I just found these forums a few days ago and have since been camped out here trying to piece together my first home theatre system. I am stuck on a few points however... I hope someone may be able to help.
I've zeroed in on the Pioneer Elite VSX-81TXV Receiver because to my untrained eye and best effort, it seems ideal. I'm just looking for confirmation that this unit will, in fact, convert component or composite inputs into an HDMI output directly to my TV? or is it merely an HDMI switching unit where no conversion takes place? Also... if this unit DOES convert to HDMI, does the quality in match the quality out? i.e. does 1080i coming in on component cable get converted to HDMI and leave at 1080i as well? Or does it come out at 480i after the conversion? I've seen some receivers that apparently downgrade like that. Any help on that would be fantastic.
I've also heard that this unit is HDMI 1.2. Does that matter?
Another problem I face is that I live in Alaska. Home theatre stores are scarce, and the one reputable place in town has a small selection. I am faced with having to make my choice with 95% probability of not being able to listen and/or see first, which can't be helped. I'm really banking on reviews and experience to help me choose wisely.
Some background on my system for anyone willing to offer some advice to a first-time, new-to-home-theatre enthusiast:
TV will be a 42" Westinghouse 1080p (LVM-42w2) with HDMI-in.
Receiver (yet to be determined, but will be the VSX-81 if I get the right answers)
DVD vs. HD-DVD (undecided)
Speakers will be B&W's, either 602's or 603's for fronts and 600's rear, matching center and sub.
Current peripherals consist of 2 component-out items and 4 composite-out items.
Thanks in advance for any help!