In summary I am a happy camper. The most visible improvement to me over the VP50pro is the lack of aliasing in the upconversion. There is a post on the Black Magic forum where the VP50pro was said to be sharper. I don’t see that but again I pre-enhance on the SD side and I also have a Darbee on the output. I will say the enhancement facilities in the Teranex are limited.Pros:
Very good upconversion. Beats the DVDO VP50pro IMO, have not compared to a newer Lumagen. This is what the Teranex product line is known for.
Very good cadence repair capabilities. Much faster detection and smooth real time fix than the VP50pro.
Fully supports HD PsF formats.
Full Proc amp built in with limited RY/BY color correction.
Hue control works on all formats, not just composite.
Easy setup due to many direct access front panel buttons as well as a small GUI screen built in with minimal menu levels.
Has the UltraScope built in via an Apple Thunderbolt connection. This however requires a souped up Win7/64 PC with a gaming grade graphics card at 1920x1080/1200 to display the scope.
Unit can dump uncompressed HD and SD to disk as well as playback via the Thunderbolt connection. Of course it’s up to the user to have fast and deep enough storage to make this practical.
Embedded audio is supported in both SDI and HDMI.
No fans, only 6 inches deep in the rack. Reasonable heat generation.
This is a broadcast quality unit with most of the handles and features one would need.
Software / firmware is user upgradable. I believe however the scaler core is an ASIC and not upgradable like the Lumagen is.
Killer price point.Cons:
No HDMI HDCP support. I verified that and it’s a fact.
Lot’s of lights on the front panel – not good for inside an HT room.
No input switching. Must be done externally.
Enhancement facilities are very basic - a simple sharpness control that appears to be an HF peaking filter not an edge enhancer.
Only 4 audio channels supported in analog. (8 with AES or SDI/HDMI embedded video)
Long 20 second delay when switching modes.
No external remote capabilities – and no IR either. SDK is supposed to be coming but this still will not be an average DIY job. Does have RS232, Ethernet, and USB ports so the hardware is there for remote control.
Basically just a very good upconverter for SD sources. Some value as a good 1080i deinterlacer as well but if you don't have meny legacy SD sources, you really don't need a unit like this.Summary:
This is not an HT friendly unit at all. Honestly the cons far outweigh the conversion quality benefits in a typical HT.
But for a "geek" HT like mine, it's a great processor. I'll be keeping it.Glimmie's HT Processor History:
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I do use a legacy Digital Vision DVNR in front of the Teranex for SD sources via SDI. I also use a broadcast decoder for composite sources. This thing really cleans up the SD video so my evaluation is perhaps a bit skewed due to this pre-processor. However I also used this in front of my previous processors as well so my comparison still has some validity.