of 16452
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Originally Posted by jayray View Post

Thanks for poking the bear;)
John

You are welcome. smile.gif
post #12999 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

Wow, makes me want to pick up an Oppo. Amazon video is the only thing holding me back. It's not on Apple TV so I use my current blu-ray player for it.

Oppo's after-sales support is, IMO, breathtakingly good.
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

Wow, makes me want to pick up an Oppo. Amazon video is the only thing holding me back. It's not on Apple TV so I use my current blu-ray player for it.

Great player! You should. Amazon is on the Roku stick for $50 at Oppo normally $99 which works on the Oppo.

I've been thinking about picking one of those up, too, to supplement my AppleTV. (We have an Oppo BDP-83, which came out before the ones with all of the streaming stuff.) Is there a good thread on here that goes into any material differences between the Roku boxes, and what one needs to do to actually use it. (I'm a Mac/iOS guy, though the best phone interface I've yet used is still my old Palm Pre's. Lesser interfaces such as Windows, Android, etc. invariably confuse me.)
post #13000 of 16452
Oppo 103/5 comes with a Roku stick. Go to both websites and both Oppo's threads 103/5.
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After comparing Prometheus 2D between HDMI passthrough on the Anthem and direct to Sony 929, I think the PQ has a sight improvement by not using passthrough from the Anthem. With Oppo dual HDMIs, one direct to the TV for video and the Anthem for audio seem to work well in my opinion.
post #13002 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

Oppo 103/5 comes with a Roku stick. Go to both websites and both Oppo's threads 103/5.

Oh, I didn't realize that was different from the Roku box. Obviously, replacing a perfectly functioning SACD/DVD-A player with a new one is less attractive to me than possibly adding another small box.
post #13003 of 16452
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Originally Posted by DS-21 View Post

Oh, I didn't realize that was different from the Roku box. Obviously, replacing a perfectly functioning SACD/DVD-A player with a new one is less attractive to me than possibly adding another small box.

There is a Roku stick that goes directly into the Oppo.
post #13004 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

After comparing Prometheus 2D between HDMI passthrough on the Anthem and direct to Sony 929, I think the PQ has a sight improvement by not using passthrough from the Anthem. With Oppo dual HDMIs, one direct to the TV for video and the Anthem for audio seem to work well in my opinion.

I have also seen slight picture degradation going through the Anthem. It is of course more pronounced if you set the Anthem to output 1060P over Pass Through, but even Pass Through may have an effect.
post #13005 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

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Originally Posted by DS-21 View Post

Oh, I didn't realize that was different from the Roku box. Obviously, replacing a perfectly functioning SACD/DVD-A player with a new one is less attractive to me than possibly adding another small box.

There is a Roku stick that goes directly into the Oppo.

Not all Oppos. Only the new 100 series.
post #13006 of 16452
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Originally Posted by DS-21 View Post

Not all Oppos. Only the new 100 series.

Correct!
post #13007 of 16452
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I have also seen slight picture degradation going through the Anthem. It is of course more pronounced if you set the Anthem to output 1060P over Pass Through, but even Pass Through may have an effect.

Do you know why?
post #13008 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

Do you know why?

No, but this was pointed out by my calibrator, W. Jeff Meier as he was trying to get my black levels right. That is where he really noticed it on his equipment.
post #13009 of 16452
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Not uncommon...when my friend brings her cat to my house I instantly fear the grill on my Paradigm Sub 15 is going to get thrashed. I put obstacles around to ensure that doesn't happen.
I would put that cat up on eBay!..just to be on the safe side!
post #13010 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Brian-HD View Post

After comparing Prometheus 2D between HDMI passthrough on the Anthem and direct to Sony 929, I think the PQ has a sight improvement by not using passthrough from the Anthem. With Oppo dual HDMIs, one direct to the TV for video and the Anthem for audio seem to work well in my opinion.


Interesting, I have an Oppo BDP-93, I was recently thinking of putting HDMI 1 directly to my Panasonic 60GT30 bypassing my MRX-500.
post #13011 of 16452
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

Interesting, I have an Oppo BDP-93, I was recently thinking of putting HDMI 1 directly to my Panasonic 60GT30 bypassing my MRX-500.

You should try it. Let me know what you think. This is not only with the Anthem but with other AVRs too that I noticed that some feel as I do.

Brian
post #13012 of 16452
I now have my Oppo 93 connected direct to my Panasonic plasma using HDMI 1 and audio only for HDMI 2 which is going to my MRX-500. Picture does look slightly better. One thing which is way better is the HDMI handshake. I always got a quick green screen flash using my MRX-500, I even changed HDMI cables and tried all different power on sequences to no avail. I might recalibrate with this hook up.

Thanks for the tip Brian-HD!
post #13013 of 16452
Hmm, I think I might try that as well....is there anything to setup in the Oppo or MRX as you are using both HDMI outputs?
post #13014 of 16452
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

I now have my Oppo 93 connected direct to my Panasonic plasma using HDMI 1 and audio only for HDMI 2 which is going to my MRX-500. Picture does look slightly better. One thing which is way better is the HDMI handshake. I always got a quick green screen flash using my MRX-500, I even changed HDMI cables and tried all different power on sequences to no avail. I might recalibrate with this hook up.
Thanks for the tip Brian-HD!

Can I ask in what ways?

Sharper? Better black levels? More detail? Better color? Etc.

Just curious for more info on the concept. From anyone interested in giving their opinion.

Is there a diff between HDTV and BluRay? Do you notice a diff with both inputs?

I'm mostly a TV from TiVo watcher, don't do a lot of BR.
post #13015 of 16452
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Originally Posted by dean-l View Post

Can I ask in what ways?
Sharper? Better black levels? More detail? Better color? Etc.
Just curious for more info on the concept. From anyone interested in giving their opinion.
Is there a diff between HDTV and BluRay? Do you notice a diff with both inputs?
I'm mostly a TV from TiVo watcher, don't do a lot of BR.

I have the same combination (Oppo 93 -> MRX 500 -> Panasonic plasma (VT50)) and my calibrator Jeff Meier stated the following regarding sending the video through the Anthem:

"The Anthem in your case is deleting all information below at least 5% signal level and maybe higher. This is causing the information below that to be lost resulting in the image looking too dark with no low light level detail. There could be more errors, but I did not look for others once this one was found."

I still go through the Anthem's HDMI connection but use the "Through" setting for video. I'm not positive that the difference is discernible to the eye but it is definitely measurable. Anthem has come on this thread to say the blacks that are being cut are blacker than black and therefore immaterial.
post #13016 of 16452
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I have the same combination (Oppo 93 -> MRX 500 -> Panasonic plasma (VT50)) and my calibrator Jeff Meier stated the following regarding sending the video through the Anthem:
"The Anthem in your case is deleting all information below at least 5% signal level and maybe higher. This is causing the information below that to be lost resulting in the image looking too dark with no low light level detail. There could be more errors, but I did not look for others once this one was found."
I still go through the Anthem's HDMI connection but use the "Through" setting for video. I'm not positive that the difference is discernible to the eye but it is definitely measurable. Anthem has come on this thread to say the blacks that are being cut are blacker than black and therefore immaterial.

My picture does seem to have a very slight increase in low light level detail. The main thing that I'm happy about is I have omitted all the handshake issues by bypassing the MRX.
post #13017 of 16452
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Originally Posted by Yosh70 View Post

Hmm, I think I might try that as well....is there anything to setup in the Oppo or MRX as you are using both HDMI outputs?
If you are running high bandwidth stuff (3D) and are getting drop outs, you can set HDMI 1 to video only. Just make sure you run HDMI 1 to your TV as that is where all of the Oppo magic comes from for upconversion.
post #13018 of 16452
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Originally Posted by MitchPope View Post

If you are running high bandwidth stuff (3D) and are getting drop outs, you can set HDMI 1 to video only. Just make sure you run HDMI 1 to your TV as that is where all of the Oppo magic comes from for upconversion.

That's exactly how I have it right now. HDMI 1 out direct to TV (Panny VT50) from Oppo running 4:4:4 magic. HDMI 2 is going to the MRX-500. So far so good!
post #13019 of 16452
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

I now have my Oppo 93 connected direct to my Panasonic plasma using HDMI 1 and audio only for HDMI 2 which is going to my MRX-500. Picture does look slightly better. One thing which is way better is the HDMI handshake. I always got a quick green screen flash using my MRX-500, I even changed HDMI cables and tried all different power on sequences to no avail. I might recalibrate with this hook up.
Thanks for the tip Brian-HD!

The green screen is from the Oppo. I had the Sony 790, and the Panny without green screen connecting to the MRX. I have the 105 which was connected to the MRX without green screen.
post #13020 of 16452
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Originally Posted by ThePrisoner View Post

I now have my Oppo 93 connected direct to my Panasonic plasma using HDMI 1 and audio only for HDMI 2 which is going to my MRX-500. Picture does look slightly better. One thing which is way better is the HDMI handshake. I always got a quick green screen flash using my MRX-500, I even changed HDMI cables and tried all different power on sequences to no avail. I might recalibrate with this hook up.
Thanks for the tip Brian-HD!
This is an Anthem problem and not a bad hdmi cable? Glad i checked in because I was about to replace my hdmi but may try this now instead. Thanks! Anyone else having handshake issues with the Oppo 93 and Anthem combo?
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