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PS3 hooked up to an old Rear Projection HDTV via DVI

Stupidmop 216 15 July 13, 2011 at 09:13 AM
So I'm in the process of buying a new house. The house has a nicely finished basement with media room, etc. The current owners have a 57" rear-projection TV in the basement, which I just found out they plan to leave with the house.The homeowners justification was that they didnt want to move the TV because of how heavy it was, so they offered it to me free of charge. Thinking that the TV was much newer I quickly agreed.. I mean it's a free TV right?

I quickly did some research on the TV model and found out that the TV is around 8 years old, which means that it's only 720p/1080i and doesn't have an HDMI port. Originally I had planned to hook my PS3 down there and use the area for video games, etc.. the problem is that I'm pretty picky on video quality and won't hook up my PS3 via RCA plugs. The TV does have a DVI port, so I'm wondering if it's possible to hook up my PS3 using a mix of an HDMI to DVI cable and the audio from RCA plugs that came with the system. I also think that I might be able to use the HDMI to the DVI on the back of the TV and then hook up the optical on the back of the PS3 to a surround sound receiver, the problem is of course that I don't have a spare surround sound receiver sitting around.

Ultimately I'd love to just put it up on craigslist for cash/carry -- but I don't think anybody is really going to pay for an 8 year old 720p 180lb+ tv with no hdmi ports.. I was originally expecting them to take that TV with them and was planning on putting my 50" plasma down there and buying a smaller 42" TV for upstairs, but my wife probably wouldnt be very happy about me doing that knowing we have what she considers a "perfectly good tv" in the basement. Any suggestions?

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I had an old Hitachi that I hooked up to my DirecTV HD-DVR. It had HDMI so I bought an HDMI to DVI cable off ebay and then ran the audio separate. Worked fine. I don't remember what plugs a PS3 has, but is component an option?
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Yea, old tvs like that should have component. Remember that hdmi to dvi may not always work. The tv has to support hdcp for it to work.
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I also think that I might be able to use the HDMI to the DVI on the back of the TV and then hook up the optical on the back of the PS3 to a surround sound receiver, the problem is of course that I don't have a spare surround sound receiver sitting around.
This should work, and I'd consider it the ideal solution. But using the RCA plugs for audio should also work if you don't plan on finding another receiver.
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