Originally Posted by chrgnthru
I tried connecting my direct TV box directly to my TV to see if I was going nuts in regards to a "worse" picture quality and well it looks better connected directly. When connected to the receiver the picture seems to get a bit more noise and the overall quality seems to gain a tint of red. Nothing crazy but it's something that my eye caught. I've turned off all the upscaling and the receiver should be doing straight pass through but unfortunately it's somehow affecting the picture.
Is anyone else experiencing this? Perhaps with a different receiver? This really is a shame as I was really liking this receiver.
I had a similar experience with a new (not refurb) Onkyo 555 in late January. It was installed in our master bedroom. Last week I discussed it in a different thread. Here is part of that post:
I briefly owned an Onkyo TX-NR555 (paid $300) for several days. It was returned and exchanged for the Yamaha V679 (paid $350). The Onkyo's audio had a peculiar voice-in-a-barrel quality that I could not eradicate via equalization. In addition, the receiver failed to pass through video untouched--sharpness, brightness, and contrast all changed to a noticeable degree. The picture also took on a shiny, glassy look that was annoying. This occurred on all five HDMI inputs utilized: cable, two Blu-ray players, a DVD changer, and Roku. (The master-bedroom system uses a final-generation Samsung 60-inch plasma television.) Finally, the Onkyo had a glitch that locked out the bass and treble controls on HDMI Input 3.
I have no way of knowing whether the Onkyo might have been defective or not, but I am happy to report the Yamaha V679, which replaced the Onkyo, has performed flawlessly.
Music room: Cary SLI-80 tube integrated amplifier, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amplifier, Quad 99 preamp, Quad 909 power amp, Acoustic Research AR9 loudspeakers, Yamaha CD-N500 CD player, Teac UD-503 DSD DAC, Phase Linear 8000II linear-tracking turntable.
Theater room: Panasonic 65S60 plasma television; Yamaha RX-A2020 (preamp section); Adcom GFA-5503 and GFA-5400 amplifiers; Polk LSi25, LSiC, and LSiF/X loudspeaker system; Velodyne FSR-18 servo-subwoofer.