Originally Posted by HID
I know this has been ask before, but I have read a 143 pages and have not seen it.
Is it better to have the 111 do the upscaling and set my toshiba hd dvd, pioneer bd, and fios box to 480i? Or put the fios and hd dvd to 1080i and pioneer to 1080p?
There's no shortcut answer, as two important variables come into play. (1) The quality of any
video processing, including upscaling, is judged by the PQ of its output, and PQ is always a somewhat subjective matter. "Best" is literally in the eye of the beholder.
(2) Upscaling is very equipment-dependent. For some, their Kuro may very well be the best upscaler in their system. For others, it might be their BD or HD-DVD player. Or their standalone DVD player. Or their Edge processor.... So getting at the right answer to your question really depends on your
specific evaluation of the performance of your
specific components.SD-DVD Upscaling:
Personally, I feel that all my hi-def players outperfrom the Kuro in upscaling. After tedious comparison testing months ago, I concluded my Pioneer 95FD was the best upscaler in my system and made it my primary DVD player. Until I got an Oppo DV-983H and it edged out the Pioneer. Of all the components in my systems, which include HD-DVD players, BD players, the Oppo DVD player, a processor with excellent VP capabilities, and
the Kuros, I believe the Oppo DV-983H and now the Oppo BDP-83 are the best upscalers I've ever seen. So all
my DVDs are played and upscaled in one of those players, and output to the Kuro as 1080p/60. (Without those players.....it'd still be the Pioneer BD player....
The quality of SD-TV signals, and the tuners we use, varies widely. I suggest you compare the upscaling performance of your STB with that of your Kuro, using whatever SD content you watch regularly. It's best to leave the processing to one component, so don't mess with 480p from the box; send everything source direct from the box OR
send everything 1080i. Just compare them a lot until you decide which looks better to you. FWIW, I prefer to send all TV signals as 1080i from my tuner. But I have Comcast digitial cable, not FiOS, so results could be very different with your signals and your equipment.
Note: This comparison is complicated by the effect of the Pure Cinema modes on the various signals; I suggest you "level the playing field" by leaving it on STANDARD while doing your comparisons. (Heatwave had a very interesting post yesterday about his comparison experiments with the PC modes and SD-TV upscaling; you may find it helpful.)