Originally Posted by videobruce
1. HDMI is over rated. It's purpose was/is DRM with the over promoted benifit of a single cable for audio and video but
2. AFAIC, audio should go to the amp, video to the TV. Why introduce another piece of equipment into the video chain. Besides, you then loose the ability to have separate video settings on each of the TV inputs (if the TV supports this, as most do).
3. In some cases, component looks better as it will hide problem of low color bit rates and the 'false contouring' problem many sets have. I had to do this with both of my HDMI devices. The video looked better with component. It 'hid' most of the false contouring artifacts (banding if you perfer).
Your theory is perfectly sound of course. However, my reasoning is as follows, but before I start I must say that I could do it as you suggest.
Well here is what I am dealing with:Components:
1) Sharp LCD TV (Lots and lots of inputs)
2) Onkyo SR-875 (Even more inputs)
3) DviCO Media Player (HDMI Out)
4) PHD-205 - Component Video out
5) DVD - HDMI
6) Computer Stuff - XVGAController/Remote/RF:
1) Remote 1 (repeat) 1 Universal Remote Control MX-810
2) MRF-850 Whole House Remote Receiver
Ok, all units have a unique IR transmitter focussed on their IR Receivers, I DO NOT use their standard remotes, they are all tucked away in a drawer for emergencies only, and I really do not need them.
The MX-810 controls all units from anywhere in the house, it is RF, so completely non directional. So the chinsy 205 remote is of no consequence.
The Idea is 1 remote (fondly known around here as "The Com") that controls everything.Examples; I have 4 Icons programmed into it. Basically as follows: I will highlight the Programs at a basic level to give you an idea:
1) Main System Power On
- Turns all all devices - Check to make sure the TV is set to HDMI Input 4 - Sets The AVR to read from the PHD-205 Component Video Input.
This basically turns everything on, and defaults to Cable TV.
2) Media Player
- Sets the AVR to read from HDMI port 1
This is for playing movies, listening to CDs etc.
3) Watch TV
- Sets The AVR to read from the PHD-205 Component Video Input.
This is the same as the last part of the Power on sequence so I can flip between PHD-205 controlled TV and the Media Player.
4) Conventional TV
- Sets the TV to regular TV Mode - Sets the AVR to read audio from Optical input 1
This is so I can bypass all the video components with the exception of the AVR and watch TV as if no other device was install. This is just a failsafe that I only use for comparing video signals and just because I can
So perhaps you get the idea of what I am trying to achieve. This way any component I add, say if I go absolutely mad and subscribe to Satalite TV or get an FTA Receiver.
All your Comments and ideas will be REALLY appreciated.