I've been reading through the HD posts and now I'm confused as ever so I thought I ask specific questions I have regarding my specific set up
I have a Panasonic AE900U Projector (only 720P but will be upgrading to the panasonic that does 1080P - 2200U) The projector is connected via VGA from my computer to the projector.
I use SPDIF output from my computer to my Denon reciever
I am going to buy a combo hd/bluray drive
I use AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD to rip movies onto my hard drive and then I use My Movies as the interface to store and play them.
I use TheaterTek for standard def and I guess my only option for HD playpack is Cyberlink Power DVD ultra
Ok now for my questions:
1) Since I'm connecting using VGA does HDCP apply in my situation? Since I'm ripping the movies onto my computer via Anydvd hd doesn't it remove that crap anyway? Also I've heard HDCP doesn't apply to VGA
If I want to just stick a high def disk in my player will it play?
2) Will VGA give me true 1080P once I have the hardware and projector to support it?
3) Is there any downsides to using VGA? Will I get as good a picture as say using HDMI would?
4) My motherboard (Intel D975XBX) has built in SPDIF port and I use Intel Audio Studio to manage my sound (It also says audio hardware by SigmaTel). This has always confused me. Does this Intel Audio Studio do any kind of processing of the sound or does it just pass through the audio to my reciever. The choice I use for my theater is Dolby Digital Live for the Digital Output Format.
Is there a better choice for handling audio (like buying a soundcard) I still wand to us SPDIF as that is all my system is set up to do. Should you let your computer handle the processing of the audio or is it better to let your reciever do it?
Anyone know if the Panasonic Projectors are HDCP compliant? Also if my monitor is not HDCP compliant but my projector is is the software smart enough to know that i have both displays hooked up? I have a ATI Radeon X1600 Pro graphic card with a vga and dvi outputs.
5) Is there any other software out besides Power DVD? Seems a lot of people don't like it
6) Why can't it be as simple as buying and HD/Bluray Drive, popping in a movie and having it play
Thanks for any help you can give me.