A couple weeks ago I posted the below questions to this forum and I got some feedback from the forum members, which I greatly appreciate. I also posed the same questions (below) to Yamaha customer service by email. It took a couple weeks for Yamaha's respond, but at the bottom of this message is their response, which I thought the group might want to read.
My initial questions to Yamaha:
Originally Posted by Pb Pedis
Questions on the RXV-2700, given my setup:
1 - Since I don't have two rear center speakers (I have only one rear center), does that mean that the receiver will process only in 6.1 surround or will it emulate 7.1? Please advise if this question isn't posed properly.
2 - I want to connect an xbox360 which has only component out (not hdmi), I can select the output through the component cables to 1080p. Will this receiver accept the 1080p through component cables, and 'pass it through' as 1080p via the HDMI output?
3 - Since I have a somewhat unusually shaped room, I would like the receiver to figure out the best way to deal with this and automatically set itself up. How does that work with this receiver? Does it work well?
4 - I plan to connect the HD Cable Box, a DVD player (I hope to buy a reasonably priced bluray player in the next few months, any recommendations? Yamaha?), and possibly a PS3 (lets assume I dont want to use the ps3 to play dvds) via the HDMI inputs. I think this will work since there are 3 hdmi inputs on this receiver. But I also want to connect an xbox360 via component cables and optical audio cable. Will this receiver pass through the video from the component cables AND convert the optical input into HDMI for output via the one HDMI out? I would really prefer to have just one output to the TV, which I want to use as a monitor only. This question is somewhat related to number 2 above.
Thanks in advance.
Yamaha customer service answers:
1.) Depending on how many speakers you connect to the receiver will determine
how many speakers the receiver outputs from. So if you connect a 6.1 speaker
configuration, that is what the receiver will function with.
2.) If you are using component video for 1080p the receiver will pass it
through but you must also use the compnent video monitor output of the receiver
to connect to your tv monitor.
3.) Yes, the receiver has an automatic setup feature called YPAO. This feature
will automatically check you wiring, distances, do the level settings, and
equalize all of your speakers based on your room environment.
4.) Yes, you can have just one HDMI cable connecting from the receiver to your
tv monitor unless you want to pass through 1080p through component video (see
#2). This would require you to also connect a component video cable to the tv
monitor as well.
The Yamaha Customer Support Team
Some of the answers seem a little 'odd' in that they're not direct answers to my questions, but I get the gist of it. For me, the salient point is that this receiver will NOT take a 1080p input via component and pass it through HDMI as 1080p out. Some others in this thread have said the same thing, so this is something of a confirmation.
It looks like I will have to accept 1080i output via HDMI even though the xbox360's component output is 1080p. As Yamaha suggests, I could run both an HDMI and component output to my TV, but since the TV I'm looking to buy (Samsung HL-S7178W) doesn't accept 1080p via component anyway, there's no point to doing it. The only other way around this is if microsoft releases an HDMI cable for the version of the xbox360 that I already have, so I could see output from it in 1080p. I hear microsoft is going to release a new version of the machine with an HDMI jack, but I'm not spending money on a whole new machine.