Sorry for the newbie questions. I have an old Sony HDTV (KP-53HS30), I am wondering if HDMI cable can be used on it (with a converter/adapter). Actually, is it worth to spend money on buying a new DVD for this TV? (Honestly, I am still ok with this old TV picture quality )
And if I need to buy a new DVD, what is the best one to pair up with this TV? Would those upconversion one work on this TV?
This TV has component video inputs. There is no easy conversion from HDMI to Component video and there is no reason to get an upconverting DVD player since almost all only upconvert via HDMI (although an upconverting player may be all you find these days). If you get a new DVD player, use the component video outputs (usually limited to 480P) to this existing TV.
"the player will only output Blu-ray video at 1080i over that connection" Is it because the Blue ray quality can only be delivered through HDMI cable (which my TV does not have...)? If so, I guess I shouldn't even spend too much money on DVD player for this TV.
The reason I am thinking about getting this one is because $99 is almost as cheap as any upconverting DVD player in the market. And in case my 8 years old Sony breaks, any replacement TV I get in the market will have HDMI. What do you guys think?
I've got the same TV. I have had it serviced, cleaned and calibrated a couple of times since I purchased it and it is performing very well with satellite HD content. My solution to the "no HDMI" problem was first to get an early build of an LG upconverting DVD player that still upconverted through component. Second I have invested in an Apple TV which is still passing HD content over component outputs. I am working to build up a nice digital library (SD and 720p HD) on a network drive that is accessable by the Apple TV. There are other "media extenters" out there as well. (I'm not sure if XBOX and Playstation output HD through component, but I've heard people using these devices as well for HD content.)
Why don't you just try it with your current TV with component video at 1080i?
Worst case - you hate it, but you haven't bought anything you wouldn't be buying for your other solutions.
Best case - you love it and find it is more than good enough, and you save tons of money. TV technology changes so fast that a new purchase today could end up creating a similar thread in a couple of years, as new TVs then have some new feature that yours doesn't.