Just got off the phone with Yamaha customer support, who were very helpful. The display on the amp, in the lower right hand corner, displays the source input, not the output. So, for example, you can be watching cable tv, and the cable tv is sending a 2-channel stereo signal to your receiver. Your amp shows only L and R. But since it has a processing system, depending on the processing program you have chosen it will probably distribute that sound to all five speakers. You will be confused, because you hear sound from all speakers but you only see L and R lit up. You will believe that you are not getting 5.1 sound. And you will be correct: you aren't, because the source is not sending you a five-channel signal. That's where I got panicked. So the Yamaha representative said, insert a DVD that you absolutely know contains a Dolby Digital audio. I inserted Shaolin Soccer DVD, went straight to a scene in the middle, and bingo! The center and surround right and left speaker lights lit up! So there is the 5.1 surround sound. It will light up when it detects that kind of sound from the source. Otherwise it will probably give you a sort of "fake" 5-channel sound that it creates from a 2-channel source.
Now the question becomes, are your connections getting the 5-channel sound to the amp correctly? I just confirmed that my DVD, connected with a Coaxial cable to the Yamaha, does get 5.1 surround sound, if the sound is encoded in the DVD. I have not tested this yet with video games or Blu-Rays; I will post again if and when I confirm that this works on a PS3.
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unplug TV and Bluray power cords from wall socket, replug HDMI cable in both units, replug power cords back in, turn them On and check.
Let me know how it worked. it seems Bluray player set its display resolution bit higher that TV doesn't support.
Please connect Bluray in TV by usual AV cable (yellow-red-white) and go to BD player setup menu and reduce HDMI Out resolution like 1080p to 1080i, then check it in TV HDMI input.
You have to adjust the settings on whatever is connected to your television. If you have a bluray player connected to your television with an hdmi cable you should be able to receive 1080p but you have to set the bluray player to 1080i. The tv picks up the signal automatically. From your cable box or satellite tv box you cannot get any more than 1080i from television programs at this time. You can get 1080p from bluray on demand. In certain circumstances you can get 1080p over component cables as well as an hdmi cable but in most cases you will only get 1080i. Once again you have to set your connected device to 1080 to get it on your tv
Please don't rate me for this. Onkyo has been having voltage problems with their HDMI boards in several models. Yours is one of them. They first instructed techs to replace some capacitors, then add some capaictors to repair the voltage problems. Now they want us to replace the HDMI boards but I have yet to receive any (on back-order) Sorry for the bad news.
Your brand new receiver? that model is almost 4 years old? The HDMI version is generation 1 version 1.1 and riddled with problems. It's not a "Yamaha" problem, it's an "HDMI" problem. HDCP is the biggest issue (copyright protection) and pass thru firmware that is not forward compatable, which is why HDMI blows. Today's current version is 1.3b and supposedly has "fixed" all the issues. If your TV is 1080p and larger than 50" run your HDMI directly to the TV from the bluray. If your TV is 50" or smaller or 1080i, just run Component and digital coaxial or optical. Reason: The human eye cannot see the difference between 720p and 1080p on a screen 50" or smaller, that is fact. If your TV is not 1080p, and is 1080i, component still has it beat at 720p. I've been doing HD since 1995 and have dealt with all the issues! If your not sure if your TV is 1080i or 1080p just post a comment w/ your model # and I can walk you thru the best possible way to set your system up. If you just got the receiver "new" from a store, take it back. It's way behind the curve. Hope this helps
Unfortunately the RX-V463's HDMI output is version 1.2 or 1.1. In simple terms, It is useless! Not to blame yamaha or any other manufacturer but the firmware was riddled with problems; just like what you describe. There is no fix for your model for the video issue, however, the optical issue is solveable. The receiver should play 5.1- 6.1 7channel stereo etc. in optical or coaxial mode. If you have the ability to switch to coaxial, do so. it's sound is warmer anyway. Secondly, check your settings thru the receivers "GUI" or "Menu" in Manual setup for audio. Thirdly, check your samsungs "Native" resolution, chances are it will only do 720p or 1080i and; if your TV is 50" or smaller, the human eye cannot see the difference between 720p and 1080p anyway, provided you use good cables. I am a professional in the industry and still avoid using HDMI whenever possible!
Just make sure you set your BluRay and TV to the same resolution. If your choices are 720p or 1080i use 720p it's cleaner 1080i is equal to 540p, which is just a hair over std DVD video. If you still have problems and need more help, post a comment and I will help some more. Hope this helps
Try hooking the Panasonic up straight to the tv without going through the receiver. If it displays a picture its obviously not the blu-ray player. May also be a problem with the HDMI cable itself. Hope this helps.