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simultaneously plug component and HDMI on Jasper 360 elite?

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I did the trick that people were using to get an optical adapter for 5.1 audio by removing the casing on a 360 component cable.

So right now, I have HDMI and the optical cable connecting the 360 to the receiver.

What I was wondering is if it's possible to hook up the component cables end to the TV at the same time as hooking the HDMI cable. that way, for 90% of my games, I'd use the HDMI output, but for timing sensitive games (Lips, GH, RB, etc.), I'd use the component cable.

I figure that when the TV is on the component input, it wouldn't matter if the HDMI was connected. And if the TV is on the HDMI input, it wouldn't matter if the component is connected.

If I must disconnect, it's easy enough for me to disconnect the HDMI cable at the 360 end when I want to use the component cable. But disconnecting the component cable is a much more arduous task since I can't disconnect it at the 360 end (since I need the optical out). And to disconnect it from the TV requires some work (it's a 65" DLP inside a custom-sized entertainment center).

Normally, I would test this out myself and see what happens. But my AV setup is not so easy that I can just turn the TV and 360 around. I'd have to go crawling into a tight space and funnel wires. So that's why I'm curious if anyone knows before I try out all this crazy stuff.
post #2 of 6
Do you know that your TV actually runs at lower lag on component? Most of the time, component and HDMI are about the same for lag, with VGA being the possibly quicker input.
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okay, was too anxious to wait for answers so I went ahead and tested it out.

let's start with a little background. it's all anecdotal. I was playing Lips at my friend's place and I was singing much better than I normally sing. I've always had timing issues with Lips on my system. Nothing I could do would fix the timing problem. I tried Game Mode of my TV. I took the AV receiver out of the equation (just using TV speakers when doing Lips or Karaoke Revolution). I recalibrated the mics many times (using the automatic sync utility as well as manually syncing it). Wired USB mics helped a little, but I was losing points because of them (since Lips requires you to be able to manipulate the wireless mic's accelerometer to get some added points).

But at my friend's place, I wasn't missing the quick phrasing like on my system. So after trying to figure out how his setup was different, the only difference was his TV and how he was using component. So I went home, hooked it via component instead of HDMI and recalibrated the mics. And my scores went up. I wasn't missing like I used to. It wasn't a huge difference since I suck at singing anyway, but it wasn't frustrating because I knew I missed because my pitch was bad rather than having a lag issue.

previous setup: 1080P, game mode, HDMI, expanded color
current Lips setup: 720P, game mode, component, expanded color

My TV doesn't allow 1080P over component (tried it, screen stayed black).

I remembered in my old Xbox1 days, I had it hooked up via component and had no karaoke problems on that system at all. It was Lips that was driving me crazy.


Anyway, back to the question at hand... I went ahead and hooked up both HDMI and component at the same time. When they're both hooked up, HDMI takes priority, no matter what input my TV is on. I can hear the 360 splash screen but the screen stays dark. If I disconnect the HDMI cable, I can boot with the component cable.

So unfortunately, I can't just switch TV inputs to use one or the other. When I want to use timing games, I have to disconnect the HDMI cable. And I have to switch the 360 to 720P because my TV doesn't allow 1080P component.

As for VGA, there's no point for me to test since my TV will only do 1024x768 over VGA.
post #4 of 6
"As for VGA, there's no point for me to test since my TV will only do 1024x768 over VGA."

Are you certain of this? Have you grabbed a laptop or PC and run some resolution tests? 1024x768 sounds like a manual number, which may or may not reflect reality. If you can get 1366x768 or 1920x1080 VGA running, that is probably your best solution. Even at 1024x768, the 360 allows a 16:9 ratio, and given that the resolution loss would be on the horizontal, which humans aren't particularly sensitive to, it may not even look any worse.
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i didn't test because the instruction manual lists resolutions up to 1024x768 over vga.
post #6 of 6
Again, that may or may not reflect reality. Hook some cables up and find out.
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