Any particular AVR better than others With DirecTV HDMI ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by cypherx, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Feb 6, 2013 #1 of 83

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I'm wondering if there's any particular AVR brand that works the best with DirecTV. Yamaha, Onkyo, Sony, Pioneer, etc...

    From good compatibility with the HDMI handshake process, to good compatibility with the DirecTV RC65 remote.

    Looking for a receiver that DirecTV has a code for so the remote will control the volume for it and turn it off and on.

    Also I want to be able to run HDMI to the receiver, then from the receiver to the TV. Also wouldn't mind one that had HDMI Passthrough so if I don't want all the noise, I could keep it off but still watch DirecTV and hear it through the TV's speakers.
  2. Feb 6, 2013 #2 of 83

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I've read Onkyo are great receivers, but audio drops take a few seconds to resync. That's possibly changed. Yamaha, which I have (RX-465), handles them very quickly. It also does pass through.
  3. Feb 6, 2013 #3 of 83

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    I've had no issues with my Denon AVR3312ci.
  4. Feb 6, 2013 #4 of 83

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    My Pioneer has been excellent.
  5. Feb 6, 2013 #5 of 83

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    I'm another Denon guy here. The one thing you may not like is you cannot have the Directv remote turn everything on and off with one button press. It can control the volume, and it can turn on and off, but it cant actually control 3 devices at once. The way around it is to have the remote setup to turn your dvr and tv on/off, and have the tv use its HDMI control to turn your avr on and off. The Directv remote will control the power and volume of your avr, but only the volume can be controlled via the remote when in the Directv selector position, called volume pass-through or punch through. The way most of us I assume have it setup if we are using the provided D* remote is to program the D* remote to turn on/off the tv/dvr combo, and the tv turns on the avr and puts it back into standby when the tv/dvr combo are shutdown.
  6. Feb 6, 2013 #6 of 83

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Does that hold true for every brand of AVR?

    I'm leaning towards something similar to Yamaha RX-V473. That one does show up in the remote control programming menu.

    I just like the simple remote without having to spend another $100 or so for a harmony.
  7. Feb 6, 2013 #7 of 83

    txfeinbergs Legend

    Nov 15, 2005
    2010 Pioneers don't work so good with an HR-34. About a 5 second video delay when changing channels if using HDMI. What is interesting is I didn't have that issue with other Directv receivers. Luckily I just figured out how to use the Digital Coax connection on the back this weekend and I am back in business running the HDMI directly to the TV, and the audio to the receiver separately.
  8. Feb 6, 2013 #8 of 83

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
  9. Feb 6, 2013 #9 of 83

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
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    If I get one that has composite (yellow) out, can I run that into my VCR to send a downconverted version of the HDMI input?

    Currently when I'm in the bedroom (SDTV) I have to press and hold exit to get a huge windows 8 looking screen that says "your cables or tv is not in HD". Then if I go down to the family room I have to press and hold exit to go back to HD out on the HDMI jack there. The short is both are not enjoyable at the same time.

    I use an old VCR solely as a Ch 4 modulator to send a receiver output to the bedroom. I use an IR / RF repeater to bounce remote signals from the bedroom down to the family room where this is setup.

    If an AVR fixes this, I'll take the composite feed from it into the VCR rather than the one from the directv box.
  10. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    I think you missed my point. The Directv remote will control most of the name brand avr's. But the standard remotes cant actually turn on and off themselves plus 2 other device with one button press. It can control itself, a tv, and 2 other remote controlled items if it has the codeset, but the one button on/off only works for dvr and tv. You have to move the slider at the top if the remote to control the other 2 programmed components.
  11. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    Here is another Denon recommendation. I am sure that there are many others that are just as good, but I replaced my old Marantz with a Denon 1911 almost two years ago and have been extremely pleased with it.
  12. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Denon and Marantz seem to behave the best from what I have read. Yamaha usually does pretty well also. I don't think I have ever noticed an audio dropout with my Denon 3808, other than when both the video and audio get screwed up for a second or two from satellite signal issues etc.

    The Sony and Onkyo stuff seem to have a bit slower audio processors, so any anomolies in the dolby digital signal tends to make them lose audio for a second or two.

    Pioneer seems to be very hit or miss. Pioneer has seemed to have quite abit of trouble with HDMI period, not just with DirecTV equipment but with Blu-Ray players, other cable/satellite boxes etc. Personally I would avoid Pioneer if you are looking for a good multi-channel surroound sound setup. If you are doing 2 channel audio only you are probably fine with them.

    It sounds like you are wanting an AV receiver that can downconvert the HDMI signal (and maybe all others) to composite and send that out. I'm not sure how many can do that anymore, but I'm sure some can, especially high end ones. Many high end ones are made specifically with a composite monitor out that can show everything to be used with a small monitor so you can install the monitor in the equipment rack/room with everything else and use it for checking setups making adjustments etc. without having to turn on a projector or run around to different rooms.
  13. ttodd1

    ttodd1 AllStar

    Oct 28, 2007
    +1 for Denon
  14. kwasnicka

    kwasnicka Mentor

    Aug 23, 2011
    I just got a Pioneer 1022-VX AVR receiver and it works great. No problem with HDMI handsake. Passes through 3D signal. Directv remote adjusts volume and turns it on/off.
  15. TOakley1

    TOakley1 AllStar

    Feb 1, 2007
    Another vote for Denon. I've had no problems with HDMI handshakes.

    I recommend a Harmony 900 to go with it though. They are pricey, but they really tie everything together nicely.
  16. Ken984

    Ken984 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Denon for me as well. I have had HK, Pioneer Elite, Onkyo and now Denon. I prefer Denon over the others for various reasons. I will not buy another Onkyo, had terrible luck with 2 different models. The Pioneer Elite sounded great but started having HDMI handshake issues within a year. Denon 2311ci has been rock solid for 2 years plus now.
  17. cariera

    cariera Icon

    Oct 27, 2006
    Another vote for Denon. No problems with my 3808. However not using the Directv remote, using an URC MX-980.
  18. montanaxvi

    montanaxvi Legend

    Oct 2, 2008
    Not an audiophile and have no issues to report with an older Onkyo with an HR22 via HDMI
  19. hjones4841

    hjones4841 Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    Denon all the way for me. Harmony 900 also. Heard that Logitech wants to sell the Harmony line. Sure hope it does not die off.

    I also heard of the audio drop outs with Onkyo. Wonder if that has been fixed now.
  20. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Denon works for me along with my Harmony 1000 Univeral Remote which not only Controls my DVR/AVR but also my Yamaha MusiCast Music Server and my LG BluRay Player!!! :D

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