Originally Posted by billatlakegeorge
After skimming most of this thread I think I made the right decision on the D2. I will be hooking up thru HDMI the following:
Tivo Series 3
Scientific Atlantica 8300
To the D2 and on to a Sony KDF60XS955, any tips I need to know will be greatly appreciated. It looks as if Bob and Levesque should be paid for the advice they give here.
As rudolpht mentioned, I also don't recommend using HDMI for your S3, as those of who use(d) this combo will sometimes lose the video, audio and video, or audio only. Video problems will result in a blue screen when changing channels, while video resolutions change between 480i-720p-1080i. The fix for this is to simply power down and restart the Anthem. This would happen to me a few times a week.
With the help of Bob and Drhankz, a couple suggestions were recommended to me when using the S3.
First, use component and toslink. Next, if your display accepts 480i-720p-1080i, set the S3 output to native. Also, be sure to set the S3 to output full screen, and let the Anthem scale to your choice. I use letterbox, as this allows 480i material to be displayed with the black bars on the side, as intended with a widescreen display (to me, no stretching and sharper pic). Your HD programming will still come through full screen.
Using this method, the Anthem scaler is able to use every last pixel from the S3 and scale accordingly, maximizing your picture quality. If you letterbox from the S3, you lose pixels.
If your SA 8300 allows you to make similar adjustments, I recommend you do the same here as well. You may want to use component with the 8300 to avoid the "blue flicker" HDMI may cause when changing between various resolutions (channels).