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Front projector - connections

robbo
01-27-2005, 07:50 AM
I am thinking about entering the front projector market. I am also in the process of completing my basement (drywall) and want to run cables (30ft run) in anticipation of purchasing the front projector (leaning towards Panasonic AU700).

My Denon 485 receiver (which I just picked up at Costco & can return) has component outs while the Panny has the option of HDMI in. I've read that HDMI does not necessarily produce better picture quality. Question should I just run component cables or return the recevier and look for another with HDMI out? Are there any "lower" end receivers that even have HDMI outs?

Finally, I've read many suggestions for US cable vendors - anyone have and Canadian vendors?

Thanks for any help

borromini
01-28-2005, 01:18 AM
There's been no definitive answer as to whether HDMI or DVI connection always performs better than component. Many have had varied results. For the most part and in theory, using a digital connection should give you a better picture. The data on a DVD disc or from an HDTV receiver is digital. If you use component video cables, the signal will go through a D/A conversion and possibly introduce resulting artifacts that you may not get when using an HDMI or DVI connection. I use DVI and in my case it works better than component. However, if you are thinking of getting an A/V receiver that has HDMI, keep in mind it's useless unless your DVD player and HD receiver also have HDMI or DVI connections. Last I checked, there aren't really any choices for a low-cost A/V receiver that has digital video inputs and outputs. It's a tough choice you need to make because with PJs, a 100" image can truly show benefits when using HDMI or DVI. It may be more effective to just get an upconverting DVD player with HDMI/DVI and an HD receiver with HDMI/DVI and just use your A/V receiver to handle the audio. You can always test it and return the player/HD receiver if you don't see any difference between HDMI and component. Good luck.

mixerrob
02-05-2005, 07:23 AM
I got lucky(an opened box buy from Circuit City for $329 manual ,cable bags still sealed & plastic removable film not yet peeled off front panel display) & bought an LG LST-3510 A DVD/player intergrated tuner & the direct digital DVI connection looks GREAT , just for "peace of mind " I would go the less converted route as well even though before I invested in the DVI cable, the component connection looked pretty good as :cool: well .

mshulman
02-05-2005, 12:31 PM
I'd recommend running cables for all the types of connectors you may use - it'll be much easier now than later.

I just mounted my projector to my ceiling and need to run cables through the wall still, but am planning on running 2 sets of component cables and a plain yellow rca. This will support all my needs for time time being - I didn't run HDMI/DVI since I didn't have room for yet another port and not all my stuff uses it yet.

robbo
02-06-2005, 07:35 AM
I'd recommend running cables for all the types of connectors you may use - it'll be much easier now than later.

I just mounted my projector to my ceiling and need to run cables through the wall still, but am planning on running 2 sets of component cables and a plain yellow rca. This will support all my needs for time time being - I didn't run HDMI/DVI since I didn't have room for yet another port and not all my stuff uses it yet.

I agree - this is what I ended up doing. My installer and I ran high quality component, S-video and composite as well as some cat-5 cables. I do did not run HDMI/DVI as my equipment does not have HDMI outputs and the cables for the length of run I required (48 feet) are prohibitively expensive and most comments I have read suggest that over such a length, their quality may suffer

Theaterman
02-18-2005, 01:32 PM
You should seriously consider running 2" ENT conduit (SMURF tube) to accomodate future standards, whatever they may be.

Steve