I have a similar issue to resolve with my Comcast Cable Box (set to 1080i)/Pioneer VSX-1016TX Receiver/Panasonic 1080i Plasma. When I purchased all this stuff my intention was to hang the Plasma over the fireplace and run a single long HDMI cable to the set from my receiver. Then all my components of various vintages and cabling needs(Cable box w/dvr, DVD,Roku audio, etc) would run into the receiver box and I would have a clean area at the hanging screen. I'm not getting an image on my Plasma and I'm trying to figure out why. I wrote Pioneer and had the following (irritating) discourse:
I just purchased a VSX-1016TXV-K I have a Panasonic TYH50PX600U plasma screen which is 1080i compatible. When I hook the two up via HDMI I get a blank screen. I'm thinking it is because my receiver is 1080p and monitor is 1080i.
So question 1- would that cause the "no picture" problem?
question 2 - is the VSX-1016TXV-K capable of downgrading to a 1080i or 760i or p signal so I can use the HDMI cable from receiver to screen?
PIONEER - What was your source? DVD or SAT?
My source was a Comcast Digital Cable Box with DVR (DCT3412 I). It is
connected to the Receiver through component cables. I hooked the comcast directly to the Plasma screen via the same HDMI cable and it worked fine. I don't have a second HDMI to hook Comcast to Receiver and Receiver to TV at the same time. I can certainly get one if it will work.
PIONEER - Make sure the HDMI firmware in the cable box is 1.1 or 1.2 firmware. If the 1.0 HDI fro cable boxes will not pass through the VSX-1016TX.
I can check with Comcast on the format.
But I need to understand this, you said "the 1.0 HDI fro cable boxes will not pass through the VSX-1016TX". So the HDMI signal is suppose to "pass through" the receiver. Does this mean the VSX-1016TX can't generate HDMI from the component signal? If that is the case then how will my other non-HDMI-components get their signal to the screen via the HDMI cable?
PIONEER - No, it means you need a new cable that will send a repeat signal to ANY receiver to please pass the video signal on to the TV set.
You're making this pretty difficult with such short incomplete answers. Please exert yourself a bit by providing more information so we can get this to a conclusion. What sort of cable will send a repeat signal and what does it hook up to? Is it a cable in addition to an HDMI or a different type of HDMI cable? I think your answer to my question "Does this mean the VSX-1016TX can't generate HDMI from the component signal?" was NO. That means your receiver CAN generate HDMI from other video/audio signals? If that is the case I shouldn't need this "repeat signal" generated for each component as there is nothing to pass on until the HDMI gets generated. My DVD is currently connected to the Pioneer via component cables. The sound is coming through fine but the image is blank, just like the cable box. I routed the component signal to the input switch for DVD/LD as recommended in the manual so I don't think that is what's causing the problem.