video standard converters why so much?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Bob Todd, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. Bob Todd

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    500 quid for one that does 500 lines of resolution!

    this is disgusting when most cheap DVD players do NTSC>PAL50.

    why so much?
     
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    Probably because:

    1) The conversion in a DVD player starts in the digital domain and converts as part of the transition to analog, whereas a standalone converter has to take an already analog signal, digitise it, write it to memory, re-scale it and then convert it back to analog all in realtime. ie a more complex process
    2) They are niche-market devices with low volume/demand.
     

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