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I have a brand new Yamaha RX-V1800 AV Receiver. I cannot get the receiver to convert 4:3 non HD channels into 16:9. I have gone to the video options set up and set the HDMI aspect to Smart which is supposed to do it. I am using all HDMI connectors (between cable box and receiver and b/t receiver and TV). The TV is a Samsung 42 inch plasma.

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  • ccain Mar 30, 2008

    I have the manual. Pages 92 and 93 are where these options are discussed. I have already read them and as I noted above I have the HDMI Aspect set to "Smart".

  • ccain Mar 30, 2008

    Thanks for the response. What I "get" is either the dreaded black spaces on the left and the right of the picture (with the top and bottom filled in) or a "mini" 16:9 where there is a black border on all four sides of the picture.

    Regarding your 3rd bullet point, I wonder if that is my issue - how do I know what my cable box is inputting its signal at?

  • ccain Mar 30, 2008

    Turn off the cable box and then press the menu button?

    I am not sure I understand your point about the cables at the end - I already have a HDMI cable I am using (and I have a component cable also if need be). Are you saying that because I am using an HDMI cable, this problem is not fixable? (Also the real reason I like HDMI versus component/coax/optical, is it saves me the extra cords for audio! :-) )

  • ccain Mar 31, 2008

    Thanks for all the help - regarding your recent solution - to be clear - I currently have an HDMI cable coming out of the cable box into the receiver. Are you saying (1) remove the HDMI cable; (2) use the component cable as noted above; (3) turn off both the receiver and box and do the above?

    Now, the problem with (3) is if the receiver is off, i cannot access the box. So I have to leave it on. are you saying after I do this with the component cable I can go back to the HDMI?

  • ccain Mar 31, 2008

    OK bestdarngood!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!! It worked, though I would note I did NOT need to use the component cable. Just went into the menu and set it like you said to 1080i and 480p.

    I AM THRILLED!!! Thanks again!!!!



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When “HDMI SCALING” is set to “THROUGH”, you cannot
make any adjustments to “HDMI ASPECT”.
• If the aspect ratio of the input video source is other than 4:3, this
unit automatically ignores the setting of “HDMI ASPECT”.
• When “HDMI ASPECT” is set to “SMART”, the video images
of the edge of the video monitor are rather stretched.
• When the video signals are input at HDMI IN jacks or the
signals are input with 720p, 1080i or 1080p of resolution, the
setting of “HDMI ASPECT” does not affect the video signals
output at the HDMI OUT jack.

So this is what your manual says which is exactly what you did, correct? and there is no stretching of the picture to fit the screen? or what is happening instead? A black space on the sides of the picture? Please let me know about these questions.
Thank you

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    Benjamin Patri Mar 30, 2008

    To check how your resolution is set turn the box off and press the menu
    button on your remote to bring up the service menu. You can then change
    the resolution to any thing up to 1080I. Component cables will carry
    1080i/P however they are considered analog cable because of they way
    that they carry signal. The reason you hear this talk about HDMI being
    better is because HDMi is a digital cable, meaning it will carry
    digital signals (theoreticaly a better quality. The reason its better
    is because when your signal comes into your house it is analog. Your
    motorola box from comcast then converts it to a digital signal. If you
    use HDMi it stays that way to the set. If you use component Cables then
    the box will convert the signal yet again back to analog therefore
    giving you a lower quailty then what you would get with HDMI. As far as
    how much of a difference there is, is still a matter of debate. Some
    people can see it and some people cant. My suggestion is to by a lower
    priced hdmi cable from a local retailer. Hook it up. Then hook up your
    box with component and see if you can tell a difference. If not then
    return the hdmi cable, or use it for another one of your components

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Mar 31, 2008

    sorry about that last one try this

    Make sure you have the Component Cable running from the Y Pb Pr OUT on
    the cable box to the Y Pb Pr IN on the back of the VR-20.
    2. With the Cable box and VR-20 turned off, Press the Menu button on the front of the cable box.
    3. Aspect Ratio should be set to 4:3.
    4. Press the Down Arrow until it reads "Y Pb Pr OUT", set the resolution to 1080i by pressing the Right Arrow button.
    5. Press the Down Arrow again to set Override to 480P by pressing the Right Arrow button.
    6. Press the Menu button to exit.
    7. Turn on both VR-20 and Cable Box.
    Override value is the resolution for Non-HD channels. You will notice
    the VR-20 switch resolutions when toggling from HD to Non-HD channels)

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Mar 31, 2008

    no problem, glad you got it fixed


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