Originally Posted by the_bull
I'm trying to decide between the 103D and the stand-alone darblet.
From this forum, I think I know most of the advantages of the 103D:
no handshake issue (may or may not affect me)
SACD (i only have 1 so no real effect)
3D (my current BD player is not - projector (Panny AE8000u) is - but content is not really that interesting to me)
My understanding is that given 1080P content, the darblet and 103D will perform the same.
What I'm looking for help/knowledge/experience in, and what could sway me to spend the extra $$ for the 103D, is the difference between the two as far as 720P, 1080i, 420P (not that I really watch any) cable content.
Currently, I run my cable source thru my receiver untouched, so no scaling is performed (or i suppose the projector is doing it). Screen is 138in. 2.35:1 (or approx 110in. 16:9) at 15-16 feet.
Would there be a great benefit in sending a non-1080P cable signal thru the 103D and letting it process/upscale the signal to 1080P (not 4K) and then having the darbee portion do it's thing as opposed to sending the cable signal thru the stand-alone darblet?
Yes. The 103D will definitely produce a better picture.
No. It would be the same.
Depends on other factors and I would need to do my own comparison.
For the criteria you are listing, there should be no real difference between the 103 and 103D aside from the Darbee processing.
There are some other small differences, but none that contribute to 1080p scaling or 3D or Darbee or SACD.
A lot of people do send the cable/sat feed through the player for the advantage of scaling and applying Darbee processing.
It can make a difference on some material, but then sometimes not.
As far as doing that with the player as opposed to doing it with a stand alone Darblet,
you may or may not see a difference between the two, it just depends.
The factor would be the difference between the scaling to 1080p in the player vs in the display.
In the player would be BEFORE Darbee, in the display it would be AFTER Darbee,
and of course the scaling/processing of display vs player is also probably different.