I own an AV-9000, and asked my dealer the same question. He assured me that it could pass a 1080i signal through to my TV. He did not tell me the amount of bandwidth it would support. It does offer component video switching.
I have connected my DVD and HD cable box directly to the TV. While the switching is less convenient, it is supposed to provide a better quality picture. I haven't done an A-B comparison to test that theory.
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