Originally Posted by jrg33
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While I am waiting for the XBR2 to arrive, I am researching AVRs. Do I need an AVR that upscales the signal to 720p/1080I like the new Yamaha RX-V2700 or do I just need a unit that will pass the signal through to the TV and it will do the upconverting/upscaling itself?
The two current hot issues for AVRs are the following:
1. Transcoding: The ability to accept analog signals over composite, s-video or component connections, convert them to digital, and send the result out over HDMI.
2. Ability to switch HDMI 1.3. HDMI 1.3 adds support of automatic synchronisation between video and audio tracks--dubbed 'lip sync support'--and extends the list of supported audio formats to include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless compressed codecs. HDMI 1.2 added support for SACD, and HDMI 1.1 added support for DVD-Audio. Few are the receivers that support HDMI 1.2; none currently support HDMI 1.3.
The XBR2 is very good at upscaling and deinterlacing. It's doubtful any receiver would do better--although really pricey preamps or DSPs might.