Originally Posted by ticman
does your above post also make sense if you have bluRay and cable box going thru a receiver and then to HDTV??
My suggestion concerns only the behavior of the DVR, and the resolution of the program delivered to either HDTV or in your case (and mine) the receiver. There is no impact or consideration for any other source device you have going through your receiver and then onto your HDTV.
If running the DCX in "fixed 1080i" mode has appeal to you because (a) channel surfing goes much faster, and (b) you can always conveniently manually change from 1080i to 720p and back with a programmed button on your remote if you want to watch a 720p program, then this setup is certainly an alternative to "native".
If channel surfing speed isn't much of an issue with you (e.g. you don't care about the few extra seconds your HDTV takes to change resolutions as you change channels) and you'd just as soon let the DCX deliver the "native" resolution all the time, then stick with "native".
It's really your own preference.
I have my 3400 set on Native and as long as i follow your previous post of order on and order off it works fine.
The issue is not just whether or not the power on/off sequence works for you or not in retaining "native" when a receiver is between the DCX and HDTV. It's also the channel-changing speed when the resolution sent through your receiver to the HDTV causes it to delay a few seconds because it's changing resolutions as you change channels on the DCX.
Certainly having the DCX not change resolutions, by always sending out 1080i, should make channel changing faster since your HDTV will never need to change resolutions. Once you arrive at a 720p channel you want to watch, use the resolution button on your remote to switch to 720p... and you're done. Best resolution for viewing 720p or 1080i at your finger tips, and quickest possible channel changing... and you shouldn't have the "lose native" issue no matter what order of power on/off you use.
And what should the 4:3 setting be??
If I had 1080i set I would also have "4:3 override => OFF", because I do NOT want horizontal stretching of 4:3 under any circumstances. I want the black bars on left and right, with 4:3 presented in true OAR.
That's my preference.