Forum Topic: Are external video processors relevant nowadays?

Ready to process?

by Mark Hodgkinson Aug 14, 2017 at 12:34 PM


  • Here’s an interesting poser from regular contributor RayP who is the owner of Loewe Bild 7.55 OLED TV, a Sky Q 2Tb box and an Oppo 203 UHD Blu-ray player.
    In a nutshell, would it be worth the added – and not inconsiderable - outlay for an external video processor to improve on the already impressive output of the kit involved?

    It’s probably fair to say that discussions over external video processing solutions were more commonplace on the Forum in the early days of High Definition (HD) when the various chip and television manufacturers were still coming to terms with the new demands of (up) scaling and deinterlacing. In those regards it is also probably true to say that fairly sizeable and demonstrable improvements were visible but the landscape has changed somewhat in recent years.

    All the major TV manufacturers now have their own custom SoCs (System on a Chip) capable of highly impressive scaling up to Ultra HD resolutions and it’s difficult to remember the last time we had to pick up a TV on its dodgy deinterlacing capabilities.

    We would probably argue that the main advantage of an external VP, nowadays, would be to improve colour accuracy but is it really worth paying £4000, plus, for the likes of a Lumagen 424x processor when the likes of Panasonic and Sony have gone to great trouble to ensure their high-end TVs are already extremely accurate?

    What are your experiences of external video processing solutions? Would you consider paying the extra?

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