Thanks for the replies. The old pioneer when using hdmi, will pass only 1080i, the marantz on screen is 480, and passed only thru the hdmi.
New tv on the horizon, this pioneer hdmi 730 projection monitor, 64 inch screen, has provided outstanding performance, but mfg in 2003. However I just notice, I'm using a new Samsung 24 inch tv for the marantz av setup, switch to a cartoon channel on both tv's, amazing the pioneer pic is just as good. "The very nice marantz av 7701", first impression is yes, replaced an old classe ssp 300, but with the av7701, my paradigm s8 speakers have come a live, the whole sound, sound stage is so much better. Again thanks, joreid