Originally Posted by DonB2
"If you got that from the EMAIL response you posted above, you must be an accomplished mind-reader. Let us know if there is any definitive information in the user manual they sent you. "
Why do you say that?
"However the COMPONENT OUT will transmit your HD programming to your television. For high resolution DVD viewing, however, you must use the HDMI cable."
How am I a mind reader from the above statement?
I just don't understand why so many posters on this forum are in a mindset that these ATSC recorders will not display HD programming on their TV's in the Tuner mode.
I do not see any evidence on this forum saying they won't pass HD.
Maybe there is something on the Panasonic site. I have not yet got there.
But please all you posters who are positive that these ATSC DVD recorders can't display HD point me to the POST or the URL that specifically says they can't.
And yes, I will read through the manual and see what it says about the RC 797T.
I have one of these recorders - the LG DR787T. I don't have HDMI input on my projector, but I know for a fact that it will only output 480i/p over component.
No one on here is saying that the recorder will not pass the HD program to the TV or monitor, what people are saying is that it will not be the full resolution HD signal - either 720p or 1080i. The recorder downcoverts everything to 480i/p.
From someone else experience with the same model, it appears that what the HDMI output does is upconvert the already downgraded signal back to 720p or 1080i. This way even though your TV will recognize the signal as one of the high resolution formats, the original signal is already processed twice, and thus sufficiently degraded.
The conclusion of this process is based on the comparrison between the picture performence of the recorder's tuner, and that of the built in tuner of the TV, which is a true HDTV tuner.
The other indicator that these recorders do not output HDTV in their original format is the lack of DD5.1 audio output.
The manuals of these recorders are very vague in there specifications and outright avoid to give a sure answer one way or the other. To me this means that they are indeed downgrading the signal.
Any manufacturer would be proud of a superior product and would not hasitate to make it very obvious if a true HD reproduction was possible.
As it is now, many of these new products seem eager to purposfully deceive the buyers, if you don't pay close attention you may not even notice that some of them don't have ANY tuner at all, but still sell for a price higher than last year models.