Originally Posted by jansilverman
Consequently, is the Gefen Detective Plus the best solution even if the splitter that Scubawoman uses works? I know it's more expensive but it shouldn't have the lip sync issues.
Honestly, I'm struggling with this myself. There are no guarantees. We'd have to have some huge database of people's configurations... what works, what doesn't, because you just can't nail down these interoperability issues from the little data we can get from the various manufacturers. The Gefen is a rather flexible solution, in that you could use it to trick the adapter into working upstream of the receiver, or to trick the DVR into allowing 3d content, and you could try different EDID settings to find something that works (though I'm not aware of any easy way to program it outside of having access to the device you want it to emulate). On the other hand, it is a little more expensive than a splitter, and it may not be helpful if you can't find something to program it with that has all the traits you need. I've seen some posts of people using it but only getting two channel audio, because they're programming it with the Mits TV data, which doesn't have 7.1 channels. So I've been holding off, hoping that DirecTV does indeed take care of their customers and allow 3d content when connected through an AVR.
The PS3 may have it's own set of challenges. From the posts I've seen, GAMING on the PS3 works through a 1.3 AVR. But I've seen a post that packed from output from a 3d blu-ray player resulted in no sound from the AVR, so I fear we may
have the same issue on blu-rays on the PS3 one that firmware is available. If so, that MIGHT be fixable if the 3d adapter was placed upstream of the AVR. IF it passes the audio straight through (even if it's 7.1 HD channels), then the output from the 3d adapter should
be understandable by a 1.3 AVR. To the best of my knowledge, the PS3 will output whatever audio format you want, so if the 3d adapter only reports 2 channel capability, that shouldn't be an issue as long as it can pass HD audio. But at this point it's all conjecture until the Blu-ray firmware comes out. For Blu-rays, I'm using an HTPC that will output checkerboard format, and I don't have any problems passing that through my Onkyo 875 and getting HD audio as LPCM (I don't have a video card that can bitstream HD audio, but LPCM works).
As far as CEC, that's just some extra HDMI functionality that lets devices talk and coordinate. I think it will allow things like having a DVD player automatically turn on when the TV is set to that input. I've always read of problems with it, so I've always disabled it (since a programable remote can handle all that anyway). I know the the Mits TV has an option for it. I can't remember if my AVR does.