Originally Posted by randman
Ideally, I'd let my TiVo Premier XL4 output native resolution, but it takes my Anthem D2 to "resynch" whenever the output resolution changes. The Anthem D2 loses the picture for more than long enough to be annoying. It's painful when channel surfing between channels tha that've. 480i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p (TiVo can output 1080p native for Internet sources, another irritation I have with the D2 since it doesn't work with the TiVo when using HDMI). So, I configured my TiVo to output a fixed resolution, and any hypothetical decrease in quality by having the TiVo do this is way more than compensated for by getting rid of the annoying resynch when switching between different resolutions. But kind of defeats a main benefit of the D2. Aside: my latest generation TiVo still has HDMI handshaking problems with my D2 (latest non-beta firmware from a while back). However, I have 2 other TiVo's in other rooms connected directly via HDMI to plasma TVs outputting native resolution and those TVs have no HDMI handshaking and long resynch problems.
How does theD2v compared to the D2 when switching output resolutions? Does TiVo work via HDMI with the D2v? Although now that Anthem no longer provides upgrades from D2 to D2v, the point is moot.
There is nothing to be gained by using the Anthem to process the video signal from a OTA TV station or a cable system.
Their signals are so poor to start with and are a highly compressed signal at either at 480i, 720p or 1080i. Nothing more is currently available.
You can eliminate your problems by having your Tivo or whatever set top box you have set to always output 1080i to the Anthem.
Then have the Anthem set to also send out the 1080i to your TV set on that selected HDMI output port you have for TV ( Not. DVD or Blu Ray)
If your TV is 1080p it will internally process the 1080i signal to 1080p without any delay .
This should make TV channel changing a smooth invisible process.
Mind you now, I am only recommending this for OTA TV or Cable not DVD or BluRay.
Test it. Check the video quality. You will not see a difference in the OTA TV or cable video picture quality.