Originally Posted by JSpectre88
I know I'm a little late to the conversation here, but I'm curious about upscaling as well. Currently I have the box outputting 720p (for appropriate stations)
and then the TV upscaling it to 1080p, as I heard this was the best option. I'm curious to see if the AVR can do a better job, but I'm not even sure what I have to do to accomplish that. It's probably something simple, but I'm just not seeing an option for it. Appreciate any help.
Do you change the settings to output 1080i from your "box" when the station isn't 720p (ABC, Fox, or ESPN)? What happens to 480i SD stations, or do you watch them?
Our Comcast box can be set to either output 1080i or set to output 720p. The only way I can get 480i output is to set the box to output "native" which, depending on the station. would be 480i, 1080i and 720p. Using a native setting will force handshakes every time the box ouputs a different resolution. That will scramble the image for a couple of seconds.
To do what you want, you need a cable box that is capable of outputting the native resolution of all channels. Most, but not all cable boxes, are able to do that. After you change the "box" setting to native and connect it to your AVR, you can have your AVR output 1080p. You can do all of those steps and connect the box back to the TV to test whether the TV or the AVR is doing the best job. Most times the AVR will be best. That would depend on which AVR you have.
I've taken a lazy approach. When I had a 720p display, I had our box output 720p for all channels. Now that we have a 1080p display, I have the box output 1080i. So my AVR acts as a HDMI switch for video, and does none of the conversion. The TV does the deinterlacing from 1080i to 1080p. That's a very simple conversion, or so I've been told.
It helps that the only 720p that I'm likely to watch is Fox for NFL games. Everything else that we watch originates in 1080i, or comes from our OPPO as 1080p.Edited by htwaits - 3/14/13 at 5:03pm