Originally Posted by jautor
This was mandated by the Blu-Ray Association last year. If you pick up an "older model" BD player, it would likely have component video output at 720p/1080i.
Ahh okay that makes sense. I have an older PS3 so that would explain why I recall being able to play blu-ray with the component output.
Correct. 3D only on HDMI, but again, the common denominator issue is going to play heavily when it comes to 3D support.
Yeah it looks like if I want 3D I'm going to have to go through a lot of hassle.
What I do is run a component video matrix for all the 'house' sources, so I get 1080i, 5.1 digital and 2-channel analog audio. Which is more than adequate for all set-top boxes (sat/cable), DVD and BD for non-critical areas. In the critical viewing locations (family room and theater), I just added local BD players directly connected with HDMI. For streamers and other digital sources, they're usually cheaper to just duplicate than to spend $$$ on HDMI matrix solutions. Meaning, spending $500 to share a $99 source isn't exactly the right path...
That definitely makes sense and is probably the most cost effective route. Since I live in a studio apartment, all of my "zones" are close to each other.
One thing I'm wondering is with devices that have both hdmi and component output, is it possible to have both plugged in for alternate use? For example, with the PS3 or Xbox 360, if I do component output>component matrix>720P Plasma AND also do hdmi>receiver>3D Projector, will it work? I doubt I would be able to use them both at the same time but can I take turn using the outputs? I'm guessing I would have to turn of auto activation on the matrix and receiver. The reason I'm asking is cause I want to game on my 720P plasma and be able to game on the projector with 3D on. Which requires hdmi. I would check but I'm not home right now. Of course I could always plug and unplug them when it comes down to it
BTW, is there any difference in quality with component 720P/1080i or HDMI 720P/1080i on my 720P displays? I know component is capable of 1080i which is the highest res for cable broadcasts. But my cable installer said I would get a better picture if I used the hdmi cable instead. I couldn't really tell the difference.
Toslink will carry 5.1 DD and DTS audio. It won't carry the "advanced audio codecs", used for best performance on BD media (or ripped server copies thereof), which includes DTS-MA and DD+. For cable/sat/Internet streaming currently, toslink will cover you 100%.
Gotcha. So toslink should be adequate for everything except for blu-ray. I don't really know what the advanced codecs you mentioned are but do they make a big difference in sound quality? I'm going to run budget 5.1 speakers (Energy Take Classic), will the advance codecs matter or will my speakers be the limiting factor?
Thanks so much for the great help!