Originally Posted by Klinsmann Have I got a damaged unit?
1st, you realize that cable/sat boxes have the worst track record for HDMI compatibility? it's luck of the draw. if you're having problems with it, you can try changing
cables, shorter cable length (especially if > 15 ft), use a different HDMI input on the receiver, change the order that you turn things on, or try turning the Video Processor OFF. other than that, you are at the mercy of how well the chipset in the sat receiver works with the Pioneer. I almost always suggest not using HDMI for cable/sat boxes but use component video & optical...it just works, no hassles.
2nd, how did you use the mic when running the calibration? you should have put it on a tripod sitting in the seat at about the same height as your head would be, with a clear line of sight to all speakers, no obstructions, with the mic tip aimed directly at the ceiling, not tilted forward or back. short of using a tripod or mic stand, you could place it on the seat back. get out of the way of the mic when playing test tones, even better get out of the room. if you came from Audyssey it may be a little different.
3rd, you can copy the 1-3 MCACC presets (Symmetry, All Ch Adjust, Front Aligned) to 4-6 presets, by using Data Copy. then go into each one & manually tweak the freq bands to taste (adjusting MCACC manually is in the manual). if your clarity is "lacking", you can try the mid to upper mid range freq bands, and even the upper bass bands (125, 250) to see if clarity improves. bass can certainly dominate over mids and make the overall sound less clear if upper bass is too much. tweaking the EQ manually is certainly something you couldn't do with Audyssey & is one advantage of Pioneer's system, even if it can't EQ subs (yet). you can also try turning Standing Wave filter & Phase Control off and see how that changes the sound.
4th, if dialog is too soft in the mix, again you can go into the Manual settings & give the center channel level a little boost.
5th, you can use the icontrol app to tweak the EQ,
while it's possible yours is "damaged" it's highly unlikely since MCACC does work and you're just not used to the way it sounds.
Pioneer has had compatibility issues with DirectTV in previous models, and I'm sure they are not unique in this. you could try swapping units with your dealer. but in the end, if it doesn't work well with your sat box, you should go back to component video & dig audio. I'm a firm believer in taking the path of least resistance with cable/sat tuners. you don't need 1080p and certainly are not going to get hi-rez audio from them so don't NEED HDMI. HDMI can be a flaky interface.Edited by ss9001 - 6/24/13 at 6:07am