Originally Posted by gwsat
Michael -- I infer that you use HDMI with your TiVo. If so, I am sure that you have a legitimate reason for doing so. Nevertheless, I decided not long ago to shift from HDMI to component video and optical audio. It has been perfect for me because the TiVo is capable of only 1080i video resolution, which component handles well, and "lossy" 5.1, which optical takes care of equally well. The best part, of course, is that the TiVo no longer "forgets" that its Video is set for Native, not 1080i Fixed. Do you think that I am missing something by not using HDMI with my TiVo?
No, I think you are great with no HDMI. I prefer HDMI though for a few reasons I can immediately identify -
1) There was some minor differences between component and HDMI. I froze a screen and switch back and forth to verify this. I emphasize "minor"
2) HDMI is one connector vs 4 for optical/component (Ok, adding another box and cable offsets this somewhat, lol)
3) It's slightly illogical, but I don't like the idea of forcing an analog conversion just to convert the video back to HDMI; While I know the quality is 98% as good, it's the principle of the thing; I make no defense for my illogical behavior
4) I have seen resolution switching glitches with component I have never had with HDMI; I forget the exact situation
5) HDMI adds more room for lip sync issues in my experience and I like chinese martial arts movies
6) If this works, I will never be tempted to "fix" the problem again freeing up time for other amusements.
I will admit I ordered this box out of a sense of order. I like things to work like they are supposed to work. It's kind of sickness. A bit OC at maybe? Plus I like playtoys. The whole idea of playing around with this, and seeing my system work how I envision it is making me happy
(At the expense of another box I am afraid - I am hoping if it works, I can wire everything neatly by taping the box to a shelf somewhere.)