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PHD8/LumagenHDP - And a good cheap DVD player?

Saltrock

Standard Member
Just purchased the Panny PHD8 with the HDP scaler.

I've got a Pioneer DV-717 player (RGB Scart via Sky+ to the scaler)

I was thinking about the Samsung 850/950 to get either a HDMI(to DVI on the scaler) or component output.

I want to leave the scaler upscale the image and change it to progressive (as i've heard it will do a lot better job than any player at this.) In this case I guess i'll need a player that outputs a decent standard res interlaced player.

I don't want to spend too much as (i guess like everyone else) i'll be getting a HD player when they come out.

Questions:

1. Is the samsung a good player for what I want it to do?
2. Is there something better for around the same price?
3. Am I going to notice much of a difference in quality in a new player from the SCART setup with my 717 (above)?

Thanks in advance

Saltrock
 

MickyGee

Standard Member
Should fit the bill nicely. Not much to beat them at this pricepoint with DVI/HDMI. Downside is manual NTSC PAL switching and some issues with true black. You could consider Pio 575 via component, some like them a lot, others complain about jaggies.

Looking at the forum though, if you want to spend a little more money the Oppo seems pretty good value, (Ask PJTX100 he has one).
 
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