Originally Posted by david0406
Is it possible that the displayed picture passed through an AVRs video processor is " better" ...even if you ask the avr to process the signal at the same resolution as the signal that is inputted into it i.e. avr set to process 720p signal into hdmi monitor out signal set at 720P.
The custom picture mode does allow you to change things, such as: Edge Enhancement, Noise Reduction, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Color Temperature.
It is also possible that the zero or off values of some of these settings are not really 'off,' just a small amount, which would mean, for example, the Onkyo is always applying at least a little bit of noise reduction. Whether this is true or not, well, someone has to test it (which is difficult) or we have to have a statement from Onkyo.
Whether or not any of these are 'better' is a very subjective thing. Some people hate edge enhancement, others love it.
Any setting dealing with the sharpness of the picture, like edge enhancement and noise reduction, give the best results when they are applied when the picture is at its native resolution, before upscaling
The various picture modes in the Onkyo, like Cinema, Game, are likely just presets of the custom controls.
Finally, you likely have 3 video processor in your system: The video souce (Blu-ray/DVD player), the Onkyo, and your TV. If you're going to be playing around with the settings, you should try them in each one and decide which one YOU like 'better.' However, watch out for things like the TV works better if it is fed a 720p signal, but is really bad with lower or higher resolution.