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Hi, we have a PRO-930HD set with the separate media receiver and a Denon 5910 DVD player. For several years I have had continual problems getting the HDMI output on the DVD player to work with the 930HD. The DVD player is set to HDMI Y Cb Cr output, and the 930HD has HDMI enabled (with the 10-bit pulldown setting or the Auto setting). I cannot get an HDMI signal unless every time we watch a DVD, I turn off the display, unplug the MEdia Receiver for at least 10 minutes, and cycle through 930HD inputs (Input 1 and Input 3 are being used) and manually do trial and error with the Pioneer's HDMI settings, as well as turn the Denon DVD player on and off and power cycle it as well. I've also tried fixing the HDMI output to 1080i (native resolution of the Pioneer 930HD) or as low as 480i or 480p, which negates the advantages of the Denon 5910's scalar. Any advice about how to make these two devices work better together would be welcome. FYI, we have a TIVO-HD on Input 1 with HDMI and have no problems with it. We've also replicated the problem on an Oppo DVD player, and on two different media receivers for the unit.

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  • sdrucker Sep 23, 2009


    The Denon 5910 has HDMI v1.1 output, and the Pro-930HD TV has two HDMI outputs. The problem isn't that we don't have ANY HDMI output from the Denon to the Pioneer 930HD set, but that it only seems to work sporadically. I've tried different HDMI (Better Cables) cables as well, plus the obvious steps of plugging/unplugging both the DVD and media receiver and power cycling, as well as plugging and unplugging the cable connections between the units. The only other issue I could see is that I need about a 20' cable between the Pioneer's media receiver and the Denon. And the 930-HD supports up to 1080i resolution.

  • sdrucker Sep 23, 2009

    I have a 20' HDMI cable. In our setup I needed a cable that was more than 12', so I bought a 20' online from Better Cables when we purchased the DVD player.


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I really have been thinking of your problem. The truth is, your doing about the best can be expected. What it is, is these two technologies that haven't been completely worked out. I only hope the newer devices do better at hand shaking and are able to get rid of these hang ups. The HDMI of the DVD player got rid of the analog to digital converters in hope of higher quality but, fails in communication between devices. I hope this helps you.

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    I understand the problem of shutting the devices off to enter a different mode. It has to be done that way but, it should do better than what you encountered. Having such long cables require your device to supply even more to terminate the signal and the ports or jacks, we can't improve that much. I guess the only thing that I think will help is to upgrade the system.


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If the two device are not compatible with each other then it will not work on any resolution you set.and another reason is the connections not connected properly .check if any wire is connected loose also try interchanging the wires . -----------------Check your tv set capabilities. If your set supports 1080i then yes, you will see a modest picture improvement. Also, check to see you have an HDMI input on your tv. You may only have a DVI input. The only upgrade that HDMI offers over DVI is that it carries digital sound to your receiver which eliminates the need for extra sound cables. BUT, you will need to purchase 2 HDMI cables. ----------- Set-up
Another reason for the PRO-930HD’s trim profile is that Pioneer has put the connection panel in a separate box that goes in your equipment rack. A proprietary cable links the plasma to this media receiver, as they call it. The two-piece design allows for a cleaner look, since only the power cord and proprietary cable are attached to the panel itself, and it’s much easier to connect external equipment directly to the receiver. The IR port is on the panel, so you can tuck the media receiver away in a cabinet. Yet another benefit to this approach is that you can use shorter cables, which saves money and can improve the signal quality, especially with a digital video signal like HDMI.

Speaking of HDMI, the PRO-930HD has two of them—inputs, that is. It also has two iLink ports and three component video inputs, one of which is placed on the media receiver’s front panel, a decision gamers will likely appreciate. It’s worth noting that Inputs 1 and 3 on the back panel share a component video and HDMI input, so you have to choose one or the other via the onscreen setup menu. The default setting is component video for Input 1 and HDMI for Input 3. The media receiver also has an RS-232 port to incorporate the TV into an automation system, a 15-pin RGB connector for use with a computer and a PCMCIA Type II memory-card adapter that lets you display JPEG photos and slide shows.

Making basic adjustments to the PRO-930HD’s video and audio parameters is a straightforward process. The owner’s manual thoroughly explains the different choices, the onscreen menu is translucent and logically laid out, and the individual video controls don’t cover the screen, which makes it easier to adjust the picture. I began with video adjustments, setting up the HDMI and component video inputs using my Sony DVP-NS75H DVD player and test patterns from the “Video Essentials” DVD (DVD International). Pioneer has included six picture modes from which to choose: Standard, Dynamic, Movie, Game, User and Pure (which Pioneer says “reflects input signals as faithfully as possible”). In all modes but Dynamic, you can make further adjustments to contrast, brightness, color, tint and sharpness. I recommend you avoid the Dynamic mode; it’s extremely blue and shows a ton of edge enhancement. I ultimately went with the Pure mode for the HDMI input and the Movie mode for component video. Both look quite accurate by videophile standards and required only minor tweaks on my part. Some edge enhancement was still visible in these modes, which required turning down the sharpness control. You can turn this setting all the way down through the HDMI input; however, with component video, the picture gets noticeably softer if you set the sharpness control at its minimum (–15). I set it at –1 to remove edge enhancement yet still show all the detail in the picture. In addition to the above six picture modes, the PRO-930HD come ISFccc calibration ready, which adds two additional viewing modes, ISF day and ISF night. This calibration should be performed by a professional for further adjustment of the plasma's picture contrast, tint, color as well as to take into account the specific room environment.
----------------- thanks.this will help.keep updated.

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