Originally Posted by oferlaor
true enough, but I'd be more excited if this had happened a couple of years ago.
I'm a lot more cynical about HQV's implementation.
You really cannot compare something like Lumagen/PixelMagic/DVDO processor featureset to HQV featureset anymore. The HQV featureset has stayed static while these three companies moved much further.
At this point, I'm confidently able to disagree with this statement. At least as far as PQ factors are concerned (deinterlacing, scaling, noise reduction) Realta not only "compares" but outperforms. With the caveat that I've not seen/tested VXP 9450 (but have owned/extensively tested the 9350 based Anthem AVM50 and ABT 2010-based DVDO Edge) Realta/Denon 602ci is either equal or superior to both ABT 2010 and Gennum/Sigma VXP in the important areas of scaling, deinterlacing, and noise reduction.
Reon (yes, REON) remains the best I've seen at minimizing jaggies with near-diagonal lines with both SD and HD video deinterlacing.
The combination of REON/REALTA appears to provide the ultimate performance in all areas. Therefore, "HQV" as it were, certainly "compares".
Realta/Denon 602ci is only surpassed by any other in one area of performance and that happens to also be by a chip bearing the "HQV" logo (video deinterlacing, slightly bested by REON).
I would love to hear that Gennum/Sigma 9450 has made significant improvements in these areas. I'd particularly be interested in how 9450 performs with the HQV HD film resolution loss test (the 9350 could not pass this test). I understand that some (including Gennum) held that this test "did not matter" as it wasn't "real world material" or was even "biased towards Silicon Optix". However, my own testing shows that most every quality deinterlacing solution out there PASSES this test. This includes Reon, Realta, ABT 2010, Sony, and Pio Kuro.
I would also love to hear the HQV test results of noise reduction on the new VXP 9450 as this was supposedly one of its major upgrades from the 9350.