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Help with my Hi-Def Lifestyle

I have an Onkyo HT-s894 HTIB. Along with the DVD player that came in the box, I also have a HD cable TV box from my cable provider that lets me get the few HD channels they broadcast. Right now I'm just passing the cable signal out to my ceiling mounted projector (Mitsubishi HC3000U) via an HDMI connection (only 1 HDMI input in the back of the projector).

What I'd like to do is be able to see the DVD stuff in HD AND the cable TV in HD as well. Looking at the Onkyo site, they claim that the receiver/DVD combo upconverts with to the component level. My question is:

1) Can I get two different HD signals wired into the projector - one for cable using the HDMI - and one from the DVD player from the component outs?

I guess I'm confused about the component upconversion issue...does it mean the receiver will take in a non-HD signal (maybe from component or S-video and upconverted it to HD, BUT that the output connection must be in HDMI format? Or will it pass an HD signal through the component outs?

Confused? I am. Thanks!

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In reply to: Help with my Hi-Def Lifestyle

IMAGINE MY CONFUSION after reading your post!

There are many regular contributors here that may find you a solution for your complicated problem.

Good luck, river.

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"upconversion" is a confusing word

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because hdmi-upconversion from a receiver (maybe like yours) means that it will take other inputs like s-video, composite, component, etc and send them thru your hdmi, but without any true improvement to video. Then there ARE other, more expensive receivers (with Realta HQV and such) that will "upconvert" the picture quality, AND "upconvert" the transmission thru the HDMI output. I don't think yours does this, but Im not sure.

With most upconverting dvd players, the hdmi or dvi ouput must be used to get a 720p/1080i/1080p signal. Components, I believe, can only output to 480p thru this kind of "upconversion".

So, perhaps try connecting both cable and dvd to the receiver via hdmi. Then an HDMI from the receiver to the projector. HOWEVER, I am afraid you cable box may not have "hdcp repeaters", meaning that the signal would die at the receiver.

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h.d.m.i. switcher You can buy one that has anywhere from 2 to 4 inputs. uses no power and comes with remote control for easy use. The problem with amp h.d.m.i. switching is that sometimes signal will not go thru amp. then run all your audio to the a/v/ amp, This way you only need 1 h.d.m.i. cable going to projector

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Seems like several points of confusion, but one thing for

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sure, nothing but godly intervention will take a non-HD signal & magically make it HD.

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