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Do Home Theater receivers upconvert?

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I'm looking to possibly get a new 50" Panasonic Plasma for my living room area. Since everything is pretty much going in the HDMI direction, I have noticed that manufacturers are (understandably) slowly phasing out older composite video connections on these TVs.

Last year's Panasonic Plasma's had totally separate component and composite inputs. I had wanted to get one of these, but didn't jump on one. I see that the 2012 line of Panasonic Plasmas pretty much now combine the two into one available input on the TV. I think Samsung has pretty much done the same thing as well. Actually, I have even seen some Samsung Plasmas that don't have ANY kind of composite video connection (HDMI & component only). LG seems to still be totally separating them for now, but I'm sure its just a matter of time before they follow suit. I'm still more interested in the Panasonic Plasmas though & would like the option to possibly hook up some older equipment if needed.

That being said, I had a the idea that I could possibly use a newer home theater receiver to help solve this issue if needed. I see that most newer home theater receivers have numerous HDMI, composite and component connections. If I hook up an older composite piece of hardware (like a VCR), do these home theater receivers then upconvert the analog signal to be displayed through its HDMI digital output (that would then be connected to a HDTV's HDMI input). Or is it not this simple or easy?
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Originally Posted by buscuitboy View Post

If I hook up an older composite piece of hardware (like a VCR), do these home theater receivers then upconvert the analog signal to be displayed through its HDMI digital output (that would then be connected to a HDTV's HDMI input). Or is it not this simple or easy?

It is very simple and very easy IF the receiver includes a dedicated video processor that properly de-interlaces and scales analog (component, composite, s-video, ect.) to digital 1080p (HDMI). Among 2012 models the most ubiquitous are the Qdeo and HQV processors but they are usually only included in mid-range receivers and above. I would strongly advise reading reviews and/or downloading the user manual for receivers you may be considering and verify that they are wired to covert all input sources and implement the processing correctly.

Alternatively you can use a dedicated stand alone video processor (which is the topic of this sub-forum.) At the lowest end you can look at units for a few hundred dollars (example: DVDO Edge) and top-of-the-line units for several thousand.
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OK, I was looking at some Home Theater receivers at Crutchfield.com, but simple ones that are more in the $200-300 range so I'm thinking they probably don't have a "dedicated video processor" since they are the least expensive of the batch. Will have to maybe call Crutchfield and/or look at their manuals.
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