Originally Posted by Rolls-Royce
You have 2 separate problems with non-3D receivers when trying to use them with 1.4 3D content:
1. Some receivers will not pass the 3D video signal. You can sometimes get around this with receivers that have a Reon chip by turning OFF the Reon. Just going to passthrough really isn't enough because the Reon is still active, and it doesn't want to work with HDMI 1.4 3D video (such as from a 3D Blu-Ray). SBS and checkerboard are HDMI 1.3 format datastreams, so will work with the Reon on or off.
2. The audio in a 1.4 3D stream is in a different location than that for a 2D datastream. A non-1.4 receiver cannot extract the audio from a 1.4 3D datastream, so you won't get any sound from your 3D Blu-Rays. Again, some 3D formats like SBS are actually HDMI 1.3 formats, so the receiver can extract that audio. To get 3D Blu-Ray audio from a 1.3 receiver you have to demux the audio from the datastream and send it to the receiver separate from the video. This can be done with a Panasonic DMP-BDT500, which has two HDMI outputs that can be set up for video on one and separate audio on the other, or running an optical/Toslink cable from the player to receiver, letting the player decode the audio and sending it as PCM to the receiver. There also may be separate demuxers on the market, but they would be $$$.
I think this explains the problem I am having. I have a Panasonic TC-P60VT60, Onkyo TX-SR705, Panasonic DMP-BDT330, and a 60 GB PS3 & Toshiba HD-XA2 from 2007. All connected using Ultra Slim Series High Performance HDMI® Cable w/ RedMere® Technology from Monoprice. I bought the Panasonic DMP-BDT330 specifically to be able to watch 3D and bitstream lossless audio to my receiver. I originally had bought the Sony BDPS790, but when I turned on HDMI Audio Separation 3D video came through fine, but my receiver was blinking a bit like it was trying to receive a signal, but I heard nothing.
I went through my Onkyo's settings making sure everything was set to the correct inputs and all the correct settings were enabled. Then I checked the settings in the player and updated the firmware, same issue. I returned the BDPS790 thinking maybe there was some issue with the player communicating to my receiver. The same issue also occurs with the DMP-BDT330. There is a handshaking issue going on. I can't seem to figure it out. I tried turning on my devices in a different order, same issue. I really don't think the cables are the issue.
•For now I use the Panasonic DMP-BDT330 for 2D Blu-ray viewing. I only use one of the HDMI ports which goes into my TX-SR705 and out to my TV. Lossless audio is bitstreamed and 1080p/24 plays fine through my TV.
•My PS3 60 GB (fat) is connected directly to my TV bypassing my receiver. 3D plays fine, then I have an optical cable going to my receiver so I can get sound, not lossless though.
•I have a Toshiba HD-XA2 going to my TX-SR705 and out to my TV. HD-DVDs play fine, audio is bitstreamed to my TX-SR705 and 1080p/24 comes through my TV fine.
•The Panasonic DMP-BDT330 uses less power than PS3 and makes much less noise.
•I now see Dolby True HD and DTS HD-Master Audio on my receiver because the Panasonic DMP-BDT330 can bitstream, my PS3 could not.
I can get 3D through my PS3, although without lossless sound. I only have five 3D movies in my collection so 3D is not ALL that important.
The issue here is SACD. When I want to listen to a SACD I have to re-connect my PS3 to my TX-SR705 (extra HDMI cable behind PS3 for this) and set the audio to be sent through HDMI and not optical. Not ideal, but doable for now.Edited by Louisville S - 11/5/13 at 8:33am