I had a Pioneer Elite VSX-21THX AVR and a Pioneer BD-320 Blue-ray DVD as part of my system. Purchased a new Sony KDL 52HX909 TV last year, but was not too concerned about the 3D experience until a few weeks ago. Obviuosly, my previous Pioneer units were not 3D capable, but the itch finally got to me. Found a good price for two Sony 3D glasses on Ebay (along with the Narnia 3D Blue-ray DVD), and purchased the 3D transmitter from Amazon. Was with my wife a couple of days ago at Best Buy. Went to purchase a Digital Coax cable so that I could connect the HDMI directly from the DirecTV (HR24) DVR to the TV and then get audio from my sound system with the Digital Coax from the DVR to the AVR. I had mentioned a few days before that I would look into a work-around, since anything else would require a new 3D capable AVR. Totally out of no-where, my wife recommended that instead of going through a work-around process, why didn't I just go ahead and get the 3D ready units that I would need and avoid any work-around procedure (birthday coming up in early Feb.). Think I kissed her at that time. Do I have a great wife or what!
So I guided her into the Magnolia room at Best Buy, and purchased the following:
1. Pioneer Elite VSX-52 AVR (3D ready with pass-through capability)
2. Pioneer Elite BD-53FD DVD (3D Blu-ray)
Walked out of Best Buy with the new AVR, but will have to wait until 1/21 for the DVD to be delivered to Best Buy for pick-up.
Went home and immediately hooked up the AVR. Since my previous AVR (Pioneer Elite VSX-21THX) was Pioneer with similar connections, it was a simple matter to unplug the old unit and pretty much make the same connections into the new AVR. I went through the MCACC set-up for the speakers and thought I was ready. Turned everything on and was greeted by thunderous silence, and no picture. Was extremely perplexed for a while and went through all my connections again. Decided to play around with the input knob on the AVR for a while, and changed the AVR input from HDMI 1 (what I had used with the -21THX) to DVR. Suddenly, I was greeted with a wonderful picture and awsome sound. Energy speakers all around with an 8" Energy subwoofer. Did I say that the sound coming out of the system was awsome?
Both the old and new AVRs function with two HDMIs IN (DVR and DVD) and one HDMI OUT from the AVR to the Sony KDL 52HX909 TV. The Pass-through capability seems to work great. No other cables required.
Overall, I am a very happy camper. However, if someone has some recommendations for improving the set-up (i.e., additional settings that I may be blissfully ignorant of), I am a very willing listener. Initially, I had set the speakers up as SMALL, but after the MCACC set-up, the speakers were automatically changed to LARGE. I listened for a while, but a day later, after reading some of the comments on this Forum, I went back in and changed the setting of the speakers to SMALL. Trying to figure out what the difference is going to be. Do you guys agree that SMALL is the correct setting, even though MCACC set them to LARGE?
Just wanted to share.