Originally Posted by KtrainHurricane
What would you recommend as a good alternative? I was looking at the 3100/3200 but DVD upscaling is the most important criteria for me. I am looking to stay in the sub-$100 range (used/refurb does not bother me).
I still watch a lot of DVDs so DVD upscaling is important to me as well. That's why I went and got refurbished S1000ES which has proprietary CREAS, supposedly modified Qdeo, video processor.
According to some, for the current models, Sony 6200 supposedly has equivalent DVD upscaling to Sony S790 which in turn supposedly has equivalent upscaling to S1000ES. If that's the case then Sony 6200 should have an excellent DVD upscaling.
Of all the brands, Panasonic is suppose to have the best "factory" upscaling with its Unipher video processor but some find it overly sharpened/harsh.
One option for you may be getting a dedicated DVD player that is known for excellent DVD upscaling such as Oppo 983, maybe Oppo 981. I have one such DVD player in Toshiba XDE600 which does amazing upscaling with DVDs that are encoded well but overly harsh PQ with poorly encoded DVDs.
If you don't mind used or refurbished, the keywords to look for are Reon, Realta, Qdeo, and ABT. While having these chips are no guarantee of excellent DVD upscaling, generally players with these video processors should be better than "factory."