Originally Posted by eagle_2
Cinavia is awful and this is a legitimate concern. That said, I don't think we have to worry about that with this set, unless you use the tv itself to play your media. If that's the case, it can certainly become an issue if they force it in an update.
I use my Mede8er media player to play all my media. Both the audio and video are going straight to my receiver from the media player via HDMI, From there the receiver passes the video to my F8000 over HDMI. So my audio never touches the tv. It goes from the media player to the receiver, and into my speakers. The tv just displays the video. Actually the tv gets the audio too, but I turn the tv audio off for movies and just use my surround speakers. So even if the tv is using Cinavia, my media player doesn't (and won't), so the audio will not be affected by the tv, even if it has Cinavia enabled.
Like I said, if I used the tv to play media files directly, then that would likely become an issue with Cinavia, but if you use a non-Cinavia media player and allow your receiver to handle the audio, I can't see how Cinavia would have any effect. Cinavia works by detecting the Cinavia encoding on the audio signal being sent, and then cutting out the audio if it detects that it's not "legitimate". From what I understand, Cinavia has to be triggered by the "player" - either a PS3, or a blu-ray player, or the tv itself if you're using it as a player. If your'e using a non-Cinavia player, even if it sends it to a Cinavia tv, it shouldn't matter, because the player doesn't support it so it won't get triggered.
If I'm wrong about any of this please correct me. This is how I understand it to work, but I have never run into a Cinavia issue, so I can't say first-hand what would happen , especially since our tv doesn't currently support it.
The HT-E5550 is a blu-ray player, and so as you said you're screwed as far as that goes because as far as I understand all blu-ray players are now using Cinavia. But that doesn't hold true for media players. Just make sure you get one that doesn't have any plans to implement it (avoid Sony). I highly recommend the Mede8er as a media player - it's an amazing player for the price - the best I've ever owned.