with your surmisals of the situation. I vote BluRay and believe the upconversion is just very subtle shades of difference. JMO. Im a blu fan, but i use an enormous screen however.
keep the old player. get a bluray player. dunno if its still going on but walmart gives you $100 gift card or something with bluray player purchase.
of the poorer SD playback for BD players is the Panasonic line. Id expect Denon and some Samsung to have better DVD playback, but they are costlier I think.
let your sony LCD do the scaling for your progressive scan dvd player.
I've recently got a 40" Sony LCD HDTV 1080p, with 3 HDMI. I have local cable (good package deal with internet and phone) that broadcasts about twenty HD channels in 720p maximum. I've been blown away by the difference in picture versus regular TV and DVD resolutions, and now I'm resolution hungry.
I currently have a five-disc Sony DVD carousel that's only a few years old. I'm perfectly happy with the performance, but its highest video output is component, which I currently have plugged directly into the TV. And, of course, even with a progessive feature, it's 480.
Although I plan on getting a BluRay soon, for now I'm considering buying a upconvert 1080p five-disc DVD to replace the one I have, particularly Sony's DVP-NC800H/B. There are several reasons for this:
1) I want the maximum video output; like many DVD players nowadays, the upconvert has a HDMI output.
2) It's the right price for my budget ($130).
3) I would like to keep a dedicated DVD and CD player, leaving the BluRay only for the HD stuff. Less player wear-and-tear, perhaps?
4) Currently, there are no BluRay multidisc changers. My wife and I do put in multi-disc sets and/or several CDs to play and shuttle through. (Yeah, yeah, I know we could just walk across the room, but it is a nice feature for us.)
The question is: is it worth it? First of all, I keep reading reviews where several Blu-ray players don't even play CDs, or have trouble playing DVDs well -- a fact that just about blew my mind. This is one reason I'd like to invest in a newer dedicated DVD multidisc player with HDMI output. However, I also keep reading that the difference between a good DVD "regular" player and an upconvert player is minimal. Even with HDMI, 1080p HDTV, etc.? I realize an upconvert will never compete with a true 1080p, but still . . .
So: stick with the "old" player I have and just buy a BluRay? Or is the upconvert worth it?