Originally Posted by alantoid
So does anyone know why the 5300 would limit the information being passed through from the PS3 to the tv when in RGB , but functions correctly when sent via Y Pb / Cb Pr / Cr ?
Forgot to mention- all of my components are going HDMI to the 5300 and i have a single hdmi output to the tv.
I've asked Sony support this same question several times. The answer usually is: "The 5300 does not limit the video signal being passed from an HDMI source to the TV". They often reference the manual, which claims that HDMI signals are passed untouched.
Obviously this isn't true. Your test (and similar tests done by half a dozen others on this thread alone) prove that.
That's the bad new. The good news is, Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr out of the PS3 looks quite nice on the TV's I've tested (Sony SXRDs and XBR LCDs). When set to RGB, BD playback looks kind of.... off. The reds are a bit overblown which makes all the skin tones appear burnt.
I have had some luck more recently with Sony support. I've talked to a couple of 2nd level techs who realize this problems exists, but they have no power to fix it (as you mentioned, there are no options to manage video processing for HDMI). They did mention that Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr is the recommended setting for BD/DVD because this is the color space the video is most often recorded in. Having done some video processing myself, I know that to be true for DVD and have to assume it's the same for BD. They also mentioned that the PS3 may need to be set to RGB:Limited (the default I think) if going thru 5300. Otherwise games may be too dark. I found this to be true as well.
So the answer is, Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr and RGB:Limited on the PS3 if going thru the 5300 on HDMI. Should look very nice. Not prefect, but close. And there's not much we can do about it anyway.
Also, don't even attempt to run Component Video pass-thru at 720p or 1080i/p. The black crush is amazingly bad. There's more about this issue earlier in the thread (just search on "black crush").