OK, i'll take a pause from my rant because i mostly fed up with the problems with this receiver, which caused me to go off on Denon. Maybe not entirely their fault, but one thing i know for sure, is i know as much as many on this forum and set up my system thoroughly. When it doesnt work the way it supposed to, thats when i have an issue. When i replaced it with my old sony, and everything worked, (other than not having 9 channels or Atmos), so i know where the issue is.
Let me make myself very clear. i did my set up properly. I assigned all my inputs.. xbox, ps4, appleTV, blue ray, Directv and all are HDMI. I set up my TV without ARC because i am using ARC from my projector, which has a nice interface. Its an LG HU810P. I know whats assigned to what input.. i said that. but for others that enter the room, they would need a cross reference wouldn't they? GAME is PS4, but where is the XBOX input? Everything is hidden in my theater, and the controller isnt back lit, so you look at it and just have to know which one to select. The SONY has large "WATCH" or "LISTEN" buttons and you push one of them and on the screen are all of the inputs by pictures. Yeah, I know all the knuckle dragger audiophiles will laugh at that, but its nice for those that are not like you or me. So, I get it, i know what to push.
I know how ARC works and guess what? This reveiver/Projector combo will turn on the receiver thats not connected to the ARC port. So fill me in on what i missed in the set up that you so firmly agree I missed? Not all the time BTW.. Another issue is the Sony processed 4K without an issue, the Denon has issues with DirecTV 4k, it shows a screen with pastel colors(so i bought a high end HDMI 8K cables just for that but it didnt fix it) When the Projector is connected to Monitor 1 and both are ARC, the projector works fine. When i connect the TV to monitor2, and a non-arc output on the TV, the receiver doesnt want to select monitor2 when on auto, it always connects to monitor1.. so i have to turn off auto to get it to show output on monitor2. Then it will show both but the TV will blink every 10 seconds or so.. Stay with me.. so when the projector screen is up i have to open the cabinet, go to to settings, video, output, and indicate monitor2 to fix that. Real Nice.. The Sony had a button on the controller for HDMI1, HDM2 or both. it would cycle on a simple push. Convienent. Not Denon. Sony would project both HDMI outputs at the same time, for me to do that i have to turn on Zone2 and have source audio because Monitor 1 and Monitor 2 will not simultaneous display output. I dont want to do that, it doesnt make sense.
So before you start running your mouth about me not knowing how to set things up, try comparing equipment instead. Denon user interface sucks, the sensitivity with HDMI is much worse than Sony. its a fact, and i can prove it.