Upconversion refers to the process of taking a standard Definition signal and transforming it into a high-def one. This term is generally reserved for DVD players, however many a/v receivers and other video eqipment can do similar things. If you choose an HD-Upconvert DVD player, you will need an HDMI cable (ususally $100 for anything decent, although Analysis Plus makes the best I've seen so far for $87,(http://www.analysis-plus.com)). Cost-wise, HD upconvert players (for similar quality) will run about $60 more than their standard counterparts. My recommendation would be to take the extra $160 one would be spending on an upconvert player an put that towards an excellent-quality standar player (which can be found up to $500 cost-wise). HD Upconvert players involve a line of 25-30 different processors (depending on model) that do everything from line-doubling to contrast and color enhancement. These processors aren't perfect (not even the $17,000 Clase CDP-501 (www.claseaudio.com), whose quality rivals the new BluRay Dis Players on the market today)and do make some mistakes, which are annoyingly noticeable. Depending on how much one would like to spend, I might recommend a $60 Sony ( DVP-NS57p, www.sony.com), which for the price beats out all others this side of $300, or past that point, I would recommend the Rotel RDV-1045 (www.rotel.com) as the most accurate standard player below $500. After that, Arcam DiVA series are excellent(http://www.arcam.com)as well as any of the Clase players (don't challenge my reference system please, I have the Clase CDT-501). Bottom Line, an HD upconver player this less than $1000 is definitely not worth it, considering inferior quality and less-than-perfect colors. over $1000, only a few are truly fantastic.
Now that we have a Panasonic 50" plasma, and DirecTV HD srevice, I've been thinking about replacing our 5 year old DVD player/
What does the term "upconversion" mean? Is it worth having in a DVD player?
Thanks in advance for any help.