Crystalio Plasma Enhancer

parky43007

Active Member
Well it is now Feb and this product was due to be launched.
Anyone heard anything about availability/performance??
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
Mid-Late Feb now, approximately £1600

UK Distributor will be :-

CSE Solutions
www.csesolutions.co.uk

Give them a call and ask if they have any firmer details

I was waiting for this, but have now decided the Lumagen HDP is available now, and proven.
 

parky43007

Active Member
Early March is now being quoted.
I can see why you went for the Lumagen but I like the idea of the tuner incorporation (one less box).
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
I have a digital tuner in the Pio media box, so it's not a consideration for me, but good for panel owners who need to source a tuner.
 

Joe Fernand

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parky43007

Your going to have to want an analogue tuner an awful lot to lay out £1.6K (UK SRP) for a very nice looking box that seems way down on Input/Output power on Lumagen and DVDO.

Time will tell I guess! Though no support for 720P HD signals seems a no no with HD just around the corner!

Best regards

Joe
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
How will this be £1600? I really don't understand.

In the states the Crystalio VPS2300 is $3500 and I thought that the Plasma Enhancer was going to be around $1000 and the Pro version around $1800, which sort of made sense.
In fact the price of the 2300 in the UK is pretty good when you consider evrywhere else it is half as much again as the Lumagen Vision Pro, but £1600 for a unit with too many missing features will not sell.

I am a big fan of the Crystalio, I do think that it is best scaler (by a long way) without having to remortgage, but, the lack of at least frame rate conversion on the Plasma enhancers is a real oversight for the Euro market.
 

Joe Fernand

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gizlaroc

Maybe the VPS-2300 has been a loss leader :)

Interesting too that there's now three UK distributors for one product range that only covers four products - I can understand the PC Card/External Box split; but one distributor for the VPS-2300 and another for the new processors seems odd.

Best regards

Joe

PS I'll do some digging on pricing in the morning!
 

loonatic

Active Member
I was talking about the Pro version myself for which I was quoted an estimated price of £1700 from CRT PJs when enquiring about the 2300 recently, which had a price of £2100 at that time.

For that price only offering HD pass-through seems like a big mistake...but then again it has to differentiate itself from its bigger brother I guess.

Cheers, Lee
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
I think the £1600 price will be for the Pro and the regular version will be around a grand.

I guess they are two different products aimed at two different markets, hence the different distributors?
 

Joe Fernand

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Hello gizlaroc

I just hope Denon or the likes never adopt the 'different markets' approach - we'll have more Distributors than Dealers :)

How 'different' are the markets for a £1.6K Video Processor and a £2.3K Video Processor?

I guess Pixel Magic are looking for 'Volume' with the new products.

I still believe at £1k the non Pro version will have a hard time against Lumagen and DVDO - in addition to no HD Support there appears not to be support for 480i or 576i via HDMI.

Best regards

Joe
 

Joe Fernand

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Hello all

I spoke to CSE Solutions this morning - confirmed SRP's are £1k for the Enhancer and £1.6K for the Pro.

Beta products into the UK in the next week and stock possibly from Mid March.

They say they are hopeful of Beta units at the Bristol HiFi Show.

Best regards

Joe
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
Thats more like it.

It is a shame that it won't do frame rate conversion on Hi-Def stuff, but that is some serious processing for £1k.
 

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