So..source direct off on the oppo and all video processing turned off on my avr..that way all video processing will be done by the oppo"s superior processing and sent thru the avr bypassing its video straight to my Sony..I just want to make sure I'm getting the best possible picture I can ..thank you
Except you can't be certain that "Bypass" mode in the AVR really stops all video processing... in many cases, the video going into an AVR is not identical to the video coming out of the AVR even when you are in Bypass mode. That's one of the unfortunate side effects of having video processing in AVRs... video processors are incredibly flexible and you don't just drop one in and everything works perfectly. What you get out of a video processor depends entirely on how you implement it... and AVR designers are typically up to their ears in design work to keep new models flowing every year. They simply don't have the time to devote to implementing a video processor as well as it COULD be implemented given the time and resources to fully optimize it. The only way to be certain the processing in the AVR isn't doing anything is to bypass the AVR by using 2 HDMI outputs from the disc player... one to the AVR for sound, the other to the video display for video. If you aren't that concerned, the AVR's Bypass mode typically doesn't do MUCH processing so you aren't likely to see things that are too obvious when the AVR is in Bypass mode... going around the AVR for video is a "purist" thing for those who want to be sure they are getting the most accurate images they can get.