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Also, there are two kinds of upconverting receivers. Cheaper ones (under $1,000) just transcode the signal to the HDMI output, keeping the original resolution (usually done as 480i for composite/S-video and anywhere from 480i-1080i on component), whereas slightly more expensive ones (getting up above $1,000) will actually upconvert the input signals to 720p, 1080i, or even 1080p. If you get a good receiver, this can make DVD and other standard resolution sources look better than if you just let your high definition TV do the upconverting. So if you can afford it, maybe look into one that can actually upconvert to 720p or 1080i (or even 1080p on the newest ones), as it might offer better quality than just feeding a 480i/p signal to your TV and letting it do the conversion.