Originally Posted by Kensmith48
The HDMI connection is not going to happen since the Pioneer 710 rptv and the Denon 3800 dvd player don't have it. The Pioneer was ISF calibrated by David Abrams approx. 4-5 yrs. ago but it still has a very good picture. I only use the set for dvd's (90%) and tv viewing (5-10%).
Thanks for the suggestions. I see there is alot of tweaking to do from the video section of the manual. Hope I can get something worked out for a better picture. The wife is trying to justify the cost.
I'm asking from memory of the manual, but when it says component can be converted to hdmi, what exactly does this mean and how is it done?
The Anthem will take Component video input at up to 1080p/30 (1080i/60), do all the various sorts of video processing it offers, and output that on the HDMI output at up to 1080p/60. The display needs to be HDCP (copy protection) compliant, which should be a given with any HDMI display, but may not be the case if the display has only a DVI input.
The restriction to 480p output for Component video input that happens to be Macrovision protected, only applies if the Anthem's Component outputs are used. If the HDMI output is used the Anthem will scale such Macrovision protected input up to 1080p/60.
The Anthem can also "pass through" Component 1080p/60 to the Component outputs (but ONLY to the Component outputs) as an unprocessed video signal (merely switched from the selected input to the outputs).
Typically you would set SD Component video sources to send 480i to the Anthem. HD Component video sources should send 720p or 1080i/60 to the Anthem (according to the resolution present in the source content), unless the TV is capable of accepting a 1080p/24 video signal and displaying it at a refresh rate which is a multiple of 24 -- in which case sending Component 1080p/24 to the Anthem is also useful. 1080p/24 is less than 1080p/30, so a Component 1080p/24 signal can be processed to HDMI output.
See section 2.1 of the Manual.
The key factor in video quality is confirming that your TV is properly set to display the test patterns generated internally in the Anthem. Depending upon how your TV was originally set up, this may just work without change. However if the TV's input settings were set to specifically match your source devices at the time (which is one of the two approaches to video calibration), those settings may not be optimized to receiving video from the Anthem instead.
Doing that, along with the other steps described in that "Video Calibration for non-ISF Techs" post, should result in a very pleasing picture.
If this is the first time you have attempted video calibration on your own, be aware that it is a skill that takes some time to acquire. Also, much of this video processing stuff has to do with how "problem content" gets handled. So for example, if you are not familiar with what de-interlacing failures look like, it may not jump out at you that the Anthem doesn't have any of them, because you not only need to have an eye for when things go wrong, but you also have to be playing content that triggers it.
Over the course of this thread we have had many posters in your situation -- where their early attempts at video setup didn't produce the excellent results they were hoping for. I can only think of a scant few cases where those posters didn't come back a while later and say, "I spent some more time on it, and by golly it now looks fantastic." So take heart. It is worth the effort.