Was interested in an HDMI 480i player and been watching this tread until I ran HQV benchmark and exposed the crappy deinterlacing on my Sony 60XS955. The Insignia player below scored better in the important benches. Am shocked at how difficult it is to create a basic 480i HDMI player with little problems. I guess trying to decode MPEG and spit it out as raw as possible is as hard to do as making as pure water, but how hard is it to create a fast player that doesn't have basic problems?
I wound up going back to my 6 year old Toshiba 480i component player with no problems for most DVDs and use my laptop for DVDs with better picture quality connected DVI-HDMI to TV. Not as easy as putting a disc in and hitting play, but if I want a great player, the NVIDIA PureVideo deinterlaces wonderfully and is something I already have.
480i HDMI players tried and problems noted:
Sony DVP-NS975V: edge enhancement in 720p & 1080i, green color decoding push.
Insignia NS-VDVD1: doesn't pillar box 4:3 content, has Y/C error, edge enhancement in 720p & 1080i.
480i HDMI recorders:
Philips DVDR3400: wants to reset HDMI to 480p when changing tv inputs, slow.
Noticed that the Insignia and Philips haven't been added to the list. I also see more DVD recorders from Panasonic with HDMI 480i, but I have no experience.