Ok thanks for this! Now I have an HDMI question: As I mentioned I had been using component connectors then switched to HDMI. Pic clear enough and possibly a little sharper but I lost all ability to resize the pic's aspect ratio in the Sony 32" LCD set. I push the button to rotate settings and get on screen message saying that's not available with this signal. In component hookup, can rotate the Philips unit thru all the aspect ratio options, it's great! Am really disappointed. Maybe this has been discussed here, see talk about flagged 16:9 recordings etc, don't know the terms. But I think I am going to undo my HDMI hookup and go back to component if that's the only way I can get the gamut of aspect ratios, the distortion is too strong to view them stretched. I tried the Video aspect ratio settings in the Philips, they didn't give the desired result, distortion still strong one way or another. Am I doing something wrong? This is confusing, why would it be engineered this way? Must admit, ability to play back any recording with any aspect ratio is good, with component it works just like a normal channel. It seems that I am recording in 16:9 too.
Other question: Can we use both HDMI and component hookups and switch TV inputs from one to the other? this would allow some HDMI viewing in 720, 1080 modes if the incoming signal aspect ratio is correct.
Well I've answered my own question but for others, it appears you can have both a HDMI connection and component together, and when the aspect ratio is right for HDMI then that input can be used on the TV or AV center. Maybe newer sets than mine correct for this, but I've not had any other input problems except this one in HDMI input for changing aspect ratios. The difference between pic clarity using HDMI vs component seems to be small, but the case can be made that HDMI upconverted to 720 or 1080 is just a little bit clearer.