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this is probably a dumb question, but I need a receiver with 3 outputs, (2 TVs and 1 projector).


I'm guessing that any with 3 HDMI outputs will be way out of my price range, since the Denon 4308 is at the peak of my price range, and only has 2 HDMI output.


But I read that it also has 3 Component output.


So basically, I can hook up the projector via HDMI, 1 TV via HDMI and the other TV via component and that makes 3 right?


and wondering if all 3 can be displayed at once? with the same receiver?


example, football game on, and all 3 TV/projector display it.

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You may need to scour the manual, or ask the Manufacturer. Sometimes there are restrictions on simultaneous output. Usually though, component is always on. I have never had a receiver with more than one component output, so I have no experience in that area.


There are also some component and HDMI splitter boxes which could possibly be helpful to you.
 

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Thanks Mike,


So with these splitter boxes, I can have a receiver with only 1 output and hook that up to the splitter, and then have the 3 TV/projector hooked up to the splitter and would it display all 3 at the same time or does it only allow you to switch from viewing from 1 TV to next, etc?
 

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I believe you can watch them all at the same time. Splitter may be a poor choice of words.


I think you would want to google for 'Component Video Distribution Amplifier'. For best results, you need an active amplifier circuit. A splitter would cause a substantial drop in signal level.


For example, google 'CE-AV400C'


If you want to simultaneously output two HDMI signals, because your AVR cannot do that, there are options for that too.


The only downside of using all component video, is if you want to hookup a video source like a Blu-ray player via HDMI. Receivers can't usually downconvert HDMI to component video, I believe due to copy protection issues.
 

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I believe you can watch them all at the same time. Splitter may be a poor choice of words.


I think you would want to google for 'Component Video Distribution Amplifier'. For best results, you need an active amplifier circuit. A splitter would cause a substantial drop in signal level.


For example, google 'CE-AV400C'


If you want to simultaneously output two HDMI signals, because your AVR cannot do that, there are options for that too.


The only downside of using all component video, is if you want to hookup a video source like a Blu-ray player via HDMI. Receivers can't usually downconvert HDMI to component video, I believe due to copy protection issues.

Thanks for the info. I'll google that and check it out.

I didn't realize that Receivers could not down convert HDMI to component.


if that is the case, maybe I'm better off getting the Denon 3808 instead and getting a Video Distribution amp along with it. hmmmm.
 

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Receivers can't usually downconvert HDMI to component video, I believe due to copy protection issues.

Absolutely right; they can't touch the digital down to analog where someone can grab it.


The AVR-4308CI does output the 2 HDMI outputs in parallel; these outputs are retroactive to the lowest resolution of the hooked up displays. But its not matrixed so it would not help you.


The most affordable solution for your video (as long as you're ok with doing component only) would most likely be a 6x4 component video matrix switch. Any source to any display at any time.
 

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Thanks Matt,


unless there is a downgrade in picture quality from going from HDMI to component, than I won't have an issue.


Actually, as I'm thinking about this, while typing, perhaps I can hook up the HD tv cable box for tv watching via component video matrix switch to all 3 displays, and any blueray or gaming will strictly be HDMI. I don't think I will need those displayed on all 3 tv/projector at once anyway...


I think this sounds like the way to go. thanks again Matt, Mike for your help.

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They do offer HDMI matrix switchers but get some oxygen and make sure your sitting down before you look at pricing. If all of your displays are 1080P with HDMI inputs it may be worth looking into.
 

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Receivers can't usually downconvert HDMI to component video, I believe due to copy protection issues.


I just want to clarify something.

with the above statement, does that mean, if I hookup my HD cable box, to the receiver, via Component, and then hook up my receiver to the TV/Projector via HDMI, it will not display, b/c the cablebox is hooked up to the receiver via component and reciever to TV is via HDMI?


Reason I ask is my HD cable box does not have HDMI, only component or DVI.


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No, no. The opposite, in fact. Component can be upconverted to HDMI, in fact that's how I used to have my system setup.


What's apparently not allowed, is for an HDCP device to be able to output a full resolution analog signal (verbage from wikipeda.) I take this to mean, the receiver could transmit a lower resolution over analog, but I don't know the exact wording in whatever document the manufactures are signing.


The idea being to prevent the ability to circumvent copy protection. If a receiver could downconvert HDMI to equal resolution analog, the signal could be recorded. I am thinkingthat converting to lower resolution analog IS allowed though.
 

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10-4. Make sense. Thank you for the clarification. I was worried there for second
 
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