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I have two DVD players that upconvert... Sony DVP-NS77H DVD Player and Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player. Both have excellent reviews about how well they upconvert. Well, I also have the Xbox (the first Xbox, NOT the 360). It doesn't upconvert. So, I just hooked it up to my Samsung HDTV via component and it plays the DVDs at 480i and my TV upcoverts it. Strange as it may seem, the Xbox delivers the best picture quality out of the 3 players I have.

Based on this experiment, I have to wonder if it's really worth paying extra for an upconverting DVD player. As long as the DVD player can send a 480i signal via component, I would think that would be good enough if your TV has a decent upscaler.

So, are upconverting DVD players really necessary if your TV already has a good built-in upscaler?
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So, are upconverting DVD players really necessary if your TV already has a good built-in upscaler?

No, it just gives you the choice as to where scaling occurs. Same for deinterlacing: whether you send 480i to the display, or deinterlace in the player and send 480p.

Proper calibration of the display for each input will make a big difference as well.

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Can you even buy a non-upconverting DVD player anymore? Other than those $20 housebrand/no-name jobs? Heck, most DVD players are being phased out as blu-ray players have dropped in price (and dot he same thing.)

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Can you even buy a non-upconverting DVD player anymore? Other than those $20 housebrand/no-name jobs? Heck, most DVD players are being phased out as blu-ray players have dropped in price (and dot he same thing.)

I notice Blu-ray players load DVDs a lot slower. I'd rather have a separate player for DVDs as I don't want to wear out the BD player faster and DVD players are more responsive and faster when playing DVDs.
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As far as the original question goes, no, you do not need an upconverting DVD player. In fact, it actually is a redundant feature since all TVs will upconvert any images depending on how you have the TV settings.

It actually depends whether the DVD player with upconvert has better quality circuitry or the TV. As an example, I have a couple Philips upconvert DVD players from about 5 years ago. They actually look better on some TVS using the S-Video than component. I also have a 4 year old Samsung DVD player and the component video looks better than the HDMI on the TV it is connected to. Then, there is the Denon 955S (same as a Denon 2910) and a Toshiba HD-XA2 and those players upconvert DVDs better than any TV I have had.
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I notice Blu-ray players load DVDs a lot slower. I'd rather have a separate player for DVDs as I don't want to wear out the BD player faster and DVD players are more responsive and faster when playing DVDs.

Most of the BD failures I've read about here have been failure of the laser, not the drive. DVD's use a separate laser so that may minimize your concern about failure. Typical post would be my player doesn't recognize my Blu-rays anymore but DVD's play fine.
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