Originally Posted by tigerninety
I've had this receiver for several years (I can't even remember how many) and I've been pretty happy with it, no real problems to speak of. (I wish, of course, that it had more HDMI inputs, but we can get by.)
Recently, though, I bought the latest edition AppleTV. I plugged it in and expected it al to "just work" and was dismayed to find that -- though I could hear the audio from the AppleTV -- I could not see the video from it. Some searching on the web suggests that the 805's HDMI chip may not be compatible with the latest AppleTV. (Yes, the AppleTV shows that it has the current firmware update, or seems to; I've never performed any kind of update to the 805, if there is one, I didn't know about it.)
So, I'm writing to ask two things. First, does anyone out there have experience getting a current (2013) generation AppleTV to work through this receiver? If not, does anyone have any good experience with a largely equivalent tier Onkyo that DOES work with the current generation AppleTV--if so, what model?
Have you done some standard troubleshooting to make sure that port works properly for other HDMI source devices? Ports do go bad without losing all of them. Does the AppleTV work via HDMI when connected directly to the display? Swapped cables to determine good/bad cable?
Lastly, have you experimented with startup order of devices? HDMI of the 805's vintage can be rather senstive to "who" talks "when" during the handshake process. I always work backwards from the display->receiver->source since the source is going to configure itself based on what the end device says it's capable of. Some source devices seem to only ping once and then give up, maybe the AppleTV behaves that way. My TWC STB does...if it misses the projector or 805 handshake during power, it still transmits audio via HDMI, but video drops to composite (maybe component, not connected) until I power cycle once the projector and 805 have stabilized. My more recent disc players seem to be more tolerant of booting up faster than the display. YMMV.
One can work around the 805's HDMI port limitation with an inexpensive HDMI swtich from someone like Monoprice. I've been running a 4 port switch for nearly as long as I've owned the 805, which I got within a few months of its launch date.