Originally Posted by Hilo Hairy
Thank you both. I know the DVDO products are first rate and I intellectually knew that processor boxes have come down into an affordable range. Still, it hadn't quite hit me until you highlighted your own experiences.
If I stick to Bluray and HiDef broadcasts is there enough reason to still buy a a processor? I do realize that this may not be that practical as NetFlix and others are moving more to LoDef streaming on demand:-(
Paul; Thanks for pointing me at the Duo. Didn't know about that unit. Seeing it will drive two screens, is it practical to run a second HDMI about 70 ft. to another room where our other panel will be and switch between setups? Would increase WAF by being able to have one set of sources in a machine room and not need to rent an extra DVR from Comcast.
As for the dual outputs of the Duo, I only use one output and never bothered reading-up on the capability of the second output. I suggest checking the Duo product manual
for more information. As for running HDMI 70 feet I don't know if that may cause problems or not. I suggest checking other forums, etc. I've never tried it.
In terms of whether or not to buy a processor that really depends on how much value you believe you'll get out of it. I do not believe it is a 'one size fits all' proposition as in 'yea, go ahead and get it.' What I can tell you which may help factor in your decision is why I like the Duo. The key capabilities that I like are the color management system with the ability to control greyscale at 11 points and control color gamut - both primaries and secondaries. By properly calibrating the Duo to my plasma the resulting picture is considerably better for all sources. I first calibrated my 65" Panasonic plasma via the service menu to try to get close to ideal. But given my plasma set's limitations to do so via the service menu I wasn't quite happy with the results. Then I calibrated using the Duo and the picture is by far better. And this is easily shown as I can flip the color management off/on on the Duo to see the difference. With the Duo the colors are so much more natural and the gradations from light to dark give a lot more detail than could be obtained from just the plasma's controls. So, regardless of source, HD or SD, I ended up with much better results.
To properly utilize the color management system of the Duo I invested in a meter and related calibration software (An alternative is to have your system professionally calibrated.) In performing the calibration a couple of key things I considered, and certainly not all, was the accuracy of the output device that is generating the patterns required for calibration, and of course the meter. Some blu-ray players can really mess with the data and if used as a source for the calibration patterns you'll never get correct results. However, the Duo has built-in calibration patterns that are correct (at least according to a source here on avsforum). In any case, the topic is vast so again look to the forums for additional information. Meters range anywhere from cheap to brutally expensive with anticipated respective results. And, another key thing to consider is how much control your set has over greyscale and color gamut which may be sufficient to get very good results without the Duo.
The Duo has many other features so check the manual (noted above) to see if there is value there for you.
So, in summary, don't take my word for it, but consider what I've noted above and do additional research if that matters to you.