OK, it seems like whenever I change a video component I get amnesia and forget everything I ever knew about video resolutions, especially related to my IN72. And now I've added three new pieces to my HT setup: Pioneer VSX-1121-K AV receiver, Dynex DX-WBRDVD1 Blu-Ray player, and a new video card for my HTPC (ATI HD 6450), all capable of slinging HD content at my creaky old 480p PJ (which I love, and which is running well after 4200 hours).
It seems like a few years ago people thought that the IN72 did a better job of downconverting than most DVD players, so that one should just send whatever resolution the player and source material were at and let the IN72 deal with it ... and it seems like maybe that's changed now. Do I have that right? Should I set my Blu-Ray player to send 480p - through the AVR - to the IN72 and let the IN72 handle it natively?
Are there any other settings I should be thinking about to make things run smoothly/brightly/crisply?
I mostly watch SD DVD's but have started getting Blu-Rays occasionally, plus a fair amount of recorded or downloaded content watched through my HTPC. Live cable TV is by far the least important to me in terms of PQ.
Side question - I just realized that my firmware is old (2.7 I think). Is it vital to upgrade it to 3.0? I don't have the cable, and I'm not aware of any problems that could be FW-related, so I'd rather not bother if I can help it, but if a FW update would, say, make the fan quieter, I'd probably go for it.
Thanks for any assistance...