BDP1500 - Onkyo Video playback issue
When using the receiver as the HDMI switch, and only audio plays back - it is typically an HDCP authentication issue. If the receiver doesn't validate the HDCP compliancy of the player, it will deactivate video output. This was a big issue for installers about 3-4yrs ago, when receivers would cut video playback to TVs, from HDMI connected cable boxes; however, the HDMI audio would still playback. the reason for this was that the cable boxes were sending additional information, outside of the receivers HDCP authentication parameters, and it would deem it as non-compliant. This was corrected by receiver manufacturers via updates, and the issues were corrected as well with the newer models. You can force it to work by, of course, running the HDMI direct to the TV, then out from the TV to the receiver via optical cable; however you will not be able to utilize HD audio formats (lossless) such as DOLBY TRUE HD or DTS Master Audio - only through HDMI can lossless audio formats transmit.
First off: how old was the Philips DVD? (It will help me further troubleshoot later on)
I would try a few things... first, to be safe: turn off the 'Anynet+' features within the BDP1500... next, go to the set-up menu of the Onkyo and disable the 'RIHD'(located in 'Hardware Set-up), which is Onkyo's version of HDMI-CEC (consumer electronics control)... also, set the HDMI output resolution to 'Through' - this will pass the signal along to the TV with no conversions, just as it is output from the source. I would have a back up HDMI cable, just to be safe (if you haven't verified that the cable is operating properly already) for testing purposes. If after you have set the devices up as indicated, and you still don't have a picture... then I would try to update the firmware of the BDP1500 - a longshot, but it is worth trying... there are no current firmware/software updates for the Onkyo TX-SR606 Receiver, and it is v1.3, so the HDCP authentification processes will be up to date. The fact that the Philips DVD worked via HDMI does not eliminate receiver issues... if the Philips is an older version of HDMI, it would not have transmitted the same amount of info that HDMI v1.3 will transmit... that being said, there MAY have been a hidden issue with the receiver's firmware/software when processing that additional information... again, a longshot, but there is a small chance. The BDP1500 was riddled with issues, and there were many returns due to defect, dozens in my experience alone... if you can, try and get access to a new BDP to test it out... if a difference BDP works, then we can definitively say that it is the BDP1500... Let's see how this works out, and we'll go from there! Hope this was helpful. Good luck!
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