3rd Component Input

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  1. Todd Henry

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    I am trying to decide the value of getting a receiver with 3 component inputs. I do have 3 components that use component video (HDTV, DVD, XBox). However, I have enough inputs on my TV if I didn't want to have the receiver do the video switching.

    However, if I run all 3 components through the receiver into the 1 input on the TV then I can't do Picture-in-Picture with those inputs, right? If the receiver does Component conversion and I hook up another component via S-Video (old DirecTivo) to the receiver the component out to the TV would control the picture and I would not be able to use PIP either for that input too.

    Also, I won't be able to listen to the TV sound when playing the X-Box which I do sometimes without a second set of speakers.

    What other benefits of running all 3 components through the receiver am I missing?

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    Todd
     
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    Very few displays allow picture in picture for HD sources by the way.
     
  3. Todd Henry

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    My Sony lets me show the HD Receiver plus the SD Directivo with PIP.

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    My Sony lets me PIP anything hooked up too.

    Since you have enough inptus, I don't see any benefit at all, of running everything through the receiver. The ONLY difference is that video and audio are both selected at the same time, and that isn't a gain if you lose PIP. IMO, I wouldn't bother using a higher level connection for game systems unless it was also being used for DVDs anyway. S-vid and component have the same basic resolution, though color will be better via component.
     

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