Originally Posted by tokra
An update on the dual HDMI-issue where you can get only 1080i when setting HDMI(SUB) to V.OFF. I finally was contacted by a very nice person on Panasonic's escalation team and was sent a beta-firmware update to try out (European version V1.29). This actually solves the 1080i instead of 1080p-issue,
however when doing my long tests, another problem popped up with audio. For details just see my email to Panasonic. Would be interested to see if others have this problem as wel - i believe I noticed this on my earlier firmware 1.26 as well, but when video was only shown in 1080i this was the more pressing issue. Glad that one is solved now.
My email to Panasonic:
thank you very much for the firmware update-disc which arrived Saturday and which I tested today. The upgrade worked and my player got updated from 1.26 to 1.29 firmware version.
I set the HDMI(SUB)-output mode to "V.OFF (Video off)". I then popped in my "The Dark Knight Rises" Blu-ray and can confirm the video was now showing in 1080p24 where before it was only showing in 1080i60 with this setting. So SUCCESS for fixing the issue I described in my initial case! Thanks a lot.
Now comes the "but": An issue that remains and which I believe was also present in the 1.26 firmware version is that the audio in this setup (with HDMI(SUB) set to V.OFF) is somehow downgraded. In "normal" setting I get DTS HD MASTER 7.1 audio which my amplifier confirms on its display. However with V.OFF I only get standard DTS 5.1 (WITHOUT the MASTER HD).
I tried switching the HDMI-cables around and while doing this noticed that audio was still being transmitted over the HDMI(MAIN)-output although the manual and player menu say that with HDMI(SUB) set to V.OFF the HDMI(MAIN) would not transmit any audio-signal. I even got DTS HD MASTER 7.1 when only connecting to HDMI(MAIN) with this setup.
Same goes for 3D-Blu-rays. So essentially with this setup one cannot get the 7.1 audio from the system, probably due to the audio still coming out of HDMI(MAIN). The main reason for the two HDMI-outputs on the 330 for most people is that they have older amplifiers which cannot handle the 3D-video-signal. As such the player should output one clean video-only-signal on HDMI(MAIN) and one clean audio-only signal on HDMI(SUB) when the player is set-up that way. This way the video goes to the 3D-projector and the audio goes to the amplifier.
I hope I explained the remaining issue properly. It is good to see that Panasonic cares about its customers and that the firmware-update fixed the most glaring 1080i->1080p problem. Hopefully the audio-downgrading problem can be fixed as well. Let me know if you need more information, tests or clarifications. I believe the BDT-330 to be a very good Blu-ray-player and am glad to help.