HDMI - HD DVR, or Upscaling DVD?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by DonRoeber, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. DonRoeber

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    I've got 50" Sony HDTV, and currently I've got my upscaling DVD player connected to it's lone HDMI port. I've got a Comcast DVR that I'm replacing with the new TivoHD. Since I'm back there messing with connections anyway, I was wondering if it would make sense for me to use the TV's lone HDMI connection for the Tivo, rather than the DVD player. The other device will be connected with component video. In both cases, the audio is being handled by the receiver, not the TV.

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  2. Stephen Tu

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    Most upscaling DVD players can only upscale over HDMI, being limited to 480p over component. So it would make more sense to use the HDMI for the DVD player. That said - you may not notice much difference either way. Remember your Sony (assuming LCD/LCOS/plasma model) upscales the component video to its native resolution anyway. Upscaling DVD player is just basically a contest to see whether the scaler in the DVD player does more or less damage to the picture than the one in the TV. Differences will usually be subtle -- to get a big difference, upgrade to HD-DVD/Blu-ray ASAP. HD-DVD is down to $240 shipped these days.
     
  3. DonRoeber

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    Makes sense, thanks. Not ready to make the HD/BlueRay DVD switch just yet, maybe around Christmas.
     

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