Originally Posted by Big C
I guess until I'm familiar with how different upscaling/post processing works, I like streaming, my 480i DVDs and my Blu-rays distinguishable from one another, as well as compressed audio, lossless audio, and uncompressed audio to be distinguishable from each other (I don't use sound retrieve).
As I said, different strokes...I like seeing and hearing things in the best manner possible at all times. I rarely use mp3 but if something is only available in mp3 format I often use the sound retriever function with pretty good results. 99% of my audio is lossless so it's not much of an issue for me personally.
As far as video goes, I've yet to watch any 480i video that isn't improved by up-scaling, especially with the Qdeo chip.
As far as lossless and uncompressed go...if you can hear the difference between FLAC or ALAC and WAV/AIFF you have either better equipment or better ears than I do (or both) and I'm a pretty critical listener with a decent system.
My headphone gear is an above average balanced set-up and I'd lose a lot of money trying to bet on whether any music I'm listening to is in FLAC or WAV!
Originally Posted by Apostate
If you have a superior external video scaler, you'd want to feed it the "pure" (untouched or original) native video format of DVD which is 480i.
The irony of this is that players capable of outputting 480i almost always have an excellent video scaler built in.
That makes sense and likely made more sense in the past when players didn't have the kind of built in processors they do today.
I'm happy to get good upscaled content from the 53fd at a fraction of the cost of an Oppo, let alone an external scaler. I used to worry about the analog outs but I have my 58AV for that if needed for any music. I've yet to watch any movies that required analog outs for audio playback. If I start getting into BluRay audio only discs it might be an issue but a new/better receiver will take care of that.
HDMI is fine for any video playback. It will improve even further with better DAC chip /implementation in the newer receivers. Gotta love that trickle down if you're on a budget