Originally Posted by bambam1901
Hey guys. Long time reader, first time poster. Just wanted to thank you all for your input. I've been researching HDTV's for over a year now and have finally decided on the HP md6580n over the 60" Sony SXRD, mainly for its 1080p inputs, bigger screen size & better design. I have 2 questions for those who are lucky enough to already have one of these babies in their possession. First, I just purchased an OPPO upconverting DVD player w/ DVI out. Will there be any loss of PQ due to using a DVI-HDMI converter rather than a direct HDMI input that other players support? Second, I will be getting an HD digital cable box w/ HD-DVR. In my neck of the woods (Tampa, FL), the local cable company does not support HDMI & recommended using component for cable. Will there be noticable, if any, loss in PQ and possible audio problems with component rather than HDMI? Thanks for all the help & input.
I think you made the right choice on sets. If you wanted the SXRD, I would have recommended waiting until fall, 2006 when they will probably enable 1080p on their HDMI input.
I would not expect any PQ differences running the HDMI into a DVI converted as the information remains in the digital domain. WHat brand converter are you going to use or is it just built into the cable?
I'm sure you WILL see some softening of the picture from component vs. HDMI. Most of the reviews I have read in magazines generally report that with most sets. Considering the DLPs are pixel-addressable devices unlike a CRT-based set, only a digital signal is going to give the best resolution. Information is always lost when you go Digital to Analog and back to Digital. HOWEVER-- you need to consider the source as to if its really worth agonizing over. Most cable companies and the satellite companies highly compress their signals. Especially-- standard definition channels. They look like crap on these high grade sets-- most of my Comcast "digital" SD channels have terrible PQ-- looking at times almost out of focus. Recently they have begun compressing HD signals as well. With all this compression going on-- you're not going to get a high grade image anyway from those sources. So don't sweat the component lines on the cable box.
If you want top notch picture on a 65" set, you'll get it from the following:
1. Blu-Ray-- when its released (probably 1080P but you never know with Sony)
2. OTA antennae to grab you local TV stations in HD. Typically the OTA stuff is NOT-compressed since there isn't a bandwidth problem with broadcast.
3. Verizon FIOS TV service-- limited release right now-- but the fiber to the home has tremendous bandwidth and the word is that the HD signals are the best they can be.
4. HDMI-enabled DVD player so that the signal stays in the digital domain. (BTW-- I use a Pioneer Elite 59avi player which I bought at a steep discount on the Web because it can output the raw digital DVD signal-- 480i over its HDMI output for input into an external video procesor such as the one below.)
At lot of folks who have the cash are also picking up a video processor that can significantly improve SD signals (and some on HD signals). Most of us are waiting for Calibre's Vantage-HD due out next month. There are a number of threads on this on the Video Processor subforum on avsforum. There is a group buy going on through AVS. Not to sound like a salesperson-but the video processor which outputs 1080P (AND only the HPs can accept 1080P over their HDMI input) will do scaling, delinterlacing and noise reduction. We're all waiting to see what the reviewers have to say about it. Here's the link to the product page and detailed brochure:http://www.calibreuk.com/home_theater.php