I have my Denon BD connected to my Denon 2809 via HDMI but I can only play cd's with the monitor "on". I've wondered about this, once I turn on the BD the monitor comes on with it(reads "DENON")...turn the monitor off, the BD turns off too. (?)
I’ve had my Oppo 981 and BD-83 hooked up through my Denon 2807 prior to getting my Onkyo and never had to turn on either my DLP or projector to play a CD or DVD. Both would start up automatically if the disk player and receiver were on.
What happens to the signal to your monitor when you switch to “Pure Direct?”
Does this happen when you use the power switch on each device? Is it possible your remote is turning both on and off at the same time and you just need to reprogram it?
I’ve heard of HDMI handshake issues with devices turned off but never something that’s turned on and off by another device via HDMI.