Eighteen months ago I set about improving the image quality from my Sony G70 crt projector. At that time I had no idea of home cinema computers (HTPC) and PAL progressive was just a distant wish for. I had already played with Iscan pros but was always dissapointed in the way that the processing softened the image. Scanning the internet I came across an American product called a PD 1100 which is basically a htpc with an internal DVD drive. It was purchased, tested and sent straight back! A great looking product but issues with blocking, stuttering and a push on green where huge dissapointments not to mention the sound quality which was totaly two dimentional, lets say 6/10 vs a normal DVD player. I then considered a Rock but at 4k plus a further 1k for the plus which if I recall was the one to have was pushing my budget too far. I then managed to borrow a Lumagen Vision and a Denon A1 and compared the progressive output from the Denon to the scaled image from the lumagen at 720p. The Denon produced by far the sharper image but added a big chunk of its own edge enhancement which could be removed by reducing the sharpness but again the image became too soft. The Lumagen (using the Denon as the source player) on the other hand produced a beautifully colour rich and filmic image but I was still not convinced as again it was still too soft for my liking probably caused by the additional D/A,A/D conversion processes. By this stage I was pretty fed up and found myself scanning the av sites both the UK and avs's sister site in the USA for the answer. This went on for months. I just couldnt help feeling that there was more to get out of my modest DVD collection. Then I came across what was then the upcoming HD Leeza. I waited with baited as the first units where shipped and tested. The feedback from early users expressed concerns about PAL handling which I believe is ongoing to this day. All my collection is PAL and at 4k it was a no goer. Through this forum I heard of a new product being hand built by one of its members (jenz). Two months ago I took the plunge and placed an order on a Clarus . It soon arrived. The Clarus is basically a htpc without the hassle. In its most basic form its a set up and forget video processor which will handle composite, s-video, component, sdi, dvi, and high def sourses like D-theater and output in either digital or as in my case analog to my Sony crt pj. For those interested it will output to any resolution and therefore suitable for Pixel perfect use with plasmas. Under the hood theres a Holograph 2 scaler with onboard Faroudja de-interlacer plus a high def auxilliary card from Immersive. This is hand built, configured and set up by (jenz) with all controls accessed via remote. Hooked up to a Panasonic RP82 DVD player via SDI and running at 720p through my G70 the image is simply staggering. There seems to be two BIG differences compared to everything I have seen and tested before. Firstly this is without doubt the sharpest image by far that the G70 has been able to display, secondly background noise that has frustrated me for years dissapeared. Details where being revealed from my DVDs that I never knew where there. The overall image you get is sharp, truly three dimentional with an amazingly filmic quality especially with camera pans. The Clarus sports a quality machined black faceplate with an on/off button, thats it ! looks great amongst other high end kit. Round the back you have all the connections for hooking up pretty much anything as detailed above. So why am I writing this post ? well its taken 18 months of searching for an image that I am happy with and at last after much research, borrowing equipment, travelling to shows, not to mention hours and hours on the internet, I can sit back and watch a film and not a video. If this post helps others find their holy grail without going through all the hassle that ive had then great. Finally, why I bought the Clarus; 1) Fully upgradeable as any pc 2) At 2k its miles cheaper than a HD Leeza 3) It looks the biz 4) I know very little about computers 5) Its compatible with crt lcd dlp plasma, you name it 6) The support I have had is second to none (three free upgrades so far !) 7) As far as im concerned it produces the finest images on the planet Here are my image quality rankings; PD 1100) 0/10 I just couldnt get it to work Denon A1 DVD player at 576i) 3/10 Denon A1 using progressive) 6/10 Lumagen vision at 720p) 7/10 Clarus at 720p) 8/10 Clarus at 720p using SDI DVD player 10/10 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !!