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Standalone Upscaler?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by Northerner76, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. Northerner76

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    Hi - I have the Pioneer DV-656A DVD Player which up till now was doing a fine job with my DVD's. The issue is that I will soon be purchasing a HDTV LCD screen to replace my ageing CRT and I want to ensure my LCD screen will utilised to its full potential - i.e I want to view my movies at 720p!

    As the 656A does not feature progressive scan and does not upscale, I wondered if standalone upscalers existed that I could use to upscale my video signal to thew 720p standard. Or would I be better off simply buying a new DVD player such as the Oppo unit that is often talked about on this forum?

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    external stand alone scaler can be used for multiple sources upscaling DVD player usually can't, therefore external scaler is generally more useful, however much more pricey.

    Why not go for the compromise of an AV amp/receiver with de-interlacer and upscaling that way you can keep your existing DVD as well.
     
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  5. Northerner76

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    Thanks for the reply's guys - never thought about the amp/receiver - mine is a Pioneer VSX-D2011S so I will have a look if that can provide what I need.

    Cwick - thanks for the link to the scaler forum - some nice links in there.

    Thanks again folks! :D
     
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    Or you could pick an LCD TV that has good film mode deinterlacing (2:2-pulldown detection). In this case the TV would make a nice progressive signal from your players 576i output (e.g. SCART) and upscale it to 720p or whatever it's vertical resolution is.. This could yield surprisingly good results and will get you by untill you are ready to buy a new progressive DVD player..

    Roy
     
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    Cheers Mandarin Man - good idea, currently considering the following LCD TV's - Panasonic TX32LXD500, Hitachi 32LD7200 and the Sony KDLV32A12U - now I just need to peruse the tech specs and see what they offer.
    Thanks
     
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    Your 656 will of course be upscaled anyway in the panel but external scalers certainly offer many advantages re quality, features but you panel will upscale the source anyway.
     
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    Do remember that upscaling is not the only advantage of the Oppo. The Oppo also features a DVI output.

    I've been using an Oppo for going-on 2 months now, and I can't recommend it enough.
     

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