Pioneer VSX-820 receiver, Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray player and analog TV
I'm doing an upgrade with my system. My old receiver and DVD player were 2000 models. I just bought a new receiver and a new Blu-ray player. I'll be going to an HD television sometime in the next year. Money is an issue.
My TV is an RCA 27F554T and has no HDMI jack, obviously. The receiver is a Pioneer VSX-820 and the Blu-ray is a Sony BDP-S580.
I have everything hooked up correctly, I assume. The one thing I did was connect an HDMI cable from the Blu-ray to the receiver and I couldn't get video. I disconnected that and now I get video. I get sound on the TV but nothing on the receiver.
For the record, when I (mistakenly) hooked the HDMI from the BD to the receiver, I got sound but an error on the TV screen.
What did I do wrong? I'm assuming that it's one of my RCA jack settings.
I think the answer to your problem is described on page 22 of the manual.
"This receiver is not loaded with a video converter. When you use component video cables or HDMI cables for connecting to the input device, the same cables should be used for connecting to the TV".
Therefore, if you are connecting to your TV via the component video outputs (red, blue, green), then you need to connect from the Blu-ray player with component video too (if possible).
Page 26 of the manual tells you more about connecting without using HDMI.
For the sound, you could connect using an optical cable. You just need to tell the receiver which input you are using for sound when the component video connection is being used. This is detailed on page 41 of the manual - 'Choosing the input signal'.
When using the HDMI connection, you must have had the audio setting to 'THRU', which means the audio gets passed to the TV and not processed by the receiver (page 40).
Everything gets a bit easier when you can use HDMI for all your connections, but in the meantime this should work just fine.
Hope that helps.
Paul (Site Editor)
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