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Advice sought on IScan Pro (and a few other things)

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Fuchida, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. Fuchida

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    I recently ordered the following equipment for a home cinema setup (although it hasn't arrived yet) and I am looking for advice on whether to add an iScan Pro. I am a newbie in this area so forgive me if I provide too much information but I thought better safe than sorry.

    Sony NS930VS DVD Player
    Panasonic PT-AE300 projector
    Denon 3803 AV receiver
    SkyPlus Box
    Mission M3 series speakers (2xM33, M3c2, 2xM3ds, and a subwoofer)
    Component Video leads from DVD to 3803
    Component Video leads from 3803 to projector
    S-video from Skyplus to 3803 (the receiver converts S-video to component video)
    Sub-woofer cable and reasonable speaker cable
    Draper 106" 16:9 projection screen.

    The Sony DVD outputs progressive for NTSC but interlaced for PAL (and of course the vast majority of my DVDs are PAL)

    I have been told the Iscan pro would make a big difference and would convert the component video input from interlaced to progressive as well as some other tidying up. Which leads me to a few questions:

    If I have an iscan, is it simply a case of sending the component video output from the 3803 into the iscan and then sending the iscan output to the projector?

    What lead would I need from the isacn to the projector? Looking at a picture of the back of an iscan pro, there seems to be one set of component video inputs and something that looks like a monitor output. Does it not output in component video?

    Does this resolution of my projector affect the iscan pro. In other words, does it output in a particular resolution or can I set it to match my projector or have I no idea what I am talking about?

    Does the iscan provide any other advantage beside the interlaced - progressive conversion?

    Would it be easier to simply find a DVD player that outputs progessive PAL or does the iscan also help improve the picture from the SkyPlus box?

    If I do buy an Iscan Pro, should I always output interlaced, even if I am using an NTSC DVD, or does it make no difference?

    Although the 3803 converts s-video from the SkyPlus to component video, is this s-video good enough for a reasonable picture? Would I be better using a scart lead from the SkyPlus to an RGB-Component video convertor and a component video lead from the convertor to the 3803?

    The 3803 supports 7.1. How much better is this than 5.1 and what speakers should I buy if I decided to upgrade to 7.1 (within the M3 series)

    I have been told that I should have speaker cable the same length to each speaker. Does this make a noticeable difference or should I save my money (and space) and buy cable depending on the actual distance to each speaker

    Any advice very much appreciated.

    Steve
     
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    I decided to swap the DVD player for a Denon DVD-2900 so that may affect the answers to my questions?

    Steve
     
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    My recommendation would be to try before you buy :)

    I tried a Iscan Ultra and bought it. Other may not see the point.
     

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