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Pioneer 435xde upscale?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by bigbearh, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. bigbearh

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    Hi I have a 435xde and a phillips dvd recorder d75 i would like to improve picture quality on bought dvds would it be better to :-
    1. Go for a samsung dvd hd945 via dvi
    2. Go for a pioneer 920 ( does plasma media box upscale? ) and then get rid of the phillips.
    I know there is a huge price difference but which would give the best picture ? :confused:
     
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    As far as I now the 920 is an excellent recorder but it does not have any upscaling capabilities (only 720x 480p/576p). You will need the 868 player for that. I have the 868 with the 434HDE plasma. However you should be aware of the following:

    The 435 plasma screen upscales and downscales depending on the input signal. It is better for the quality of the final displayed image to have as few as possible scale operations. One scale operation should be better than two. I have checked this again and again on the 434/435 plasma and currently based on the DVDs we all have. A player outputting 720x480p/576p (PAL/NTSC) should provide the best picture quality and maximum amount of DVD data.

    On the contrary if you set the player to output 720p (1280x720) the player will upscale the image from the DVD once and then the screen will downscale horizontally and upscale vertically to match its native resolution of 1024 x 768. So some picture information will be cropped from 1280x720 before it is scaled to 1024x768.

    You can see more of that if you set the player to 1080i (1920x1080). The screen then downscales both horizontally and vertically and it is displaying interpolated data instead of DVD data and the picture looks softer.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Thanks for your reply I liked the look of the 920 (matches plasma) but looks like the 668 will give better results.
     
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    The 668 player does not have an upscaler. Only the 720x480p/576p option is available in the resolutions settings. It is really like the 920 offering. The 1280x720P and 1920x1080i options are only available with the 868 player
     
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    :oops: I meant to say 868 not 668 ......... I did understand your reply thanks but have been reading so many reviews , time for bed said zeebadee
     

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