Originally Posted by wmcclain
And Oppo has done something like that in the past. Their first player (971) was fairly high-end for its day, but the second (970) was noted for its simple 480i over HDMI, which is what the video processor people wanted.
Precisely - and they've retained that product line structure ever since (with the 981HD and 980H), only deviating to add the 983H as a "statement piece" (as well as a proof of concept for integrating ABT technology into their designs). With DVD player sales likely to do nothing but continue to taper off (especially for anything beyond the most entry-level models), it seems inevitable that they'd look to reproduce that structure with Blu-ray.
Originally Posted by Tweakophyte
My whole HT infrastructure is component. I had a Toshiba A3 for a while and the up-convert of component was great. I don't think all of the benefit of an HD source comes from HDMI. I'll get around to upgrading my reciever some time after the whole BluRay technology matures.
If Toshiba could do it, Oppo can do it.
Based on earlier comments, you already know that upconversion of copy-protected DVD content over component outputs is "off limits." What is important to also remember is how that restriction (whatever your personal feelings about its validity) influences the way a player is designed. If the scaling and deinterlacing is handled by the same chip that does video D/A conversion, it is easy (relatively speaking) to allow upscaling of unprotected DVD content. That is the case for the HD-A3, and it is the case for OPPO's 970HD and 980H. Thus, all three players can scale unprotected DVD content. Similarly, if a player is designed to use both
a separate scaling solution and
a dedicated video DAC, the same thing can still be achieved, but this is rare because so many players use a multipurpose chip for video decoding and video DAC duties. If the scaling and deinterlacing happens in a separate chip (like the Faroudja chip in OPPO's 971H and 981HD or the ABT chips in their 983H) that is located after
the multipurpose chip that houses the player's video DAC, the only way to support scaling at the component outputs is to put in a second video DAC (useful solely for those cases when unprotected DVD content is in use, which for most people is very rarely). That's an added hardware cost and increased development costs, and it's all to achieve something that will rarely be useful.