Upscaling & Blu Ray

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  1. metin

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    Hello All you experts.:hiya:

    I need some advice. I have a Denon amp and Pioneer DVD player that both upscale to 1080i. If I buy a Blu ray DVD and the max resolution I can get is 1080i from my screen is the this the same thing? not sure If I am being thick here!!
     
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    The Blu-ray player will output 1080p, which the screen will downscale to 768p.
    Unless you have a 1080p screen and in that case you'll get the full benefit of the Blu-ray players resolution.
     
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    Thanks kev, But this does not answer my question. is a upscaled DVD @ 1080i the same as a Blu ray film watched @ 1080i ?
     
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    Actually, the Blu Ray player will output in 1080i but I'm pretty cerain you can change the options in the settings of the BD player.

    To answer your question, yes. DVDs would be upscaled to 720p or 1080i. So effectively this would be the same but the quality of the upscaling may be better on the BD player.
     
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    In terms of signal compatibility, the Blu-ray will probably be at 1080/24fps, whereas the DVD may be at 25fps (PAL). Not all TV's accept 24fps.

    In terms of "is an upscaled DVD the same as a Blu-ray disc" for picture quality, image detail, etc, then the answer is very definitely no. :eek: (Except some early "hi-def" releases which were alleged to be just an upscaled DVD data stream. :mad: )
     
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    Agreed. I was referring to standard DVDs and not Blu Ray discs. Obviously BD discs are going to look far better than standard upscaled DVDs. Sorry for any confusion.
     
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    Sometimes it's best to let the screen do the upscaling for SD DVD's.
     
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    To be clear for the benefit of the OP, Blu Ray DVD carries far more picture information than standard DVD. Upscaling tries "guess" about the details that are missing in the standard format, and can only do so much.

    So Blu Ray will be of better quality than any upscaled DVD at 720 or 1080 resolutions. How much better depends on (among other things) your eyes, your screen, the actual HD resolution (1080p is best, but 1080i is still pretty good), and the quality of your player.
     
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    many thanks to all for your help. I'll guess I'll keep my PS3 then :thumbsup:
     

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