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Stuck with Dinosaur HDTV-- Which AV Receiver?

by JzzSngr / September 1, 2008 10:44 AM PDT

I am stuck with my old, old Pioneer Elite HD700 big box HDTV (its capability is 1080i). In all fairness, the quality has been excellent. Unfortunately it has no HDMI inputs-- "Component Video In" is its best option (with the two sets of inputs dedicated to my cable box and my standard DVD player). For a variety of reasons I need to stay with this TV for a while, but I am willing to replace my old, old top-of-the-line Yamaha receiver, which does not even have component video switching. At the same time, I have an HD cable tv box (currently connected to TV using component video even though it has HDMI out capability), and I am ready for Blu-Ray, PS3 and other HDMI sources. Does it make any sense (or is it even do-able) to have a new receiver with HDMI switching, connect my devices to the receiver using HDMI, and have the video output to the Dinosaur Pioneer HDTV using component video? If it does make sense, do most high-end AV receivers even do this? Are there any other options? I know I can get a component video switching box and use the component video out jacks from the source devices, but I was hoping to start using HDMI feeds and have the video output "down-converted" from 1080p to 1080i. Thanks for any suggestions.

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by givemeaname / September 2, 2008 11:52 AM PDT

maybe best not to get a PS3 but something like the samsung BD-p2500, the Panasonic DMP-BD50 or Sony BDP-S350. One that has 5.1 or 7.1 analogs outs & can internally decode the HD audios & out puts them via analogs & turn that 'old' yamaha into an amp, the Bluray play will then decode the HD audio (but for DTS-MA, that is HDMI only).

For video just run the component out on the BD player straight to the tv. There is NO need to run video through an A/V, the only benefits is that you can only get DTS-MA via HDMI & that you can see the set-up menu of the A/V on the tv, not just the A/V's little lcd/led screen.

but yes that is an old hdtv not to have DVI or HDMI port. When was it made??

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by givemeaname / September 2, 2008 11:59 AM PDT
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scratch the sony-350 it just has 2.0 analogs out

the Sony BDP-S550 has 7.1 anaglogs outs

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Stuck with Dinosaur HDTV-- Which AV Receiver?
by JzzSngr / September 2, 2008 12:46 PM PDT
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Thanks for the info and advice. The Pioneer Elite HDTV is circa 1998. I think I'm going to go with the PS3 going through an "Impact Acoustics 3-Play" remote controlled switching device using the Sony (or Monster) HDMI to Component Video cable for video and an optical Toslink cable for audio. I'll also run my "old" DVD/CD changer through this, with the switcher's Component Video out to my TV and the Digital Audio out to my Yamaha. I'll leave my HD cable box as is to the TV and the Yamaha. The net effect should give me my choice of 1080i or 720p video from the games and Blu-Ray movies. My Harmony remote can handle all of the above to make switching "activities" a relative cinch. Any thoughts on 1080i versus 720p?

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by givemeaname / September 2, 2008 2:28 PM PDT

I can not find any info on your tv, soo I am guessing it is a crt or crt-RPtv???.... so 1080i, CRT's can not do progressive (p), only interlaced (i)

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Here is a link for HDMI to Component coverter.
by jcrobso / September 3, 2008 6:54 AM PDT $299.00
It is HDCP so if the protect flag on the source is turned on the component outputs will not work.
I would suggest getting a good AV receiver that has component switching until you can up grade your HDTV. You can get good receiver for the $300 that converter box would cost. John
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by stewart norrie / September 3, 2008 6:54 AM PDT

I have tried both h.d.m.i. vs. componit cables on my home theater set up and h.d.m.i. is stunning componit cables looked horrible. and yes I just got rid of my Sony 65" three tube monster very low light output and always having to convergence the darn thing Time for e.bay ha ha. LCD sets are selling at dirt cheap prices and you will love the stunning picture. Then run your blue ray player using h,d,m,i, and hi-def cable also using h.d.m.i. just switch inputs on the t.v. after that you use optical audio outpuut on blue ray player and box yes upgrade amp that has op[tical audio inputs then all you need is a snack bar and dont forget to spend your life savings on speakers

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