Upscaling AV amp - do they exist?

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  1. Wonky

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    Hi all,

    So, can I get an upscaling AV receiver for less than £1000?

    Current sources are std DVD player and Sky+.

    I'm currently buying my first AV system and am auditioning a set of M&K K5 speakers at the weekend. I'll also be discussing my amp choice with the chaps in the store so a bit of advice before hand would be useful!

    Cheers

    Tim.
     
  2. DolbyDan

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    Yes check the onkyo 674 thread
     
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    Or the Sony 5200 (not very good at up scaling though - your screen will probably do a better job)
     
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    The 674 doesn't upscale, it only upconverts. That is, it'll convert different inputs (composite/component/svideo) to output via HDMI, but it won't actually change the resolution of the signal.
     
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    i'm pretty certain the Onkyo 875 and 905 upscale images to 1080p through the Reon HQV scaler.
     
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    The pioneer as4 axi upscales too
     
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    for less than a grand? :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: SHOW ME WHERE!!! :rotfl:

    sorry, couldnt resist..lol


    *gives himself an infraction for being cheeky*

    Dont be too concerned up scaling the amp, your TV will do that anyhow, especially if the amp cant output the same res as the TV, in which case you'll be scaling twice......its only worth worrying about if the TV is an older model, then the amps scaler may be an improvement....
     
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    I suppose there was a bit of a clue in the OP post, now that I've read it properly! :blush:
     
  11. Wonky

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    Thanks for the feedback chaps.

    I'm looking for this amp to be used with a projector (probably the Panasonic PT-AX100E) which won't do the scaling for me. I don't have a plasma/LCD as I still prefer my Panasonic 32" Aquity.

    The pioneer looks interesting and I've seen the VSX-AX2AS-S for £650 in a few places which also claims to upscale. Anyone seen any reviews?

    Cheers

    Tim.

    PS: Yes the Denon looks great but I really don't think I can stretch my budget that far!

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  12. lazymatt

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    The projector you're looking at is 1366 x 768 rez...it should automatically scale the incoming images to that size otherwise all SD material will be very small.


    I must admit I'm not up on PJ's, so maybe someone with more knowledge can confirm.
     
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    I use a Pioneer AXA4Si and it is simply stunning. I use it with an older sky box and Sony dvd autochanger with s-video output and it makes both of them look very good indeed. You are aware of the upconversion/upscale, to HDMI even more when you remove the amp and just plug in the source direct to the projector, the amp is certainly adding something and whatever it is it is great.
    When fed an upscaled image from a Phillips Dvd player it looks even better.
    The sound from this amp is brilliant, bass control is very good and the auto calabration very impressive, better in every respect to the Denon 3802 it replaced. I dont seem to be having the LFE problems that others suffer from when using HD/Blu-ray, maybe the newer machines have had this situation resolved. I am not able to comment in a highly technical way as I am sure some can on this forum but this Amp was certainly worth every penny I spent on it.
     

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