OK guys, Ive joined the ranks of scaler owners, with my shiny new (well, dull black) iScan HD+ nestling amongst the other components. Ive fired it up and got a picture through it, but only using a motley collection of cheapo interconnects. New cables are on order, but while Im waiting I thought Id try and make sure my understanding of the theory is correct. Ive already had some great input from several different sources, so apologies if I seem to be repeating myself. Right, the challenge. To connect a low budget DVD player (Samsung HD745) to a Pioneer 433MXE plasma, via the iScan, and achieve optimum quality. (dont ask why, its a long story). The 745 has HDCP output, but the region free hack removes the HDCP bit basically leaving DVI-D. Basic rules Im trying to follow; 1. Keep the number of video processing steps to a minimum 2. Where possible, let the scaler do any video processing. So Im starting with digital material on a DVD, essentially in MPEG(2) format. I understand that this is Interlaced. As I understand it, the DVD player has to decode the raw VOB/MPEG2 files, so there are no options available here. Getting it out of the DVD player there seem to be 2 choices available; De-interlace and output via DVI, or convert to analog and output interlaced via component. Advice received so far is to go via component, as the player is likely to be better at digital/analog conversion than at de-interlacing. So, the iScan gets the interlaced component input, converts analog back to digital, de-interlaces, and scales. Im assuming that the best link from the iScan to the plasma is likely to be over DVI, in the native resolution of the plasma (1024/768 progressive, I believe) as this removes as much processing from the plasma as possible. Does this all make sense? Have I been listening properly? I appreciate that Im trying to apply logic to something that many people believe is a (black) art, and that in the end the picture that looks best is the best picture. Im looking forward to hours of fiddling in the future, but Id like to know that Im getting the basics right. Thanks in anticipation.