|Originally posted by JuiceRocket
Sam, guessing by the model number (I don't know much about receivers), yours is at least step above the one I'm looking at. I'm guessing that would mean I would have some signal deterioration as well.
The 1803 is a couple of years old, the 1604 is practically identical on the spec sheet. I'd expect the 1604 to be roughly similar in capability. If possible try to see the switching quality first on your panel if you can, you may be less picky than I am! ;)
|I think I need to take a step back, look at the inputs on my panny again, and see what solutions I can come up with! :)
As was mentioned in another
thread, the 1604 doesn't convert between input types, and you'd want to adjust the Panny input PQ settings per source system anyway.
I think the bottom line from me would be: try to put all high-quality video sources straight to panel (DVD component-to-component-BNC-input, xbox component-to-component-PC-input), just get a RCA-to-VGA component cable from anywhere (e.g. Blue Jean Cable). If the VCR is the only other source, you can put that straight to the panel, too (either composite or S-video). If you have other low-quality sources (cable STB, etc.) you can then run VCR and those through the receiver; even if there's a small noise increase who cares with SD NTSC, it's garbage-in-garbage-out ;)
All audio will just plug straight to the AVR1604: DVD and Xbox through SPDIF/Toslink to optical inputs (there's 3 and they're assignable) , VCR to analog RCAs.
Should work fine, you're not switching any HQ video, and you still have one empty slot in the panel for a future input card (I just got the DVI blade to connect my HD STB, looks great).