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New Receiver, Need Help [Solved]

tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So I just bought a receiver, my first. To be specific, this model.

So, I have an HDMI cable hooked up from the receiver to my TV. I also have my Xbox hooked up to my receiver via HDMI. I can get picture and sound from my 360 when I switch to the right channel on my receiver. The problem is, I can't get picture or audio when I hook up composite devices to my receiver (to be received by my TV via HDMI). Am I being an idiot here, can the HDMI connection between my receiver and TV NOT recognize the composite inputs? I am switching (via remote) between channels on the receiver to the correct ones, but I still get nothing. According to the manual, it should all be able to pass through the HDMI to my TV. I should be able to switch from my 360 to say, my Nintendo 64 on my receiver and have it all go through the HDMI cable to my TV.

Did I get a broken receiver or am I being an idiot?

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Your receiver only supports pass through, not scaling.

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    tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    So, given my screen-name, what exactly does that mean?

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Your receiver will pass hdmi connected components through to the tv but will not scale other inputs up to hdmi.

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    tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    OK, that means I have to have an analog connection from the receiver to the television and switch inputs on the Television and Receiver to get those signals? That's... rather annoying. But ok I suppose.

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    RderdallRderdall Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Unfortunately, MushroomStick is correct. It's technically called up-conversion though, and it is when the receiver takes a lower grade video connection, and sends it out of a higher grade connection. In your case, the component video signal would need to be up-converted to be sent out of the HDMI cable. A lot of the entry level receivers do not up-convert in an effort to get people to spend another couple of hundred dollars on a higher level model. It's not the end of the world though. All it means is that if you are connecting a device to the receiver with component video cables, you just need to run a component video cable to the TV also. A nuisance, yes, but a show-stopper, no.

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    The amazon link you have there only says the receiver will switch the hdmi inputs. I'm not going to guarantee anything, but it might work if run the analog connections from the receiver to the tv.

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    ZeonZeon Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Rderdall wrote: »
    Unfortunately, MushroomStick is correct. It's technically called up-conversion though, and it is when the receiver takes a lower grade video connection, and sends it out of a higher grade connection. In your case, the component video signal would need to be up-converted to be sent out of the HDMI cable. A lot of the entry level receivers do not up-convert in an effort to get people to spend another couple of hundred dollars on a higher level model. It's not the end of the world though. All it means is that if you are connecting a device to the receiver with component video cables, you just need to run a component video cable to the TV also. A nuisance, yes, but a show-stopper, no.

    HDMI is just a cable type, it can send any quality of video. No upconversion or scaling needs to be done to send composite or component signal through HDMI, only a conversion from analog to digital. When shopping for receivers this is called "switching" or "analog to digital switching" or "composite/component to HDMI switching". Some high end receivers will also do upconverting or scaling at the same time, but if you just want your basic 480i signal over HDMI, you just need it to do switching.

    Unfortunately, that Sony receiver doesnt do that. So yeah, the solution to this problem is to run composite (RCA) and component (RGB) cables from the receiver to the TV (you just need the video, because obviously you want the sound to go through the receiver).

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    tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Shame on me for not researching more and assuming things. Thanks for your help guys.

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