Originally Posted by greg0320
OK..this is starting to get more than just a little confusing.
While Denon and everyone else promotes the HDMI and up-conversion capabalities of the 2807, I am starting to wonder what that all means.
There is currently no 1080p source, so it's abilities to handle that are useless at this time.
Not true. Home computers have been outputting 1080p for a long time. I have mine being switched through my 2807.
It's my understanding also that it really does nothing to up-convert even 480i to 480p or any quality better. You get what you get from source input and the only benefit of the 2807 is being able to pass it on via HDMI cable to video/audio source.
You're right in that you upconverting 480i to 480p (or any other resolution) won't magically improve the quality of the picture. It's purely a convenience feature as many HDTVs don't accept 480i over HDMI.
Maybe I am misunderstanding capabilities (it is very confusing for a newbie like myself). However, if the only benefit is to pass on signel/quality received via HDMI to TV, not really sure what one is gaining here (i.e., have cable hooked up to HDMI on TV today, as well as DVD player).
Again it depends on your individual preferences and circumstances. I have the 2807 switching all my audio and video sources (currently 5 in total), for two principle reasons. (i) I like all the audio to go through the receiver. I don't use the TV speakers for anything. (ii) There's not enough space on the TV stand for all the components, so they're in a rack of to the side. Running 1 HDMI cable to the TV is a lot easier than running all the video cables separately.
What am I missing here? Should I be looking at another AV receiver for improvement in the quality of video, or looking at upgrading various components? By the way, TV is supposedly 1080P capable, though I am not sure what that really means anymore.
What model is the TV? There are a few on the market now that have a native resolution of 1080p, but whether or not you can actually feed it a 1080p source is another matter. The HP MD5880 that I have will accept 1080p over HDMI, for example, but whether there will be anything other than my PC that can produce a 1080p that the TV can handle remains to be seen.