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Old 12-17-2008, 06:56 AM   #1
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I have a 57 inch Toshiba 57HX81 HD set. I subscribe to my local cable HD (via fiber to my home) and the HD performance is, to my eye, great. I plan to buy a Blue Ray DVD player in the next week or so but before I do I need to find out the following. Since my Toshiba TV came out a year of so before the move to including HDMI, the only HD inputs are two "Color Stream" component video inputs. I use one of these for the HD from my HD cable box. I understand that since there is no HDMI input to my Toshiba TV I can not display 1080p from a Blue Ray player. Can I at least depend on getting and displaying 1080i from the component video output of any Blue Ray player I buy? If so, is the quality of the 1080i output the same regardless of the player? If the component video 1080i output quality is not the same across various players, what are my best choices of Blue Ray players (inexpensive is good).
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I have not seen any comparisons of Blu-ray performance over component connections that indicates a wide variance in picture quality. I believe you can choose a player based on features and overall performance and be safe. Player profile and audio handling are the two key issues you need to address. You do need to make sure you consider the differences in audio handling depending on your audio equipment. Some decode, some output bitstream digital audio for decoding by an attached HDMI 1.3a receiver and some decode and output analog 5.1 or 7.1 audio. Get that aspect of Blu-ray playback handled properly considering your audio setup and you should be good to go.

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Chris,
Thanks for your quick response.
I take it from your answer that the component video output from any Blue Ray player is 1080i?
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Chris,
Thanks for your quick response.
I take it from your answer that the component video output from any Blue Ray player is 1080i?
All Blu-ray players can output 1080i over component. There is a software controlled feature, called ICT, Image Constraint Token, that can be used to restrict component video output to 480p but it hasn't been used yet and I don't personally believe it will be used during the life of your display and possibly never. The concern was the analog hole, there is no copy protection over analog component. It was a big point of discussion before Blu-ray launched but mostly forgotten now, there are too many HD displays in service with only component input.

Component video is capable of 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p and at least a couple of others I don't use.

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I might add that most displays cannot go higher than 1080i on their component inputs though.
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Thanks again. I really appreciate your thorough, quick respones. You have been very helpful to me. This forum is the best of all the High Def forums and blogs that I have visited. Congratulations on a great, professional site.
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Thanks again. I really appreciate your thorough, quick respones. You have been very helpful to me. This forum is the best of all the High Def forums and blogs that I have visited. Congratulations on a great, professional site.
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