Budget upscaling DVD for Hannspree TV

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mjbemand

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I have recently bought a Hannspree XV Television (full model number JT01-32E2-000).

I expected to be unimpressed with the picture from my Sharp DVD player (scart rgb output), and I replaced it with a Philips DVP5960, connecting via HDMI. I was not massively impressed by this either - it makes little difference whether I choose 720p, 1080i or no upscaling. The picture isn't bad, but text, whether the setup menu or credits, look pretty horrible. By contrast I have a BT Vision box connected over HDMI - the freeview and on demand pictures aren't bad, but the menu system and other text is a delight to behold, absolutely crystal clear. I am considering getting a different DVD player - question is, what?

I know some think upscalers are a big con given that TVs upscale anyway, but there must be an affordable DVD player out there that does a better job at upscaling than the Hannspree TV (or the Philips DVD player).

My budget is quite tight (hence the Hannspree TV) and I'm not expecting miracles - I can't really justify spending much more than £100 (partly because I hope to upgrade to bluray when its more affordable). So please don't say save up to buy x or y - I really don't watch enough (I'd say 3-4 hours a week at most) to justify spending a lot and don't have a huge disposible income: I just got fed up with squinting at letterboxed films on my 21" 4:3 CRT

I tend to watch a couple of DVDs a week at most, anything from remastered old films and TV series to brand new stuff, mostly PAL region 2 (I've heard some deinterlacing chips struggle with this), but occasionaly NTSC from region 1, so I need a player that can be made multi-region quite easily.

Oh, and I have a 5.1 amp so just need digital audio out from the player, I don't care how it sounds playing through the tv.
 
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mjbemand

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I mentioned this on the Hannspree thread on the LCD TV board and someone recommended a Pioneer player.

I popped along to Richer Sounds today intent on getting a Denon 1740 or Pioneer AV400 and came away with an LG dvx298h on the advice of a salesperson. This was not significantly better than the cheaper Philips I already had, so I took it back. Another salesperson thought that the PQ of the £100 Denon and Pioneer would be comparable, and suggested I look at the Pioneer AV(or DV?)600. I must say I am very pleased with this! The mpeg artifacts (particularly around people) that were quite noticable on the cheaper players had all but gone.

I truly don't know if the PQ is different between the 400 and 600 models as I haven't tried the 400. The enhanced audio features are pretyy irrelevant to me as I use a surround sound amp already, and I don't have any DVD-Audio or SACD discs - the salesman did assure me however that it is better in the video processing department as well, and I have read elsewhere on these boards that they do have different versions of the Mediatek chip so who knows. I'm happy now anyway!
 

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