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Need Advice in Buying a DVD Player

by Esw88 / March 11, 2008 11:43 PM PDT

I have Panny Plasma that is not 1080P. I also have a Onkyo 605 receiver. I have a Panny DVD dual DVD/VHS player,(old) connected to the 605 via component cables and to the TV via HDMI.
The 605 says that it upconverts the video signal, however I see no difference when playing DVDs. Should I be seeing a difference??
Should I buy an upconverting DVD player?
Should I buy a Blu-Ray player, even though my TV is not 1080P?

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It's all about money.
by ahtoi / March 12, 2008 3:01 AM PDT

Buy blu-ray if money is no object. As to upconversion, BIG improvement with hdmi connection.

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by jostenmeat / March 12, 2008 4:56 AM PDT

I wouldnt run it thru that Onkyo.

the only reason to buy a DVD player is if you truly cannot afford $400.

Otherwise, that $400 purchase gets you that "free upscaling DVD player", and then so much more.

how big is your tv, and how far away do you sit? If its 37" and you're sitting 15 ft away... maybe not (even if color will be better with BD). If you have a 65" display, and are sitting 7 ft away, yes it becomes quite worth it. FYI, 65" at 7 ft is still a few degrees short of THX recommended viewing angle...

so depending on above, yes 720p output is still worth it. After all, the difference between 720 and 480 is much more, perceivably, than between 720 and 1080 when considering typical display sizes and viewing distances.

IMO, a no brainer, but Im rather obsessed.

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Upscale vs upscale
by HTHMAN / March 12, 2008 11:56 AM PDT

First of all, if you feed an old DVD player with a 480i output to your Panny, it will deinterlace and scale the output to 720p to match your display. It will probably look very good. If you use an upscaling DVD player, it will deinterlace and upscale the output to 720p to match your display and the TV will not have to do anything and it will look pretty good.

Here is the rub... Some DVD players doe it better and Some TVs do it better. If you can not see the difference, do not buy the upscaler.

I would save the money for a BD player.

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