Originally Posted by cpc
Fair enough. Of the places I'm shopping for one of these TV's, they are not close by, and some are far enough away (1 to 1.5 hours drive on the highway) that the charge for delivery would be quite a bit. Best case scenario would be free delivery, as I'm looking to that, but I'm figuring out the other options if I must transport it myself.
Another question for you Pioneer Elite Plasma owners (so many questions!).
I'm deciding whether or not I keep my DVDO VP50. It's a tough call, as it is a useful device. If I can get along without out, I may try. I asked earlier about the video processing of the Pioneer Elite TV's and monitors and I did get a couple of responses saying the Pio vid processing is less than spectacular for 480i film and video dvd's and some HDTV signals. 1080i to 1080p seems ok.
What video processing are folks using for film and video dvd's, Blu-Ray (not necessary I guess as 1080p is 1080p) and SDTV and HDTV signals?
DVDO VP50 or EDGE or similar?
Toshiba XA2 or faroudja de-interlacer for dvd's?
Receiver video processing?
Nothing, you use the Pioneer plasma's de-interlacing, video processing/upscaling etc and you are ok with it.
I have an iScan Duo (recently acquired) and use it for all my sources. It's principal functions are as a hub and to help out lower-rez sources. Plus, I have more non-HDMI devices than the 111 has inputs for, so the VP's hub function is important for me. I do see a difference with laserdiscs over letting my 111 process them, and there are differences with cable, even HD cable (those are much more subtle, however). I still watch SD stations and I much
prefer the Duo's scaling over the 111's.
I have an Oppo 83 and a Pioneer 09, and they are set to either Auto or Source Direct depending on how I choose to go. The Oppo has the same chip as the Duo and the EDGE it replaced, so I can't say I saw much difference with/without the VP in the chain, except perhaps the 83 (set to Auto) seemed a bit softer. I didn't really try the 09 this way. The VP is always set to Auto output.
I'd say pick whatever looks better to you, or the cheapest alternative you can live with, and go for that.
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