Originally Posted by JonnoW
I thought I had the answer yesterday. The guy at Richer Sounds where I sourced the BTT370 informed me that I have to use a HDMI 1.4 cable as this is ARC compliant. Seems that each and every HDMI cable isn't the same> rushed out and traded my budget HDMI cable for a 1.4 quality one today but alas it makes no difference whatsoever.
I bought 4 Hdmi 1.4 cables for £7 from USA on eBay, but they didn’t make any difference either….
Thanks for the input. That's interesting but do you not lose the 'HD' quality when you start using RCA signals e.g. the 24p Cinematic quality?
Was not really sure what 24p is but assumed it was a type of HD and Wikipedia, among other things, says ‘…24p formats are being increasingly used for aesthetic reasons in image acquisition, delivering film-like motion characteristics.’ So am still none the wiser!
In our set up the Tv is the hub because it has discrete input commands in the Harmony database, and anyway PVR9150T needs SCART. The RCA leads just take Audio, from Tv's Analog Speaker output, to BTT370 via its Aux input. Surround sound and audio settings seem to be effective and and don't think HD (Video) is involved. Couldn't get an optical Audio connection to work.
Any SW combination involving the BTT370 on the TV's HDMI 2 (ARC) Port and the FoxSat on the TV's HDMI 1 Port causes the Green Screen conflict...
Yes ARC doesn't seem much use - our set up is just like this, but with Audio on BTT370’s Aux input there is no Green Screen.
I've also been experimenting with the HDMI by-pass on the BTT370 (with a HDMI feed from the Humax FoxSat). This seems to work OK (as in effect all signals to the TV route into HDMI 2 Port on the TV. BUT there doesn't appear to be a neat way of 'toggling' between Blue-Ray and Humax signals on the BTT370 controls. Maybe I'm missing a trick?
I did not try that but even Harmony’s database contains no discrete commands which would switch directly back and forth (toggle) between BTT370’s inputs. The ‘Home’ command displays the ‘Home’ screen but it is ‘InputRadio/ExtIn/iPod’ which opens the list of inputs and cycles through them with subsequent button presses.
However, as above, we need to stay on Aux (for FoxSat on BTT370’s Hdmi1 you would need to stay on Hdmi1) which is remembered when going from Aux to Home, so then pressing ‘InputRadio/ExtIn/iPod’ recalls Aux, which is the next best thing to a 'toggle'. For us this is only needed when first powering up the BTT370 because it always starts up in Home, and this would presumably apply if you had FoxSat on BTT370's Hdmi1 too.
However, when using the 'HDMI by-pass' set up, would you not need the input to be set to ARC occasionally, to fetch the Audio from a programme on the TV's tuner?i.e. Re. your question about Toggling between Blue-Ray and Humax signals on the BTT370 controls
:-(provided that Hdmi1 was the last input setting which was used before playing a DVD etc.)
I think that, after playing a DVD or after doing something else from the Home screen, if you press 'Home' button and then press the ‘InputRadio/ExtIn/iPod’ button, this should return BTT370 to Hdmi1 input for FoxSat.