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Component vs. "S" video for prog. scan dvd

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My home theater receiver only supports "S" video and composite video, not component video.

If I use the "S" video connection, will I still get the benefit of using a progressive scan DVD player with a HDTV monitor? Or, is it time to upgrade the receiver. :)

I suppose I could also directly connect the DVD to the monitor, but I'm trying to keep things simple for the wife. Using the receiver to control everything is pretty easy.

Thanks in advance,

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I'm fairly sure that S-video is interlaced only, so it looks like you'll have to skip the receiver for progressive. Ultimately, it will keep your signal path cleaner anyway.

Here's an idea, though. Depending on which HDTV you're working with, the internal line doubler may be fairly decent, and since most (all?) DVD players output the signal through all ports simultaneously, you could hook up the DVD player both ways, so your wife can continue to use things the way she's used to, but when you're around you can make sure you're on the component input. I'm sure we all know how women (or people in general, for that matter) don't like to be "out of the loop" and not know how to work things as well, but at least that way she'd be able to use it without having to re-learn the new setup.
You won't get the benefits of progressive scan through the s-video connection, but there's no reason you can't have it both ways.

Hook up S-video through the receiver, AND hook up the component video directly to the HDTV monitor.

The only catch is that if your DVD player cannot output both progressive and interlaced simultaneously, then you'll have to make sure you leave the player's output as interlaced and the monitor to the s-video input when you're not using it.

I did something similar to that in college. I routed composite video through my receiver (all other sources were composite, and I couldn't find a cheap composite to s-video converter) so the roommates could use it easily, and had s-video going directly to the TV when I wanted the best quality.

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