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My Marantz SR5005 apparently will upscale video sources to a max of 1080p. Does the VT60 upscale as well? If so, can someone point me to documentation on this feature and to the sub-Menu for it on the VT60?

I know that generally speaking its unwise to "double up" on this kind of thing (TV and AVR do it) and its best to choose the component which does it most effectively. So, is VT60 regarded as superior enough that it should take precedence to most devices with the possible exception of Oppos?

Thoughts are appreciated. Thank you, Scott

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Scott - all 1080p sets made today will upscale a lower resolution signal to 1080P - then you have the 4k sets which take it a notch higher. Some do this better than others, the key test or point of failure is usually the deinterlacing of 1080i signals. I am from the camp of not having the receiver touch anything in regards to the signal. I think Pioneer with their Elite line (until a few generations ago) did it right by just providing a straight path with no processing capability. Receivers and video processing to me is a marketing thing and highly overrated. If someone buys a receiver based on that they are missing out on other more important things required of such a device - I would value power, sound and connections way before a video chip. DNice calibrated my VT60 and I am a DirecTV subscriber. The signal being sent to the display is native (not to insult you but not scaled by the DTV box, processing is off in my Denon 4311 too) which for HD is going to be mostly 720P or 1080i plus a few at 1080P, but the later I believe are their pay channels). My VT60 does a great job handling even SD to point (it looks better, but I can't watch it unless I am desperate) the more important variable is whether I am getting a good feed from my provider for the channel in question.

I have an Oppo 103 and previously a 93. I think the 103 does a nice job working with streaming from Netflix,Vudu, etc. (I have the Roku stick as well as the native apps), but I do not see enough benefits with other material to warrant the steps of using it for anything else besides playing blu's and my SACD/DVD-A collection.

P.S. Video processing tests are included with nearly every pro review of a display. There is no sub menu on the VT60 I am aware of or should I say discovered.
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Scott - all 1080p sets made today will upscale a lower resolution signal to 1080P - then you have the 4k sets which take it a notch higher. Some do this better than others, the key test or point of failure is usually the deinterlacing of 1080i signals. I am from the camp of not having the receiver touch anything in regards to the signal. I think Pioneer with their Elite line (until a few generations ago) did it right by just providing a straight path with no processing capability. Receivers and video processing to me is a marketing thing and highly overrated. If someone buys a receiver based on that they are missing out on other more important things required of such a device - I would value power, sound and connections way before a video chip. DNice calibrated my VT60 and I am a DirecTV subscriber. The signal being sent to the display is native (not to insult you but not scaled by the DTV box, processing is off in my Denon 4311 too) which for HD is going to be mostly 720P or 1080i plus a few at 1080P, but the later I believe are their pay channels). My VT60 does a great job handling even SD to point (it looks better, but I can't watch it unless I am desperate) the more important variable is whether I am getting a good feed from my provider for the channel in question.

I have an Oppo 103 and previously a 93. I think the 103 does a nice job working with streaming from Netflix,Vudu, etc. (I have the Roku stick as well as the native apps), but I do not see enough benefits with other material to warrant the steps of using it for anything else besides playing blu's and my SACD/DVD-A collection.

P.S. Video processing tests are included with nearly every pro review of a display. There is no sub menu on the VT60 I am aware of or should I say discovered.

Great info, thank you. I gather then that in general those of us that have our sets calibrated or spend lots of time with video settings should not add another processing step into the mix. As an aside, I am in the process of converting to OTA and all processing being equal, the picture from the antenna is much better than cable. Probably due to compression of the cable signal.

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I added an OTA years ago for that reason plus you get the sub channels too. PBS looks great by the way.
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