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I'm pretty new to the AVS game but I'm in the market for a new audio receiver. I've been trying to figure out the options I want included and the ones that just drive up the price. How important (if at all) is video upscaling in an home theater AV receiver? I hear that HDTVs have upscalers in them, and a lot of newer DVD players do. Could someone give me an example of when an upscaler in your receiver would be helpful?
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ty DrDon, I appreciate the welcome and the help. Any opinions from anyone on the topic?
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Upscaling is not really necessary in the AVR. My processor has none, and I see superb images from all decent sources. The Oppo BD player has excellent upscaling for DVD, the DirecTV is mostly HD, and video display has upscaling for the SD programs.
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upscaling is not really necessary in the avr.

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Swings and roundabouts. If your AVR upscales and de-interlaces in a manner better than your TV/Monitor, then obviously it offers an improvement.

Similarly, if you still have composite or S-video sources that you want to route via your AVR then decoding (from composite/S-video to digital component) makes life a lot easier, as you then can route the analogue sources via a single HDMI feed to your display. This doesn't require upscaling though - as most modern HDMI displays will accept 480i/576i sources (though early displays didn't as the 480i/576i over HDMI spec was a later addition - some displays started with 480p/576p - and required external de-interlacing at least)

I don't have any analogue sources to watch these days - and don't use any of the upscaling facilities in my Onkyo amp as a result. Just straight HDMI video pass-through.
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Sometimes upscaling is included because it just happens to be a feature of the IC they chose to do the on screen display. I would not reject a receiver just because it has an unnecessary feature.
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