Originally Posted by like2watch00
-posts on the thread above and others say to let the 8300HD feed the 5080 an unadulterated signal so the TV can do all the signal processing itself. Is that best, and is that what Pass Through does?
"Best" is subjective. Generally speaking, a newer TV will do a better job converting signals to the TV's native format. However, unless you try things for yourself, you won't know what looks "best" to you. Many people enable 480i (or 480p) to allow the TV to "stretch" the content on SD channels (ostensibly to avoid uneven phosphor wear, or burn-in). I suggest you do the same. Which one depends on if the 5080 handles one or the other better (some TVs don't play nice with 480i over HDMI). Try them both individually and see if you prefer one over the other.
It's a little different with 720p and 1080i. If you enable both, the TV will go through a reformat every time you tune to/from a 720p channel to/from a 1080i channel. Some folks don't like this reformatting and simply enable one or the other. In my case (with a CRT-based Hitachi), I can't "see" a difference between 720p converted by the 8300 or the TV, so I only enabled 1080i and I avoid the reformat. Again, my advice is to try them both together and see what looks best to you and see if the reformat bothers you.
- I'm not clear on whether I can use the Pass Through settings even if I use an HDMI cable.
No, you can't, because Auto-HDMI replaces that option, but Auto-HDMI is basically the same thing, so don't worry about it.
- at least during the 5080 break in period I know I should make sure non-HD images are stretched- not sure what settings to use for that.
I don't have a 5080, so I assume the other comments you received are correct, the TV will do the stretching if you enable 480i/p.
- for the optimal standard definition PQ a post suggested using S-Video out from the 8300HD. Is this the best approach for optimizing SD PQ?
I seriously doubt you will need that. Those comments were made back when the 8300 first came out and didn't handle SD very well. Again, no harm checking to see what you think, but I think you will get awfully tired changing TV inputs every time you want to watch something on an SD channel. I used S-Video way back when with a 3250HD, but switched to Component-only with the 8300.
-Time Warner here in NYC told be they will be offering a Cable Card option soon- what are the advantages of that in general and with standard definition? It's my understanding "on demand" service doesn't work with cable cards. Can DVR still be used?
, current cablecards with the TV will not allow use of On-Demand, PPV, etc. However, if you intend to keep using a DVR, you might be able to view a 3rd live program while recording 2 others on the DVR. I assume the TV has separate Inputs for the cablecard/DVR and you'd simply switch between the 2. Depending on how much TV you watch, this may be a useful option to have at a fairly low cost. I'm surprised though that you can't already get a cablecard for the TV.
As I said in my PM (and for the benefit of others), the first post in the Tips thread you mentioned is maintained current. Even though the thread was started way back in 2004, it was last updated on 12-19-2007. Updates have slowed because nothing new has happened lately and probably won't until cableco's start implementing tru2way later this year. When that happens though, you will probably be converted to TWCs Navigator IPG and none of this will mean anything then.