Originally Posted by AlanWf
I've searched through the form for this, but forgive me if it's already answered. While I'm waiting for my 705 to come in, I've been drawing up wiring plans, and here is my question:
I will use the 705 for all of my movie watching inputs, (with 5.1 output) but would like to have my feed from DirectTV be either TV sound or 705 sound—depending on what we're watching. (For all I know, I may end up wanting the surround sound on for Daily Show, but I doubt it.) What is the easiest way to do this? Is there a second way that ensures higher quality audio and/or video?
Thanks in advance,
Its a bit of a pain... you would have to go into the HDMI setup menu and turn HDMI Audio Out to ON, if you want it to go to your TV. Note that this also then includes the tv's audio support information (probably only stereo) in the EDID info in the HDMI handshake process, causing your source device to output its audio according to this lowest common denominator, potentially downgrading the audio it is outputting. Now if you intend to use your tv speakers, this isnt such a problem, as basically if they are only capable of 2 channel PCM or stereo or whatever, then the source sending this is no biggie. But you want to make sure that you turn HDMI Audio Out to OFF, if/when you want to use the onkyo and its speakers... otherwise your source may not decode the best audio formats. Alot of times people have trouble with their high def player not seemeing to send the best audi possible, is becuase they have turned HDMI Audio Out to ON - its a confusing name for this option, which should probably be called somehting like TV Audio Out or something. Personally i always use the onkyo speakers, even for news or daily shows etc, and just have the tv speakers muted
Originally Posted by chriswigginton
Just thinking off the top of my head. Is your Wii set to "widescreen" in the Wii's setup menu?
Yes, I dont own a Wii but it sounds like a video settings issue on the Wii end... it seems with forced 720P mode, the widescreen isnt handled correctly, but there are plenty of people with the 705 set to AUTO who have said widescreen works correctly... What kind of video options does the Wii have? Can you choose output res as sending 480i would cause the 705 to deinterlace and upconvert to 480p HDMI out, whereas sending 480P would only be upconverting to HDMI out.
Edit: looking on wikipedia it says that it can output 480p (PAL/NTSC), 480i (NTSC) or 576i (PAL/SECAM). It would be useful for those who own a Wii and do/dont have widescreen problems to report whether theirs is PAL or NTSC version. For the PAL guys setting it to 576i _might_ actually get the 705 to upconvert to 720P even on AUTO setting (i believe auto means anything input at more than 480 will go up to 720P over HDMI) and since this is not using the secret menu FORCE option, it might handle widescreen correctly.