Originally Posted by CtrlAltElite
lol I was thinking the same thing! I have an HDMI running to BD on receiver, than of course HDMI out of receiver to HDMI in on the tv. All my HDMI connections are run to the receiver. I have no idea how my Blu ray knows its plugged into the tv. But If im playing a cd, and turn the TV off. The CD stops playing. Its weird.
If everything is on and you put in a cd and turn off the tv all the hdmi connections will again go through handshaking and your cd will stop, although it should start back up eventually, but in my case with my denon 3311ci it can take up to a minute. If everything starts from off and you cut on the bd player and the reciever and never cut the tv on everything should be just fine.
I've never heard of a player that required a tv to be on to play a cd. Any player I've ever had would do so from the cheapest to an oppo.
If you are using all hdmi connections, you are getting no real benefit from upgrading to the oppo. BD playback will be the same, audio through hdmi the same. The only real difference would be if you were using any analog audio playback, the oppo would be better. The oppo probably also is a better upscaler for dvd than the Sony. Most Sony's can play SACD, but it falls a little short of a true universal player, wheras the oppo can play DVD-A and HDCD.
Try waiting for the hdmi handshakes to stop when you cut off your tv or not turn your tv on at all when you are going to play a cd. Once your initial settings are done, you have no real need for any menus just playing music.