Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Toronto (St. Clair/Bathurst)
Interesting reading about the rear connections on various external converter boxes in this thread.
This is a consideration which has been important to me in mixing-and-matching components but which gets short shrift here (or worse, the answer to the question is hastily assumed).
I have older-persons eyesight, so-so interest in visual quality (but a nut about aural quality), and a 10 yr old SD TV. Viewing has been with a fine old satellite receiver with all the outputs. And you know what I think: barely any difference that I care about (or even can reliably detect) from RF (Channel 3 connection), "video" (yellow plug), S-video, and HMDI to a computer monitor.
HD broadcasting and reception is magnificent and nobody would ever go back to SD willingly. But from the tuner (a STB converter in my case, but these comments have no relevance to that earlier thread) to a SD monitor, not much difference.
I hope to hear from others to comment on differences when viewed on an HD monitor? But I don't think we should casually assume that you need to go up HMDI to have a great picture, once the STB has done its reception magic.
In olden times, I found the tuners in a VHS recorder weren't as hot as the TV. From this thread, I gather that is not so with expensive or even cheap DVD recorders today?