x940C Setup Recommendations?
Hey everyone, happy Friday! So I am about a month into my new x940C and absolutely in love. I've been an A/V aficionado for 20 years now and this is hands down the best television I have every laid hands or eyes on. With that said, I am seeking a little input from others on the best way to cable up my system. I am using AudioQuest Pearl HDMI cables for all components, and I have the TV connected with an Oppo BDP-103, Xbox One and Marantz SR7009 in 7.2 mode. Traditionally, I have always run my components through the receiver with a single cable out from the ARC port on receiver to the TV. With this new unit, I set it up reverse, with components plugged into TV and ARC connection out to the Marantz. I just wanted to start with a baseline of straight Blu-Ray to TV without anything in between so I could properly gauge the quality of my picture (also wanted to make sure sound worked properly on the TV's built-in apps). So far, I am all peaches. With that said, there is one irritating thing about the setup: I can no longer display the Marantz configuration menu on screen unless I switch the input to TV, make my changes, then switch it back. I don't fuss with my settings all the time, but I do frequently adjust things like dynamic volume, reference offset, surround settings and the like depending on the situation.
So, does anyone feel I will degrade the quality of my picture by letting the Marantz pass the picture through to the TV? Is there any benefit to using the receiver's upscaler, or will that just muddy what is already awesome upscaling done by the Sony's X1 chip? And lastly, is running my components through the TV and out to the receiver possibly degrading my sound quality or not handshaking the right surround setting between the Blu-ray player / Xbox and the Marantz?
Hope this all makes sense. I have invested heavily in this stuff and really want it to be at optimum performance, but I've never had so many choices before!