Originally Posted by Steriac
This is first post and thread. I apologize if this has been covered but I could not find anything on this.
As the title says, I have a handshake issue between Oppo UDP205 and Rotel RSP1582 surround processor and Sony X900F Series 85" HDR UHD TV. If I do not turn these components in a specific order, I either do not get Rotel processor to detect sound or the Sony TV to get picture.
I need have Oppo playing a disc before turning on Rotel processor and then the TV to get sound and picture all working.
If I turn Rotel on first and then Oppo and then TV, I may get sound but no picture.
If I turn on Rotel first and then TV and then Oppo, I will get picture but no sound.
If I turn TV on first and then Rotel and then Oppo, no picture but sound.
Funny thing is, Rotel worked perfectly with Sony UBP-X1000ES HDR UHD Blu-ray Disc Player and my Pioneer Kuro 1080P TV. It also worked with my previous setup where I used Oppo BDP105 with the Pioneer Kuro TV. But then I upgraded my home theater to the new Sony X900F TV and Oppo UDP205. Both units were purchased brand new so I am not expecting any issue with them.
Oppo UDP 205 does not have issue with Marantz 8805 surround processor and Sony X900F. I tried that setup and it worked flawlessly. Which then tells me Rotel is the culprit. But as stated below, Rotel RSP1582 had no issue with the other units. So only explanation I have is Oppo UDP205 has a hand shake problem with Rotel RSP 1582.
With this assumption, I called Rotel and they thought it could be the HDR setup in my TV. That does not make any sense since I think the issue is not the TV. I also called Oppo and they also thought it was a handshake issue between Oppo 205 and Sony X900F since the Sony TV did not have any issue with Sony X1000ES player and that's because they both are from the same manufacturer. Oppo agreed there may be a handshake issue between devices but did not offer any solution. I used two different units of Rotel RSP1582 and the same issue persists. Now I am stuck with this $3500 processor and $2700 (yes, I had to pay that much to get one new) Oppo 205 4K player and cannot even use it without going through this pain. Even switching from CD input to Video-1 input in Rotel does not detect sound unless I restart my Oppo player.
I am in a big pickle and don't know what to do here. Did anyone else run into similar issue? Can anyone help?
Start by making sure you are using HDMI "Premium Certified" cables for *ALL* of your HDMI connections. These need not be expensive. For more info see my Blog post here:
HDMI "Premium Certified" Cables
NOTE: The 6 foot HDMI cable OPPO includes with the 205 is a Premium Certified cable. The fancy label will be found on the plastic bag that contains the cable.
Next, make sure you are leaving enough time between the power-ups so that each device has a chance to fully wake up before you power up the next device.
The normal, recommended order of power-ups is in reverse order of the signal flow. So TV, then wait, then AVR, then wait, then OPPO.
If you still have the problem you describe despite this advice, then try this. Connect Main HDMI out of the OPPO directly to your TV. Connect Audio HDMI out of the OPPO to your Rotel. Physically disconnect any HDMI connection between the Rotel and the TV. Test again.
If that works, and if you still want the Rotel *ALSO* connected to the TV, add that back in and test again -- but still using the input on the TV that is connected directly to the OPPO, not the one you just added back between the Rotel and the TV. If the problem returns with that extra connection in place see my blog post here for a likely explanation and for advice concerning how to deal with Zombie HDMI connections:
Quick Tip: Avoiding HDMI Topology Problems, OR Loops, Dual Paths, and ZOMBIES!