New Home Theater Receiver Question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gkarris, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I was over at Sony Style and the new HT Receivers (I have an old one which has only composite and S-Video) have both HDMI and Component.

    My current HT is only wired for Component.

    If I buy one of these receivers and hook something up HDMI (like the new AppleTV), will it output the signal on Component which I can send to my projector?

  2. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    I think you are out of luck. Most modern receivers will up-convert analog video sources to HDMI, but they usually don't convert HDMI to analog. Also, the HDCP copy protection used by most HDMI sources forbids converting the signal to an unprotected High Def output. At best, they might be allowed to convert to a Standard Definition component/composite output.

    But the older Apple TV is still easy to find at good prices and it provides component outputs. ;)
  3. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    I think KevinC867 is right, most HDMI receivers will not down-convert HDMI to component (or other analog) outputs. I know my Denon won't do it.
  4. georgee2face macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    This is coorect...and neither will the pioneer elites.
  5. rayward macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2007
    Houston, TX
    The old model has connections for HDMI, component, plus an analog audio out which can be used by a receiver's 2nd zone if so equipped. The ATV2 has only HDMI or on optical audio out.

    AFAIK, the advantages of the new model over the old are that it's cheaper; runs cooler (lower power usage); and has the ability to rent TV shows (you can rent and buy movies, but only buy TV shows on the old model).

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