I have a Pioneer SC-68, SC-09TX, Pioneer Elite Kuro plasma, Pioneer BDP-09, BDP-05, Oppo 93 and just recently added Pioneer 62 player for the heck of it. Also have a Toshiba XA2 HD-DVD player. Never had one single handshake problem or delay with any of them in any combination. The only device that I could use through a HDMI-DVI switcher with no problems but doesn't pass 1080i through the receivers is a JVC D-VHS D-theater tape deck. It'll pass 480i but not 1080i. It's also HDMI 1.1 spec. I don't obsess about it, just use component/opt and forget it
I don't have 3D (not interested anyway) and so cannot comment on any issues with 3D. but I do sympathize if it causes someone headaches.
Delays, video appearing before audio, lip-syn etc to me are a bit of a tempest in a teapot. you can make some audio sync adjustment in receivers for it. early on I had several discs with audio sync issues, but that was in the early adopter days; haven't needed to touch a lip-sync adjustment for over 5 yrs. maybe I'm lucky but I just don't have these kind of issues at all.
there was 1 person in one of the Pioneer threads who obsessed about the # seconds it took for his player to handshake & show the splash screen, he was asking people how much time it took their's
like 2 vs 3 sec is going to make a difference. I can't imagine someone being so anal that they would actually time this
all part of using HDMI. HDMI is a flawed cable connection & flawed interface, forced on consumers by paranoid studios. the one cable solution "benefit" is a hoax meant to convince us HDMI is a good thing, when it really has never been a reliable, trouble-free, every-device-works-properly solution.
now if you really want to read something worth complaining about....I have a Pio RPTV with DVI (DVI lasted ~2 yrs in the marketplace). got green sparkles when cable length was too long, one of Toshiba's FW updates broke the handshake using DVI so I had to connect component video on my players because I never could be sure some player FW update wouldn't break it. many people with DVI had similar problems with sparkles or couldn't get some device to work at all back in the early days....HDMI was a serious upgrade for us...depends on your perspective, doesn't it?
but I will never use HDMI to connect a cable/sat box. period. because cable/sat box mfgs are the worst offenders on not abiding by the strict HDMI standards and have the most troublesome connectivity.
commercials vs show volume & shows having different volume - that has been an issue since I started watching TV in the 50s Edited by ss9001 - 8/22/13 at 4:45am