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480i vs.480p through component to HDTV, any real difference?

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Michael Rogers, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Michael Rogers

    Michael Rogers Well-Known Member

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    Okay, I have a HDTV on the way for Christmas. It is one that has one component input.

    I have 2 DVD players. The main one I use and is providing 5.1 sound (built in decoder to a receiver which has a 5.1 input) has a component connection but is only capable of 480i

    I have another that is capable of 480p but with only 2 channel stereo.

    I would rather keep my 480i player the "main" DVD player until I get a blu-ray, affording it the best connection. I am also aware of the HDTV's own deinterlacing process to end up producing, in effect, a 480p picture.

    I am wondering how much difference 480p makes to picture quality and am I sacrificing a lot of quality by making my best connection to an only 480i capable DVD player.

    Also considering a component AV switch but wonder how much signal loss that will cause.

    My display will be a 32" LCD capable of 1080p.
     
  2. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Well-Known Member

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    Since every DVD player is capable of 5.1 sound via a digital coax or optical output (it's in the spec), I'm wondering why you do not use the digital connection?
     
  3. Michael Rogers

    Michael Rogers Well-Known Member

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    My present Sony receiver has no decoder. It was gotten at the dawn of home 5.1 and carries a 5.1 analog input but no decoder. It works great and am not planning to replace it until it conks out.
     
  4. seedybrick

    seedybrick Active Member

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    geez i'm confused....doesn't both of your dvd players handle the decoding?

    either way...your tv is going to delace/upconvert to 1080p no matter what so there's really no way to know which will give the better picture unless you know a ton about the processors in each unit....or the more common route....try both out and let your eyes make the call.
     
  5. Michael Rogers

    Michael Rogers Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I will check it out.
     

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