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Old 09-09-2007, 01:27 PM   #1  
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I am pretty new to this technology, so please bear with me.

I have owned my current TV for about 5 years. The model number is:

Pioneer SD-533HD5

The set still works great and I have had no complaints with it. At the time I bought it, it was considered to be a very good product. It was supposedly "HD-Ready", but I am not sure that means the same thing in 2007 that it did in 2002.

My DVD player recently died, so I decided to look into an HD-DVD player, however, I discovered that they seem to require an HDMI connector to receive the full benefits of the technology.

Well, my set does not have an HDMI connector. I am not sure that this even existed when I bought it.

What is does have are the following:

3 S-Video input jacks
2 Component Video Input
Mini D-Sub 15 pin - I guess they call this an "RGB" jack

I guess I have two or three questions:

1) Can I connect an HD-DVD player to my set using any of my available connectors? If so, which is best?

2) Even if I can connect, will the the picture be upgraded significantly?

3) Am I fooling myself and should admit that my set is obsolete and needs to be upgraded if I really want to experience HD?

I appreciate any comments or suggestions.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:52 PM   #2  
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You can still connect the player via component video and get a great HD DVD picture (close to or as good as HDMI) via 1080i. You just won't be able to upconvert SD DVD's via component due to restrictions. But SD DVD's will still look good anyway.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:58 PM   #3  
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I am pretty new to this technology, so please bear with me.

I have owned my current TV for about 5 years. The model number is:

Pioneer SD-533HD5

The set still works great and I have had no complaints with it. At the time I bought it, it was considered to be a very good product. It was supposedly "HD-Ready", but I am not sure that means the same thing in 2007 that it did in 2002.

My DVD player recently died, so I decided to look into an HD-DVD player, however, I discovered that they seem to require an HDMI connector to receive the full benefits of the technology.

Well, my set does not have an HDMI connector. I am not sure that this even existed when I bought it.

What is does have are the following:

3 S-Video input jacks
2 Component Video Input
Mini D-Sub 15 pin - I guess they call this an "RGB" jack

I guess I have two or three questions:

1) Can I connect an HD-DVD player to my set using any of my available connectors? If so, which is best?

2) Even if I can connect, will the the picture be upgraded significantly?

3) Am I fooling myself and should admit that my set is obsolete and needs to be upgraded if I really want to experience HD?

I appreciate any comments or suggestions.
Check to see if you have a DVI-I or DVI-D input on your TV. But like the other person said component will be just fine and your HD-Ready TV is like my Sony projection that I have had for over 3 years now, it will look good for HD, comparable to Plasmas and LCD's in my opinion.
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I only use component connections even though HDMI is available. The picture is great and component is far less problematic than HDMI.
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