Originally Posted by JBWIII
Hello again, this receiver has no capability to resize/rescale/convert any video signal--it just passes through whatever signal is fed in. So it's not a matter of receiver set-up. I assume that when you plug the Mac or the BDP directly into the TV, it's okay?
Thanks, yes, when connected directly, it was fine. I finally got to someone in tech support that told me that the Blu-ray & resolutions might have been auto-detected by the Samsung HDTV, but I remember selecting the resolution when I set up the mini about a year or so ago. So I'm not sure why connecting it to the Yamaha affected the resolution. I had never adjusted the resolution in the TV but I figured out that that was how to address it. No issues since.
It sounds like you're pleased with your setup now that you have added the AppleTV. Don't know if you're using PC or Mac, but if it's Mac, another thing you can do with Apple TV is sent the screen of the computer to the ATV via "mirroring," whether the content is video, text, or anything else.
Having gone through the AV receiver buying process about a year and a half ago when I purchased an Onkyo TX NR-709 which started blowing HDMI channels after 30 days (as did its replacement), I knew when I first started looking at this receiver that AirPlay didn't equal WiFi and that it still had to be connected to the network either via ethernet or by a WiFi bridge. For me, I knew I'd just use one of my Airport Base Stations that I have lying around so I didn't question the network issue. I can say that "AirPlay" is an Apple protocol and not a Yamaha one and that device manufacturers selling AirPlay enabled devices choose their words very carefully, i.e. "Apple AirPlay allows streaming music to AV receiver." And: "This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means they can accept wireless music streaming from iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs." If you go to a site like Crutchfield.com and peruse their receivers you'll notice that all the manufacturers use similar statements and you're not likely to find specific disclaimers stating that either a hardwired network connection or additional hardware is required, though I have seen it on a few models.
I hope that this hiccup hasn't jaded your perception of this receiver as I think it's quite superb, especially for the $199 price point that I bought it at, and I'm assuming you did as well. I just set mine up with the Orb Audio speaker system that I've been coveting for several years and I have to say that the combination of the two is outstanding. But even before I connected the Orbs, I ran it with the same set of JBL satellites (blown sub) that I used with the 2 Onkyos. Even with the JBLs, the Yamaha's sound blew away the both Onkyos, which I alway thought sounded muddy and lacked clear separation. Switching out the JBLs with the Orbs sent me to heaven, so I'm ecstatic with this Yamaha personally.
Is everything working well now and are you happy with the system?