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dvd upconverters????? helpppppp

by manontheside / July 6, 2005 11:46 AM PDT

ok i just bought my 50" panasonic dlp i've been researching new dvd players with upconverters. anyone review the line of dvd players out right now? any suggestions would be great, thanks!

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Samsung DVD Upconverters
by emileg / July 7, 2005 11:19 AM PDT

The price of the Samsung DVD-HD941 has recently dropped from $299 to $199. The new 950 is also $199. Both play the new SACD format, which the 841 and 850 do not. The 941 uses Faroudja technology. There is no mention of such technology in the 950, so I suppose the upconversion method is proprietary to Samsung.

I just bought the 941 when it went on sale to use with the 1080p Samsung HDTV that I ordered thaat I am impatiently awaiting.

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by sears tv guy / July 8, 2005 1:54 AM PDT

I have the 841 and it does a great job. The SACD I don't care for so it works well for me.

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what about sony??
by manontheside / July 8, 2005 5:57 AM PDT

thanks for the advice!! i've been doing some research and i've noticed that the sony dvp-ns975v has a higher video bitrate than many others. it plays at 12 bits/108mhz as compared to other models that play at 10 bit/54mhz. i dont know if that will make a difference or not in the quality of the picture. can anyone help explain thanks i appreciate it!

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More bits - more colors
by emileg / July 8, 2005 11:20 AM PDT
In reply to: what about sony??

According to Samsung 10 bit = 10 billion colors while 12 bit = 68.7 billion colors. Make sure your TV is also 12 bit to take advantage of the extra 58.7 billion colors. The new Samsung Plasmas HP-R**52 and 72 series are 12 bit.

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10 bits
by manontheside / July 9, 2005 2:23 AM PDT

haha thank god for forums, there are just some things i would have never realized no matter how much research i wouldve done.

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dvd upconverters?????
by jcrobso / July 11, 2005 2:41 AM PDT

Keep in mind that upconverting does NOT add pitcure detail, it just changes the format of the video.
So upconverts, scalers, line doublers etc. all do the samething, they reprocess the video into a different format. John

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Upconverters and Picture Detail
by emileg / July 11, 2005 2:49 AM PDT
In reply to: dvd upconverters?????

It is true that upconverters do not add detail. But the word ''add'' is open to interpretation. The computer within the upconverter extrapolates the extra lines by comparing the lines on either side of the line to be added. This process will help smooth the jagged edges that one might get with a simple line doubler. Of course, it is possible that errors could be made in the process and a hard edge could become a soft edge.

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by manontheside / July 11, 2005 4:30 AM PDT

i compleley agree with you that upconverting wont give a far superior picture than running component, or maybe it will. everyone seems to have a different opinion on whats better, but i bet when it comes down to it, theyre all the same- digital. samsung seems to be the pick of choice so far from what i'm hearing,(besides the annoying blue light) so i ordered the 850. i doubt i'll ever even listen to an sacd also hahah

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