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PS3 I am using HDMI input 1 for my PS3. But the picture is very grainy and color distorted. I have tried bypassing the video processor but no change. When the PS3 is connected directly to the tv (sony 50A2000) the picture is perfect. Any suggestions? Thanks, Justin

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Thanks thats what the technician told me after months of chasing after them. I hope they do come up with an upgrade because this just a big waste of money otherwise.The only reason i went for the product was because it had hdmi, i didnt think that it wouldn't be able to channel 1080p images ... i mean when faroudja is turned of it should be able to...but no! very shocking, really put me off harman...denons the way to go go.

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Avr 745 HDMI only output 1080i not 1080p. Your PS3 is capable of 1080p. You have to adjust your PS3 to 1080i then your screen will work. I hope Harman will come up with the upgrade for HDMI that can output 1080p otherwise you have to suffer or stuck with 1080i. Hope this will solve your problems.

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HDMI is a great connector ONLY because it simplifies wiring.

The "concept" was to give consumers a simple way to connect their components while allowing devices to "communicate" to each other by being able to send control signals through the same cable.

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