Originally Posted by ss9001
yes to both
I am using the 68 with the 151.
what would you like to know?
it's pretty straightforward. has your Kuro been ISF calibrated & if yes, to what player/sources?
as far as video processing is concerned, I go by the paradigm of "do no harm", the original way Pioneer did HDMI through their AVR's, turning the AVR processor OFF. I can give you my reasons if you're interested. Not saying going thru the on-board video proc is "bad", not at all.
I can give you my own "way" to mate players (both Oppo & Pioneer) thru the AVR to the Kuro & you go from there. But fire away with what you'd like to know...
Thanks mucho, Steve. I've noticed you have a lot of input here, I appreciate your taking the time! And yes, I'm interested in your reasons.
My 1st question relates to connection. I had an old Denon with no current video inputs, so the DirecTV DVR and LG BD390 Blu-ray were connected directly to HDMI inputs on the TV, with optical and coax going directly to the receiver for the audio. I like the idea of having less switching to do, so I connected the new set up with the 2 component's HDMI into the AVR, with one HDMI out to the TV input, no more separate audio cables from each component, but one optical cable in the digital out from the 151 (no ARC on?). The problem I have with that setup is that I had separate video settings on the TV for the respective inputs - the AV selection on the 151 is set to Standard for DirecTV and Movie for the Blu-ray. So now I have to select the AV Selection video settings depending on my source. Am I better off the old way? Or is there a way to have the video settings on the 151 change automatically when the source is changed?
The other part of this I may have already partly answered but brings up a new question about the video settings on the 151. I watched Hunger Games Blu-ray last night with my wife, after finally hooking up the new SC-67, and realized it was on the Standard setting on the 151 - the HDMI is in the same input as the DirecTV DVR was. We started watching the movie in the Standard setting and it was incredibly grainy! I mean, like someone painted the picture we were seeing with colored sand. Not every scene, but an awful lot (at 4:17, when Katniss is about to shoot the deer, all the greenery, the bark on the tree, and her face are super grainy). I immediately thought the AVR was doing some extra video processing and it was screwing up the picture. I switched the AV Selection to Movie, and voila! the graininess was gone. But the picture became overly washed out and without pop, and soft. I put the blu-ray cable back in the original input of the 151 and had pretty much the same result. Ok, so it's not the new connection to the AVR, but I've probably been watching blu-rays with that washed out, soft setting for a while. I actually like parts of the Standard setting for movie viewing, but in playing around with the settings in the Pro Adjust menu, tweaking a setting here and there didn't accomplish the result I wanted. I guess I could use some advice on setting the movie settings to have less softness and more contrast? To answer your question about calibration, no, haven't had it done.
Ok, so 1) connection question, 2) video settings on the151, and then 3) I have a question about what video settings to use on the SC-67. I didn't do much in the way of settings at all during the set up, so it's all in default, was going for getting it set up the quickest way possible to watch a movie, then going in and tweaking settings later, like this week. No Auto MCACC yet, wanted to set it manually first.
Finally, 4) I discovered an issue just now that may have to do with the LG BD390 - when I try to use VuDu or Netflix streaming on it, the sound is output only in stereo. It should be Dolby Digital with VuDu and Dolby Prologic (I think) with Netflix. I tried cycling through the Auto/ALC/Direct button and the Signal Sel button with no fix. It only showed the 2 speakers with all of those cycles. Is this something to do with HDMI and the source there? The only change, aside from the new AVR, is audio not being connected through coax audio cable, but HDMI. I have a 5.1 speaker setup.
Sorry for the book-like format, I'm probably a little fried and info-overloaded with going from an old car to a new spaceship, so to speak, but I'm a quick learner. Any input on these questions would be greatly appreciated. If the info on the 151 is already out there, I couldn't find it (i.e. better video settings than the default), but would also be happy with a link, if easier.
Btw, my profile shows a new user, but I've been here for a while, going back to the days with my previous Pro-610HD and the early days of HDTV when DirecTV had 5 (ooo, count 'em, 5) HD channels. Not sure why shows as new...