Join Date: Sep 2006
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Be aware that the Optoma does not handle 240p, so for legacy gaming you need to convert 240p to something the Optoma will accept--like VGA 640x480. I do this with an XRGB2+.
Unfortunately all our experiences are relative. One individual can claim a processor produces horrible results (and to them it IS horrible) while another person might a) not see any difference or b) think it looks better than the alternative.
If you take a look at Fudoh's site and examine the license plate comparison of Outrun; that's a pretty good indication of the differences you'll see between an EDGE and the HD3000.
Not mind-blowing, but certainly noticeable.
As for bugs, it seems I need to perform a factory reset about once a month, and I need to power it down and back up daily to get it to handshake with the rest of my gear. Minor really, but certainly wife-poison. Hence its status as retro-gaming box and not "our tv depends on this" box.
Overall, I would guess more people would be happy with a (non-defective) EDGE to be quite honest. You've got to have a serious hate-on for ringing to consider the HD3000. And even then you need gear before it to feed it anything sourced from 240p.
I've thrown over $800 at the XRGB2+/HD3000 chain and don't regret it, but everyone has different expectations...
Oh, and I don't know what systems you plan on using, but certainly try to get a SCART/RGB setup. THAT makes a tremendous difference. There is no comparing s-video SNES to RGB SNES. I would bet that moving to RGB would be a bigger visual improvement that the difference between ABT and Gennum scaling.