Question about Pioneer VSX-917V-K Receiver

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I am trying to connect a Sony Playstaton 3 to a Pioneer VSX-917V receiver via a Monster HDMI cable thru the DVD/LD HDMI port in back of the receiver. Connected to the reciever is a Sony KDL-52XBR3 HDTV and a Scientific Atlanta Cablebox as well as a Sony DVD/VHS player. I cannot get the Pioneer AV receiver to recognize or display the PS3s video or audio when selecting the DVD/LD button. However when I attach the PS 3 with the supplied video / audio jacks to the front of the receiver via audio video terminal input jacks and select that input source it works fine. Obviously,the problem is that I specifically purchased the PS3 for Blu Ray video and Hi definition gaming. Do need another type of HDMI cable for the PS3, or do i need to replace my AV receiver which is only three years old? I'm hoping its just a small fix, or a switching function that I need to do manually in the reciever somehow. What is the most probable and best solution? Thanks Mark S.

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  • markjs603 Jan 01, 2011

    I dont hsve an auxiliary HDMI port on my reciever the Aux inputhas just standard jacks for input.

  • markjs603 Jan 01, 2011

    Thanks for your quick reply. I have a Monster HDMI cable that I have connected to the HDMI socket labeled DVD/LD and then back to the PS3. I was thinking that this is the proper cable required to send the HD stuff from the PS3 to the AV receiver and then to the HDTV. I guess what I'm confused about is that HDMI sockets are already available as you stated (two in and 1 out) yet I cant seem how to figure out how to enable the HDMI socket on the reciever I have it plugged in to get PS 3 to work through the AV reciever.

  • markjs603 Jan 01, 2011

    Here is a link to a PDF photo of the back panel of the reciever. The HDMI sockets are on top center.(2 In,I out- as you stated) I was plugging my HDMI cable connected to the PS3 into the top left socket and pressing the DVD/LD button on the front of the reciever to activate it.
    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pio/pe...

    Thanks!
    Mark S.

  • markjs603 Jan 01, 2011

    Thanks for your quick response. I am using a Monster HDMI cable connected to my PS3 and then to the HDMI IN socket1 labeled DVD/LD. I then selected the DVD/LD button on the front of the receiver thinking it would enable and recognize the PS3 thought the HDMI 1 socket. You are right that there are three HDMI sockets -two In, 1 out. I guess I'm confused as to why the Pioneer receiver wont allow an easy fix to recognize the HDMI cable and PS3 connected to HDMI socket 1.



    Here is a link to a PDF photo of the back of the Pioneer receiver's back panel.



    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pio/pe...



    The HDMI socket I was using was/ is located on the top center, the left one, labeld DVD/LD 1 IN.



    Thanks again for your help!



    Mark S.


  • markjs603 Jan 01, 2011

    Thank you very much for your time, and I look forward to your reply!

    Regards,

    Mark S.

  • markjs603 Jan 02, 2011



    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I had to work all day yesterday and did not return home until early evening. I looked over your solution and I appreciate all your hard work. My one question is, the graphic refers to a Yamaha model not my Pioneer VSX-917V. So next question, is the solution still valid or do we need to go back to the drawing board?

    Regards,

    Mark

  • markjs603 Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks so much for your help I will let you know when I get things up and running.

  • markjs603 Jan 04, 2011

    Thanks. I'll let you know. Just haven't had time today to try it.

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Hi,

There is no dedicated DVD/LD "HDMI" port on your receiver. I would guess this is your problem.

The (DVD/LD) IN 1 port is for component A/V cables. There are 3 HDMI sockets (2 IN, 1 OUT) directly above the DVD/LD port. Therefore, you are not going to get any response from the receiver if you set the input source to DVD/LD when you are using an HDMI cable.

I need to make sure we are working on the same definitions here before we go any further. Are you using a component type cable (3 video + 2 Audio plugs on each end) or an actual HDMI cable, like this:

http://www.corcomputers.com/images/AGIKBAB133-HDMI-MM.jpg

There seems to be a lot of confusion over HDMI cables. A component cable will carry an HD signal, but it is not an HDMI cable. HDMI refers exclusively to the cable type in the image above.

I can definitely help you to get this working, but I need to make sure we are on the same page before doing so. Some Pioneer receivers have the HDMI ports disabled at the factory and they need to be re-enabled by the user.

If you can let me know which cable type you are actually using, we should be able to sort this fairly quickly.

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    DILLIGAF Jan 01, 2011

    Hi Mark,



    Thanks for the info - I have the answer for you, however it's slightly more complicated than I had hoped so it's going to take me up to an hour to compile all of the information you need. I'm doing ti now and I will get back to you asap.



    Regards,

    BElectric

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    DILLIGAF Jan 01, 2011

    No problem Mark.



    You might want to reconsider the HDMI cable setup and switch to component type cables after reading this, but this is what you need to do to use the HDMI cable method.



    1. Connect HDMI cable from PS3 to HDMI port "(DVD/LD) IN 1" on the receiver (no change)

    2. Connect another HDMI cable from the HDMI port on the receiver to an HDMI input on the TV

    3. Connect a separate audio cable from the PS3 to the receiver of one of the following types:



    a) RCA type (2 plug - red/white)

    b) Digital Optical Audio / Coaxial



    I have enlarged a diagram of the correct setup for you:



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/57298187@N02/5310710215/





    The reason for this is your receiver only has HDMI "thru". If you connect an HDMI source to it, e.g. your PS3, the receiver has to output the signal via HDMI to your TV also. It cannot process the HDMI signal and send it to your TV through whichever cable you are currently using to connect your receiver to your TV. You would also need to switch your TV input to HDMI when using the PS3.



    This is also the reason for needing a separate audio cable from the PS3 to the receiver. Your receiver cannot extract the audio from the HDMI signal it is simply being sent directly to the TV. Therefore, you would have sound from the PS3 through the TV speakers, but not through any additional speakers connected to the receiver. If you want to output the PS3 sound through a speaker/surround sound system connected to the receiver you will need the separate audio cable as per the diagram.



    It's really your decision.



    If you want to use the HDMI cables then you will need to make the additional connections shown above. It may also be necessary to "assign" the HDMI port to an "INPUT" button on the receiver.



    Another type of cable would be simpler. I would suggest Component A/V as this will still carry an HD signal however, it does have a slightly reduced quaility compared to HDMI.



    I will continue to help you set this up but I need to know which connection method you are planning to use. There are too many details to list them all for every conceivable option!



    BElectric.



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    DILLIGAF Jan 01, 2011

    I missed one option: You could connect your PS3 directly to the TV with the HDMI cable you already have and then a separate audio cable from the PS3 to the receiver if you are using any external speakers connected to the receiver. The receiver is only passing the HDMI signal to the TV anyway - it is not necessary for it to be connected to the PS3.

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    DILLIGAF Jan 02, 2011

    Hi Mark,



    Sorry, that was just a typo. I wrote Yamaha under the diagram by accident. I guess I was probably working on another solution for a Yamaha unit around that time.



    The diagram and everything else I wrote is 100% accurate, correct and still valid. You will notice that the connections on rear of the unit in the diagram are an exact match for your Pioneer receiver. I've changed the caption under the diagram now to read "Pioneer".



    I will continue to assist you until you've got this setup and working. Anytime you have a question, just post it on this page and I will answer asap.



    Regards,



    BElectric

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    DILLIGAF Jan 04, 2011

    No problem mark. There are 2 things you will need to do after making the HDMI and audio connections:



    1. Select the correct HDMI input on your TV when using the Playstation.

    2. "Assign" the HDMI port to an "INPUT" button on the front of the Pioneer receiver



    If you need any assistance with either of these, just let me know. I will need to know the model number of your TV to help you with "1". "2" may or may not be necessary - we'll cross that bridge when we get there . . . I'll wait to hear back from you. BElectric.

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I had basically the same problem with my JVC receiver. It would not work on the DVD HDMI input but worked on the auxiliary HDMI input with my PS3. You might want to try that and see if it works for you.

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