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Did anyone else see this device:

http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ces2010/idt_hqv_matchbox

Tiny video processing box using the HQV Vida chip, powered via HDMI.
Wow, I so want this device to come to market.

Yes, it's a prototype, may never come to market, yada yada.
Who's onboard? Me wants.

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I'd buy 2 the day they came out.

I can't take 4 HD per QAM that TWC is providing anymore, but my wife doesn't want a dish.

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I'd buy 2 the day they came out.

I can't take 4 HD per QAM that TWC is providing anymore, but my wife doesn't want a dish.

The video processor (DCDi) in my Denon 1909 sucks mightily (especially for me being in a PAL region).

The video processor in my Panasonic G10 plasma is also kind-of sucky (no film mode).

I've also run out of power outlets (and I don't want to run daisy-chain powerboards).

So, I read about this device......it's exactly what I need; heck I'd pay double; I'd also get two

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This little number uses the new HQV Vida chipset? Very interesting...

I'd buy it sight unseen first crack out of the box. Why not for $100?

I bet this has a better chance of coming to the market than that Gefen GTV-HTS Pro box does.

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Sign me up for one too at that price and form factor.
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Sign me up for one too at that price and form factor.

I really see a potential runaway hit here.

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Aside from this intriguing widget, did anyone hear of the VIDA in an AVR or processor?

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Pretty cool. You could use your avr as a switcher and run everything through it. You wouldn't have per input settings of course, but hey for 100 bucks if it works (not buggy) it could be a steal. Can't wait to see some test reports on it. I might buy it just to play with it at that price point.
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Suddenly seems like no-ones interested in this unit anymore> I've actually seen on another thread in this forum a similar prototype chip by a company in japan that developed the proprierty software algorythms for this type of compressed image feedback technology utiling complex mathematical formula's etc> Not sure about moving images, but the image samples showed softer texures with sharper details without losing focus of the entire image, it was like it was photoshopped> examples included details in female hair appeared more textured instead of blurry and smudgy etc. So in some instances the improvements where noticable. But that post was a few years ago and the chip/device was only slated to be distributed for use in late coming dvd players to help improve upconverting capabilities or somthing, and was only available on loan to manufacturers who seeked such technology excluding the retail market.
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Suddenly seems like no-ones interested in this unit anymore

You can't expect much interest when it's still vaporware.
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I actually hope it's marketed as an add on to your video signal, via HDMI connection. Please Hurry.
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You can't expect much interest when it's still vaporware.

Actually, considering that there is no real product yet...I think there's a pretty decent amount of interest.

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I'll buy it.

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I'm glad to see that they're still talking about a $100 price point in the US. I'm on it when (if?) it comes out!
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Any update?
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Yes I am tired of waiting for IDT to ship something.
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I'm still very interested.

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That price point is amazing if it delivers on performance.
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I'm still very interested too, but haven't heard any more information yet. Hope it actually makes it to market--preferably soon!
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I've been searching for a decent NR solution. Essentially I want to try and improve the quality of the video I stream from my Slingbox.

I've read about the various video processors and the chips they include.....and it's a tad confusing smile.gif

I gather the Algolith Flea HDMI would've been a possible good solution but no longer exists.

I've read about Realta, Reon, Vida, VXP, ABT.....

Anyway, the Vida chip looked quite interesting but appeared to only be available inside various high end AVRs....which I'm not interested in. Then I found this thread, and a bit of further searching would suggest that the Vida chip is used inside this neat looking device:

http://www.cypress.com.tw/english/display.asp?id=607

Hard to verify, but the manual includes reference to terms like 'IDT Matchbox' and 'StreamClean' so it sounds like the same chip. IDT own the Vida chip, right?

Has anyone tried one? I have one on order, so I'll post up my thoughts when I get it, if folk are interested....

Any other recommendations for the best NR/enhancement for heavily compressed SD and HD video?

DVDO Edge? Lumagen Mini? Something with Realta like Gefen Tv Scaler Pro or the Denon 602CI, although the latter appears to have been discontinued....and reviews seem non existent for both the last two......?
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I've been searching for a decent NR solution. Essentially I want to try and improve the quality of the video I stream from my Slingbox.

Any other recommendations for the best NR/enhancement for heavily compressed SD and HD video?
Not to put too fine a point on it, but what you are looking for does not exist. frown.gif

All the VPs you mentioned have some capability to reduce discrete types of noise and while each of them have various strengths, there is not a miracle device---especially for heavily compressed video.

You will probably find a very minor improvement with that Cypress device with HQV. The HQV and DVDO products truly excel at de-interlacing and scaling (that was their original design function) and their other capabilities are relatively minor. For example, I have a HQV Vida 1900 in my AVR and it helps some with mosquito noise but it really does not do much for major artifacts found on heavily compressed video. Ditto with my DVDO Edge.

IMHO, your best best is with the Algolith Flea HDMI but even that unit can only do so much.

Out of curiosity, where did you find the Cypress device with HQV?
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Yeah I'm not expecting miracles tbh, just the best that current tech can produce.

When I say heavily compressed I don't mean like some crappy Youtube video or something. SD I get at about 2.6mbps and it's pretty good, just a few artifacts, HD I get at about 3mbps. It's just slightly worse than the equivalent SD or HD satellite broadcasts I suppose, which makes sense given the reduced bitrates in comparison.

I could only find the device for sale in Australia, via this company:

http://www.converters.tv/products/hdtv_to_hdtv/890.html

I haven't been able to find anywhere that lists the Algolith Flea for sale.
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I haven't been able to find anywhere that lists the Algolith Flea for sale.
Yeah, I think you'll only find used units and even then there aren't many out there since it was a low-prodution specialty unit and folks tend to hold onto them.
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