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How good is the iScan Ultra?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Dimmy, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Dimmy

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    Thinking about picking one up, but basically, can't get a demo of it in use.

    So, for those who've owned or seen it, how good is it?

    TIA

    Dimmy :)
     
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    i have one and find that its better at deinterlasing than the inturnal one on my plasma , and the chroma bug correction is good too.

    does add a slight delay though,

    hope that helps
     
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    Thanks jmack.

    I'd also be interested to hear from anybody who's used it with a projector for scaling.
     
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    The Ultra isn't really a scaler, it's primarily a line doubler/deinterlacer.
    It only outputs 480p/576p (depending on NTSC/PAL input). It's only scaling capablitys are slight readjustment of the output aspect ratio to compensate for monitors that lock into 16.9 when fed a progressive input. A scaler generally has the ability to output different scan rates, the ideal being to match the scalers output with the monitors golden scan rate.
     
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    basically is the iscan ultra better than a mid range progressive scan dvd player? I am thinking of getting rid of my Denon and getting a interlaced player, lol probably my 656 again, and just use it with an iscan ultra
    cheers
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    Fred - why?
     
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    or keep my denon if hayden labs can update it, i also want my sky and playstation singals to be be de-interlaced as well as other stuff. Also i want to use the dvi input on my pj for everything.
    cheers
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    So, fred, if you buy an iScan ultra you'll have invested - what - £1800 in your image and processing?

    Could've bought a h56 for a little more and gotten far better PQ into the bargain... :rolleyes:
     
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    i haven't made up my mind dimmy, i am going to an audio visual show in feb so i will see what i like. If i can see rainbows on the high end models i won't even consider a lowend dlp like the h56.
    The problem i have is that if i go into sevenoaks they don't take me seriously, they don't even bother to give me a proper demo. It is bloody frustrating as shows are the only place where i can see and hear high end equipment and compare, and even then it is hard
    fred
     
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    You're not actually allowed into the store fred, strictly speaking, if you don't pass for 18 and are without a 'responsible adult' (sevenoaks, I mean) :laugh:. Store Policy & all...

    You won't see rainbows on higher-end DLP projectors. You almost certainately won't see them on the H56 either. But good luck with demoing everything.
     
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    But then again i might be staying put in my room for a year or so so i might spend about 700 quid on Auralex treatment and installation and professional calibration of my equipment.
    This seems a much better alternative, where i get the most from what i have atm.
    cheers
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    I'm doing the same mate. looks like I'll be spending a mammoth amount of cash sorting my room out.
     
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    it is definately the best investment, especially since my room is fairly 'compact' compared to the average home cinema.
    No matter what equipment i get it will never let it perform to its best until my room is sorted out, one of the things in particular is my subwoofer, my room really is not a sub friendly room. I am sure once i get it professionally sorted it will be great.
    Although it is £700 afterall, probably will be a bit more, and maybe i should do it once i get my 'complete' system, it will probably be one of the best investments i make. It all depends if we move in the near future or not.
    cheers
    fred
     
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    it is definately the best investment, especially since my room is fairly 'compact' compared to the average home cinema.
    No matter what equipment i get it will never let it perform to its best until my room is sorted out, one of the things in particular is my subwoofer, my room really is not a sub friendly room. I am sure once i get it professionally sorted it will be great.
    Although it is £700 afterall, probably will be a bit more, and maybe i should do it once i get my 'complete' system, it will probably be one of the best investments i make. It all depends if we move in the near future or not.
    cheers
    fred
     
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    Yes - my own room loves to exagerate treble.
     

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