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confused, do i need a 3d receiver? few questions.

post #1 of 14
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i have a 3d tv, and i use it with my pc and ps3 slim.

i've read that the ps3 cant do 3d and lossless audio at the same time. so that means that i should atleast be able to watch 3d blu rays with DTS or dolby 5.1 right? or do i NEED to have a 3d receiver?

im looking for an inexpensive receiver at $200 or less.
i would like to have the hd audio for regular blu rays if possible, since i watch more 2d blu rays than 3d blu rays.

also, how important is the build in calibration? for example auddessy. mcacc, and ypao?

i've seen a few lower end pioneer/yamaha/onkyo receivers that have 3-4 hdmi inputs, and decode hd audio, but do not have the built in calibration.

i've been looking at the onkyo 230, or pioneer 520, because they both fit my budget.

i would like to use this receiver with some energy classics that i picked up for $100.

also this isnt for a living room or anything, just a small bedroom.
post #2 of 14
I would like to see an explanation of this limitation. If true, maybe the restriction does not apply if using bitstream output (you would need a receiver that decoded lossless audio, in that case.)

In other words, maybe the PS3 lacks the processing power to output 3D and to decode lossless audio and spit out PCM at the same time.
post #3 of 14
1. Correct. The PS3 cannot do 3D video with lossless audio, however, you would need an HDMI 1.4 AVR if you want to pass both 2D and 3D video through the AVR rather than having to swap the cable between the TV and the AVR as you would with an HDMI 1.3 AVR, although as you indicate you watch more 2D movies, perhaps making the cable swap wouldn't be a problem which would allow you to get an older HDMI 1.3 AVR and save some money.

2. Built in calibration will likely improve the audio experience in any room, although if not as important to you in the bedroom, than a feature you could likely skimp on in order to meet your budget if necessary.
post #4 of 14
JD, is that restriction only true when the PS3 is doing the decoding.
post #5 of 14
Nope.
post #6 of 14
So you are limited to lossy even with bitstream output? Seems odd, as I would have thought that it was a processing power restriction, as there's no real difference in processing outputting lossy or lossless bitstream. I guess there's more bits to output with lossless bitstream (higher bandwidth.)
post #7 of 14
With 3D video the PS3 can only output lossy DD/DTS.
post #8 of 14
Weird...

Would have been interesting to be in that meeting
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

1. Correct. The PS3 cannot do 3D video with lossless audio, however, you would need an HDMI 1.4 AVR if you want to pass both 2D and 3D video through the AVR rather than having to swap the cable between the TV and the AVR as you would with an HDMI 1.3 AVR, although as you indicate you watch more 2D movies, perhaps making the cable swap wouldn't be a problem which would allow you to get an older HDMI 1.3 AVR and save some money.

2. Built in calibration will likely improve the audio experience in any room, although if not as important to you in the bedroom, than a feature you could likely skimp on in order to meet your budget if necessary.

i hope this does not sound confusing, but im going to give it a try.

as you said, in order just to watch 2d and 3d video, the AVR would be required to support 3d video? i thought the 3d video was based on the tv and my ps3. i didnt know the receiver had to support 3d. i thought the receiver's only job was audio.

so no matter what, if i want to use my ps3 as my 3d player with surround sound, a 3d capable receiver is required, right?

if i use my ps3, the hdmi goes from the ps3 into receiver, receiver into tv, correct?
post #10 of 14
Correct. If you want to be able to watch 3D movies with your PS3 and connect it with a single HDMI cable to the AVR, the AVR will have to be HDMI 1.4.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by blazed View Post

as you said, in order just to watch 2d and 3d video, the AVR would be required to support 3d video? i thought the 3d video was based on the tv and my ps3. i didnt know the receiver had to support 3d. i thought the receiver's only job was audio.

It has to pass through the full 1080p 3D video, so it needs the HDMI 1.4 profile. It can't send the 3D signal through unless it has that compatibility. It seems weird, but that's the way the standard for 3D compatibility works.

You can bypass the receiver altogether, but that opens up other cans of worms. It's easiest just to get a HDMI 1.4 receiver. Dunno if there are any under $200, except maybe the used market.
post #12 of 14
Here is a 4 HDMI 3D capable receiver right around your $200 price point.
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V367...6602561&sr=8-2

Honestly, I'd spend the extra $30-40 to get a receiver with some type of room calibration software.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post
Here is a 4 HDMI 3D capable receiver right around your $200 price point.
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V367...6602561&sr=8-2

Honestly, I'd spend the extra $30-40 to get a receiver with some type of room calibration software.
afrogt, thats what i think im going to do. im no audiophile, but i think the room calibration would help me out a lot. thanks guys.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post
It has to pass through the full 1080p 3D video, so it needs the HDMI 1.4 profile. It can't send the 3D signal through unless it has that compatibility. It seems weird, but that's the way the standard for 3D compatibility works.

You can bypass the receiver altogether, but that opens up other cans of worms. It's easiest just to get a HDMI 1.4 receiver. Dunno if there are any under $200, except maybe the used market.
i dont mind buying used or refurbished. i will definitely keep my eyes open for a good price. thanks
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