I finally got around to playing with the upconversion on my Onkyo TX-NR809 last night. My first test was with material that I had saved on my DVR. The native signal for most of the movies I have stored on it are 1080i so I had the Onkyo upconvert the signal to 1080p. The difference was negligible with 1080i material although you could notice it cleaned the image up some. The big difference was taking 720p and converting it to 1080p. I’ve yet to try any native SD material but I plan to try that out tonight with some older movies I have on DVD.
There are so many options with the Onkyo I was amazed. It has its own calibrated ISF Day and Night settings that you can apply to any source or you can even customize the signal before it’s fed to the TV with your own settings. From what I played around with this feature I probably won’t touch the signal at all less upconverting. The modes seemed to really mess with colors etc. It would take me hours to explore all of these options and test them out.
My big problem now is getting my 2nd HDMI out (Onkyo) to actually work in my HDMI 1 slot on the TV. My plan was to have my main HDMI 1 out (Onkyo) upconvert all my Direct TV material to the ARC compatible HDMI 2 slot on the GT50. Then have my second HDMI 2 out (Onkyo) pass all my blu-ray, HTPC stuff native to the HDMI 1 slot on the GT50. I’m not even sure it’s possible and the manual is huge. I’ve got some reading and research to do.