Breaking It Down for the Masses
There are reasons why you would want to buy exceptional products in all categories, but we want you to understand the "whys" behind this so you don't make mistakes and think that each component will necessarily help your video to look better. Here are reasons why you'd want to max out expenditures in each area:
- DVD Player: Top of the line DVD
players offer more than just good video quality. They often add
exceptional audio quality as well. For people looking to get the most out
of their DVD-Audio, CD and SACD collections, having a top-quality player
may be the best move you can make. If, however, you want the DVD player to
be responsible for the audio quality of these discs, realize that you will
need to use the analogue outputs of the player - otherwise you are passing
the audio signal digitally to the AV receiver to process into the analogue
audio required for amplification and delivery to your loudspeakers.
- AV Receiver: The flagship AV
receivers and processors possess, among other things, high quality DACs
(digital-to-analogue converters) and amplifiers (for receivers). If you
have a flagship AV processor or receiver, chances are you will have a
convenience product that can handle accurate bass management, route
various AV components to the proper destinations/outputs and even provide
some room EQ.
- Video Processor: Utilizing a good video processor is an eye-opening experience. The differences in video quality are often amazing - especially on poor source material. Another popular use for dedicated video processors is to provide special scaling to enable to use of anamorphic lens systems to display the full resolution of a DVD or HD DVD to be experienced on wide 2.35:1 cinema screens.
- Display: You never want to skimp on the display, but advanced displays will enable you to ensure you have a front projector, flat panel, etc that will display clean detail, deep blacks and vibrant, accurate colors. The display is, for obvious reasons, the most important piece of any video system - and no amount of video processing in the world will make a bad display look good.
Thanks for advice, Clint, but my Sony changers don't output clean 480i via HDMI ... ;-(
With that said, your TV is likely 720p native and merely supports 1080i. As a result, set the AV receiver to output 720p.
I am still a bit confused on processing options. I recently bought a new Integra DTR 8.9 Receiver, and I am looking forward to using its Reon chip with my DVD changers, but was should I set the output to?
My DLP TV is a 720p / 1080i TV, and I usually leave it at 720p.
My Dish outputs 1080i (I tried outputting 720p and it looks worse)
My DVD changers can output anything (480i, 720p, 1080i), but their scaling/processing was rated subpar
I am contemplating having the receiver output of 720p, but I am not sure what I should feed it from the sources if I want to utilize the power of Reon chip.
I am thinking outputting 480i from all sources to have my receiver to do all the work, as recommended in the article, the question is, will this limit the amount of details (data) output from my Dish and DVDs if I limit output to 480i, shouldn't I feed my receiver 1080i and let it do video processing?
I wanted to see what smart people think
I will, of course, tinker with the settings when I set it up and pick the best one and report on it, but I wanted to see what people think.
Also how would I find out what the native resolution is for this TV?