Well, I took the plunge and upgraded my Panasonic AE900 to a Sony Pearl. First off, :eek: this thing is gorgeous. I have a 136" Da-Lite Hi-Power screen (2.35:1 and 96" 16x9) and a dedicated theater.
I also have a Dell XPS Dual 3.2GHz with 2GB memory and 1.5TB of hard drive space. Running Zoomplayer with ffdshow and Avisynth limited sharpen MT. I used to have ffdshow scaled to 720p, then some noise reduction, then limited sharpen. Everything was smooth. Ran these settings on the Pearl and everything looked about the same only smoother and better from the Pearl upgrade.
Now I try to resize in ffdshow to 1920x1080 and I immediately get stuttering. Try to sharpen on top of that and it really grinds to a halt. Anyone out there with a 1080p setup? What are you doing? HDTV looks great through my ATI HDTV Wonder. DVD's look the same, but certainly no better as before. I was hoping to be able to crank it up some more.
Looks like it is on to HD-DVD and BluRay for me. Will keep the PC around for the DVD collection, but I can't come close to making this thing shine with regular DVD material. On the 720p projector it was really questionable whether I needed HD-DVD since we had made post processing a science. Now I think it is mandatory for me.
Any thoughts on getting more out of the PC? Besides wait for a new drive and Vista to be released!