I see no reason to replace my non-HD TV, as it is in good working order with good picture.
I recently purchased the ROKU XDS to take advantage of the optical connection to my Onkyo 605 sound system so I can get 5.1.
I was planning on connecting the Roku to the Onkyo via component. The Onkyo is connected to my non-HD TV with a component cable. My DVD is hooked up this way and works fine. My DVR is hooked up directly to my TV with component and works fine.
Installing the Roku XDS to the Onkyo with composite cables could not be simpler. When I received my component cable from Roku, I assumed hooking it up would be just as easy. Unfortunately, the picture went blank after the Roku start up screen. I got the same results when I hooked up the Roku directly to my TV via Component. After looking around on this forum and elsewhere on the web, I have the feeling the component cable does not work with a non-hd TV. Is this true? If it is, is it written on the Roku website? If it is true, I wished I knew this when I purchased the XDS and the custom component cable. I probably would have made a different decision.
Currently, I have the video hooked up with a composite cable and audio with the optical cable. Unfortunately, I am not getting 5.1 or Dolby. Does anyone know a 5.1 source that is free so I can test this further? Should I just forget about the optical cable and use composite for both video and audio?