|Originally posted by Charlie_Phogg
I am planning on getting either a Panny 50PX50U or 50PHD7UY. The setup will be a SA-8000HD cable box/DVR into my prepro along with all the other sources, then feeding the monitor with only one set of component cables. I'm a little confused here but am I correct that all of my programming content from the cable box will be stretched to full, even the 4:3 programming because I'm feeding the Panny with component?
I think the PHD7UY has the ability to Zoom content that comes over the Component input where the PX50 does not. You should check into the commercial unit's capabilities here. I also think it's possible on the commercial version to adjust the overscan in a user menu to reduce or eliminate the black bars when watching DVDs.
I have an SA8000HD (with Pioneer Passport software). The SA8000HD only outputs via Component when the DVR is in HD mode. All the other outputs are disabled completely so the only way you can connect this DVR to any TV is via Component only. The problem with this is that the TV will most likely think it's getting an HD signal and not allow you to stretch or zoom the image. The SA8000HD also has a Zoom button that zooms the image of SD on the HD channels. I think there's a linear stretch mode as well but i can't remember for sure.
If your DVR has the SARA software then it may have a 480i passthrough setting that might trick the TV into enabling the stretch/zoom modes. Passport however does not have this capability. Knowing which software it's running will help you find more info on this.
The SA8000HD is the previous generation; you should see if your cable company has the newer and better SA8300HD. On this box all the rear outputs are simultaneously enabled so you can use the TV's Component input when watching actual HD, and send SD programming to the TV via Composite or S-Video which will allow you to use the Panny's Just and Zoom modes. This way, you should be able to watch SD shows on the network HD channels via Composite and stretch or zoom them to get rid of the black bars.
The SA8300HD also has much improved HD and SD picture quality, changes channels faster, has a faster CPU, and is much more stable. I'm trying to watch all the recordings i have trapped on my SA8000HD so i can trade it in for an 8300HD :D