Monday, December 3, 2007

Son of a...

The new TV has arrived! After rewiring my system and getting everything hooked up appropriately for HD, I made a disappointing discovery (hence the title of this post). There is no HDMI port on the back of my xbox360. How frustrating - I can only go up to 1080i output with my HD-DVD player (sarcasm). After a little checking, the HDMI port wasn't "standard" until Aug 2007 consoles. That is information that I would have liked to have had prior to purchasing the HDMI cable for that console. I can use the cable I purchased for the cable box, but it doesn't put out a 1080p signal, so what's the point? Somehow I have been "lucky" as I own one of the boxes from the first shipment (end of 2005) that hasn't destroyed itself. Maybe if I run the box 24-7, it'll crap out and I'll still be able to get the replacement system that has the HDMI port on the back. Hmmmm... I think that the warranty is set to expire at the end of the month - so I'd better hurry up and break it ( I won't actually do this, but I can talk about it, right?).

I'm sure that many of you don't understand what I'm talking about, so here's the quick synopsis... To get a "full" HD signal (1080p), you must first have a piece of equipment capable of outputting the appropriate signal, a piece of equipment capable of displaying the signal and a cable capable of carrying the correct signal between the two pieces of equipment. All three are required for the 1080p signal to work properly, and until I went to wire the system, I believed that I had them. I believed... incorrectly. Oh well, what the hell, it's still way better than standard definition. How did I survive before this?

3 comments:

kilax said...

Not only is it WAY BETTER than standard definition... 50" monitors are HUGE HUGE HUGE!!! Boo-yah!

Bro said...

From what I have read, the XBOX 360 is the only device on the market that can actually output 1080p over component, but most TVs only accept 1080i through component video. Did you get the SXRD or the Bravia series TV? The SXRD claims to accept 1080p through the component input. I'm sure you have done all this research already, but there is this piece too: http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=4457

You still haven't sent me any pictures from your new place...

Andrew Skaff said...

kilax - Oh yeah, the TV is great. I was just a little disappointed with the xbox360 part of the equation. I've got no beef with the TV - it rocks!

bro (if that is your real name) - I got a Bravia model, and as you mentioned, only accepts 1080i signal through the component inputs. And holy crap, that "piece" costs almost as much as another xbox. Thanks for all the information. As always, I still bow before your technology knowledge. Be sure to correct me if I make any erroneous statements. I haven't taken any pics of the apartment yet, but I'll get some up here in a couple days.