Thinking of taking the plunge

I'm thinking of finally getting an HD front projector (stairwell to basement has a sharp turn, and my 46" Ultravision CRT rear-proj barely fit last time) and hence I'll need a happenin' home theater receiver that can also do video switching (or else end up running a million cables to the ceiling-mounted projector and living in remote-switching hell).

I haven't decided on LCD or DLP, to get 1280x720 it looks like LCD is a lot less expensive (Sanyo Z3 vs. BenQ PB8700).

Since my main video sources will be HDMI output (Scientific Atlanta HD PVR via Rogers Cable & in future Xbox II as DVD player) I would like to get a receiver that does HDMI switching, and ideally upconverting from component/composite/S-Video to the HDMI output as well.

I can't seem to find any receivers that do this. Am I dreaming?

Also, I'm trying to understand progressive vs. interlaced as it relates to a fixed-pixel display. Wouldn't e.g. a DVD player with 480i output and one with 480p output look the same on a fixed-pixel display (LCD or DLP), or am I missing something?

Thanks for any pointers, and feel free to steer me to an FAQ if this is old business here.


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Gord in Ottawa
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