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We'll I'm going to spend money on a Sharp XV-Z2000 and figure I need a new DVD/VCR to go with it. Is there one out there that I can use a single digital connection from the DVD/VCR combo or am I going to have to run multiple cable and switch the projector source? I'd like to have the cable come into the DVD/VCR, as well as my son's game cube or PS2 and then run a single HDMI cable to the projector if possible. Also, I've been told not to worry about upconverting and just get a progressive scan unit. Is this right?
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Rick
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You, my friend, need an A/V receiver.

You are asking if a DVD/VCR can act as a receiver - and the answer is: No.

There are many A/V receivers on the market that will convert all inputs into component video and include a couple of component inputs on the receiver itself, so you just hook up all the equipment to the receiver, then let the receiver do the switching and volume control.

Tons of good receivers out there, but just like you set up a budget for your projector, you need a budget for your receiver & any other components you need.

Cable shouldn't be run through anything - get a HDTV set top box from your cable company and hook it up. That's the ENTIRE reason for having a Sharp V2000 - HDTV. Anything else, including DVD, is second rate.
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I think I got it. Use the A/V reciever as the hub of the system and run everything through it? Can you suggest a good A/V receiver? The A/V receiver that I was going to use is an older Onkyo that I have laying around will let me hook up using RCA jacks but not much else. I have a digital cable box that I can use down there (in the new basement media room 17.5' deep, 18' wide). Thanks for the help. Considering that I watch TV a total of about 1 hour/week and maybe one DVD a week I'm not doing too bad. The kids watch a lot more. Oh...total budget for the project is about 5k. Sharp XV-Z2000 at about 3k, Da-lite perm 116" screen (16:9) about 700, already have reasonable speakers, need new DVD/VCR and new A/V receiver. Suggestions would be welcome.
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Take a look at the Yamaha RX-V1500 or the HTR 5890 (they are the same) or the Denon 2805 - both allow up to 7.1 setup and are well under 800 bucks in stores and less online and offer component video switching, the newest surround formats and video conversion from composite or s-video to component video.

I would then just get a decent DVD player, and the cheapest VCR I could find. I would not get an integrated DVD/VCR, but would get them separate, so if one has a problem, the entire system doesn't come down.

Also, if you are paying to rent the cable box, call your cable company. The rental fee for a 'digital cable box' is exactly the same as the rental fee for a 'high-definition digital cable box'. Might as well get the best your system can handle. You may find yourself watching a little more TV when good stuff comes on in HD.
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