Originally Posted by ezatnova
Would I be better off running my current Xbox 360 (older component-only model) through a 1909 and having it upconvert it to 1080p and then out via HDMI to my TV, rather than getting a newer Xbox 360 and running it HDMI all of the way? I ask because, as far as I understand, most things on the Xbox are 1080i. My thought was, why not have it upconvert to 1080p if possible? I know that HDMI will simply pass-through on the 1909, hence my question of possibly keeping my old component-only unit.
It's up to you, I honestly doubt you would see that much difference either way. Maybe someone else who upgraded from a component 360 to a newer HDMI 360 can chime in.
To confuse things even more, the review on CNET said this about the 3808 model: "Owners of older, pre-HDMI Xbox 360 models should note an important limitation: 1080p component video signals cannot be upconverted over the HDMI output." which has me worried about the 1909.
This is correct, and is noted in my FAQ. 1080p component can not be converted to HDMI output. So, for your component Xbox 360, if you want to hook into the receiver and run one HDMI cable to the TV, you will need to set your Xbox to 720p or 1080i or else it will not convert.
(It is confusing to me why they speak of upconverting 1080p...maybe it's a typo and they meant 1080i).
"Upconverting" means converting a video signal to a "higher level" video type, i.e. composite > s-video, component > HDMI. there doesn't have to be any actual resolution change with upconversion -- in this case, CNet is strictly referring to the act of taking a component video signal and converting it to digital video for HDMI output.
For the time being, I wouldn't worry about switching out for a new Xbox. You basically have three options currently:
Option 1 - Run Xbox straight to TV with component cables, and just run a digital audio cable to the Denon AVR. You can leave Xbox set to 1080p output.
Option 2 - Run Xbox through Denon AVR with component, and run a component cable out from the Denon to the AVR. Again, you can leave Xbox set to 1080p output, but the only difference is the video will run through the receiver.
(With both Option 1 and 2 of course you will have to switch inputs on the TV to play the 360)
Option 3 - Xbox into Denon AVR with component, out to TV over HDMI. You will have to set Xbox to 720p/1080i, but you can leave the TV tuned to the HDMI input for all sources.