Originally Posted by Allan Blissett
So you are saying that this new hdmi bypass option will alow me to use the same hdmi in port, but in bypass ?
So why is that needed ? And if its then not a hdmi connection, then what is it ?
I have not seen that on my 205 yet, but I will go look. I use hdmi in, with a Roku stick and it works great.
Thanks for your enlightenment.
From the hardware point of view there is just one HDMI Input socket.
In the past, you told the player to use that socket by pressing Input button on the Remote and selecting the HDMI Input choice from the pop up list presented. That choice is still there, and is the one you would normally use.
The new HDMI Bypass choice, now added to that pop up, is primarily there to let Dolby Vision content work through the HDMI Input. Dolby Vision is a special format which can not be processed without mucking it up, and the normal HDMI Input choice used a path through the video processing hardware which mucked it up.
So now you have two ways to tell the player to listen on that HDMI Input socket: Press Input and select either the original HDMI Input choice (this would be the normal way to go) or the new HDMI Bypass choice (definitely pick this one if you want to play Dolby Vision content into that Input).
HDMI Bypass pretty much makes the player transparent to the video signal. As a consequence you LOSE some things you might not expect to lose -- mainly the on-screen overlays for things like Info displays and the Setup menu. Even the Input button pop up menu itself goes away (but you can still make your selection via the text in the Front Panel Display). You also lose some things you WOULD expect to lose, such as the ability to alter the video (e.g., Brightness control).
So now, any time people have some sort of problem using HDMI Input, it is pretty common for people to ask, "Have you tried seeing if HDMI Bypass helps?"