Yes, component video (3-5 cables) will pass 720p/1080i in analog. DVI/HDMI do it digitally.
6 responses Add your response
Suggest you check and see if the PLAYER passes 720p through the component outs. It MAY not be designed or capable of doing that.
I've got the Samsung 841 and I'm "pretty sure" (would take a bet for a beer from anyone!) it only passes the higher resolution signals (720p/1080i) through the DVI output only.
If the player can do both is there an advantage to using one over the other. I am considering acoustic zen silver byte component video or possibly one of the higher end audioquest component cables. I don't know if the new Samsung 941 passes the 720p/1080i, if anyone knows please share the info. Thanks guys. I really appreciate it.
My understanding is the DVD Consortium, if that is the right name, does not allow any upconversion over component outs, and does not allow upconversions over DVI/HDMI unless it is HDCP protected.
I have read about a couple of players that do upconvert; i.e., output in a format greater than 480i/480p, over component outputs, such as Momitsu(sp?) and Zenith, but a lawsuit was recently field against these companies over this.
My recommendation is to go with HDCP compatible DVI/HDMI if you want upconversion.