Today I decided to hook up my S-video cable to test how 480i performs w/ the HD-A1. To my surprise were two things.
1. By doing this I was able to get 480i via component for both HD-DVD as well
as standard. Normally the player will only output 480p for standard via component and only do 480p/720p/1080i for HD DVD via same output.
2. My other finding was by doing this this activates the DRC in my Sony TV
(KD-30XS955) which was the last modelmade with super fine pitch. The DRC upconverts any 480i signal to 960i nearly HD. Any how I determined that the The Sony actually does a better job with upconverting then the HD-A1.