Originally Posted by bziggy
First question was if I understand it correctly I can hook up my Verizon set top box to this unit and it will up convert the signal. If that is so has anyone been doing this and if so had it improved the picture.
Yes... using my own HTPC whole-home system as the source (fed from TWC/LA cablecard). HDMI output of the "extender" (remote satellite box, aka "client", to deliver HDTV from the HTPC, aka "server", connected through home LAN).
The upconversion of 720p and 1080i to 1080p in the 103, along with the QDEO video processing by the Oppo 103 for delivery to my Panny 65VT50, produces stunning results. Looks like film, or a "live window" (e.g. today's PGA golf on CBS)... fantastic.
If you do go this way, I strongly urge you that if possible to set up your Verizon (FIOS?) box to put out "native" resolution, i.e. 720p source -> 720p output, and 1080i source -> 1080i output. If the box does not have a "native" setting for automatically retaining source program resolution as output, then bite the bullet of obvious minor inconvenience and nuisance and manually set the output resolution yourself to match the the source resolution of whatever program you're watching. The improved visual results far outweigh any minor steps to reconfigure. You do not want the Verizon box doing any upconverting of any kind.
In other words, the 103 does by far the best job of upconversion to 1080p (for any given source resolution) of any of the devices... either your DVR/STB box or even your HDTV itself. So you want it to be the 103 that delivers the 1080p to the HDTV, either upconverting from source program 720p -> 1080p, or upconverting from source program 1080i -> 1080p.
You will absolutely not be disappointed with the resulting 1080p images from 720p/1080i HDTV out of the 103. Stunning!