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Upscaling DVD needed or not?

I just got a fine Samsung HL-S6187W set and want to know if there is any improvement in picture quality from DVDs to be had by using an "up-converting" DVD player with it. I have my old SD (480p) player and I would gladly buy an up-converting one if it would improve the image of standard DVDs. I have been told by some that this TV is very capable of up-converting the imput without the need of an up-converting player. But others have said that althought the TV does convert the incoming source signal, it can not display it as well as it could if it were coming from an already converted (1080i) source. Who is correct in this? Is it worth getting an up-converting player or is there NO difference in the end display quality? Also my currnet player does NOT have HDMI conection capability and that may be a big factor as well(?).! (I am aware that even if there is an improved image to be had by using the "up-converting" player that it will still not be nearly as good as a true HD source like Blue Ray or HD-DVD). Just want some fair degree of improvement without spending a lot for the true HD players.

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My 2-cents

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I have an upconverting DVD player and I have a tough time seeing any discernable difference. At least it's not a "night and day" difference. But, this could just be my own poor eyesight. I'm waiting to buy a new HD-type DVD player to get the real benefit of a new TV. Why not just enjoy your 480p picture connected via component until you get a true HD DVD player? A new HD DVD player should be backward compatible and it should upconvert your old DVDs.

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Yes

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& you don't need to spend lots. My little sony up-scales to 1080i got it for $160 it sells now for $90 or less new. New dvds' like the Sopranos, Lost & Deadwood look very sharp, I see the small pits on there faces, dust in the air, hair stubs ect.
& yes for hdmi, you got 2 of them, so use them.

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Yes.

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There are some fantastic upconverting DVD players out there, and they are very affordable. One example is Oppo's DV-970, It has gotten rave reviews and is only $150. I bought the 981 and am vrey pleased with it.

If you read the news on CES, LG now has a BluRay/HD DVD player. Yup.... plays both formats. I plan on moving the 981 to the bedroom and picking up the new LG as soon as it's avail... (Feb or March)

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forgot link

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forgot to post a link for ya.... www.oppodigital.com

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ABSOLUTELY "UPSCALE" DVD player for the Samsung 6187

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I also have the Samsung HL=S6187W DLP and having a good upconverting player really makes a BIG difference! For only about $169 (I paid $150), the Denon DVD1730 upscales to 1080i and, hooked up directly thru the HDMI ( a MUST), the Samsung's internal processor "De-interlaces" from 1080i to 1080p to give you the absolute smoothest and HD-like picture.

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