Looking for advice on the above situation. 10yr old DLP works fine( except for burning out lamps). Have spent hours researching on line. The BDP-BX59 has the HDMI and a composite Video output. Optical audio output. The latter works fine with my Panasonic receiver. I assume composite video will be analog. Question: If I run the HDMI into a Kanex ATV Pro converter and then A VGA cable from there into the PC (15 pin) input of the DLP will it work, and will it be 720P digital? Is it worth the extra expense of the converter and VGA cable? Thanks for any help.
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I would have thought that anything that ends up as 'VGA' will be analogue
Yeah, "VGA" is an analog signal. Just because it comes from a computer, doesn't mean it's ALL digital (the RCA line out from a sound card is analog, too).
The only "digital" video interfaces are (in ~historical order):
1. SDI (& HD-SDI)
2. DVI-D (DVI-A is analog & DVI-I is a combo of the two)
What resolution a signal is capable of after being converted is dependent upon a number of factors:
1. The converter box's capability
2. The display device's capability
3. The "allowed" HDMI conversion capability/whether the converter box closely complies with HDCP rules.
You probably won't really know until you get the box & test it out...
HD video didn't exist at the consumer level (no HD-DVD or BluRay) when your DLP was made. The reason I say this is that it seems to me that unless it is capable of acting like a computer monitor with a greater than 720x480 resolution, your plan may work but it won't give you 720p video.
You're basically just going to have to gamble the money on it like Scott says. I'm not sure that it's really worth trying to squeeze more life out of technology that old, but there's an endless number of people who disagree with me like you, so good luck on your task.
DLP set has a DVI input. Am going to get an HDMI to DVI cable and try that. Thanks
Last edited by usually_quiet; 17th Feb 2013 at 10:56.