Originally Posted by profhat
...The Maggy is just a SD - MPEG-2 recorder device, so maybe your friend is sending you advanced HD - AVI / MP4 material.
OK, here I am, back a year later. What I did when I first brought up this issue was connect both boxes directly to the TV. The Mag received input from the STB via coaxial cable. It sent output to the TV via HDMI.
The Phillips was not connected to the STB in any way, nor was there ever any reason for it to be so. It was (and is) just a basic player of disks.
This setup worked for us perfectly well for a year.
Recently, though, Sky came and swapped out our STB. The old STB was only SD capable, and had become crushingly obsolete. But the reason we changed the STB was because the old one had ceased to work. Believe it or not (and I am still bemused!), our dish had a small leak that ultimately allowed water to get into the coaxial cable coming into our house. The water made its way through the cable into the STB, and killed it. Sky sent a techie out with a new box, and swapped us. Well and good.
The new STB is indeed much newer. It is HD capable, and works perfectly well as advertised. It does not, however, have a coaxial ANT OUT. Instead, it offers HDMI OUT and standard VIDEO OUT. As you all know, the Mag 515 does not provide HDMI IN...only HDMI OUT. No problem, though: I used the L1, and was able to reconnect. I now have both my Mag and my Phillips connected to my TV via HDMI, and as stated, my Mag receives input from the STB via the standard 3 cable connection (Video, Audio L, and Audio R; I apologize for my ignorance of proper terminology).
Yes, it all works. The old Phillips DVD Player is beginning to show indications of imminent failure, and may need to be replaced quite soon, but that is not an issue.
What I would like to understand now...if it is possible to make this Philistine comprehend...are the limitations of the connection from my STB to my Mag, and from my Mag to my TV. It is supposedly a digital signal, and according to Sky, can carry a HD signal from the STB to the Mag. There, I plan to use the HDD function to record the program for later viewing. I'd very much like to get the best possible picture quality, given this configuration, but I suspect there's more information I need to know in order to do so.
For starters, while the Mag has jacks for Component Video Out, it only has Input jacks what I think of as "basic video and audio." In other words, red, green, and yellow, one video, two audio. How does this affect or limit the quality of the input into the Mag? Am I correct in assuming that the HDMI OUT is the best quality connection from the Mag to my TV?
I repeat, my current configuration does work, and the picture quality is pretty good. It seems to be clearer and sharper than SD, and if this is the best I can do, I'll be content. Having said that, what can I do to truly maximize performance?
Thank you for:
A. Taking the time to read my wordy and pompous post
B. For any suggestions