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The source is 480i, so regardless of how you send it, there should theoretically be no magical improvements in picture. Whether you send the DVD to the TV in 720p or 1080i, guess what? The original source was in 480i. Garbage in, garbage out.
BUT, however, some people *may* notice an improvement when using an upscaling DVD player not because it utilizes 720p/1080i upscaling, but perhaps there is better electronics inside that enables the DVD player to better pass the signal to the TV (i.e. the HDMI cable send information digitally, and digital signals are either legible or not for the TV, contrary to analog signals traveling along a wire, which may alter the analog signals in which the TV will still unsuspectedly accept).
For you, the best way to go would be to use your own eyes, and compare between 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i all sent to your TV. Use a still image from a DVD if you must, and focus on the color, sharpness, and contrast to that of your best liking.
Back to my broken 55XS saga----
The technician from Captain Video (thank goodness they are very reputable) came over last Monday but turns out that he brought the wrong lamp unit. He thought I had a 60XBR. Not his fault, however, and turns out it was Best Buy's fault - they faxed him not only incorrect information about the TV I purchased but also an incorrect address that sent him going to the wrong apartment. Incredibly disappointing. If the dumbasses at Best Buy don't know how to transpose from paper to computer, or from one computer to another, then damn, why not just cut/paste or simpler yet, why not just transfer the entire record from one computer to another?
So now I have to wait another week or so for the correct parts to be ordered b Captain Video. I guess I might even have to miss upcoming HD events, including HD movies on ABC and FOX this weekend. I wanted to watch Independence Day (think that's FOX) this Sunday...never watched that movie and it sure sounds like a good movie to watch in HDTV with my surround sound setup.
EDIT: The technician says that he has seen many Sonys fail prematurely not because of a fault in the lamp unit, but something due to a 'lamp driver'. He actually looked at my lamp unit, and said nothing's wrong with it and it's not burnt out. I suspected it wasn't burnt out because I recall the image fading back onto my screen for a moment. So new parts for me: lamp driver and lamp unit. Technician also said most TVs perform better with the new lamp driver...I'll have to see about this.
There's too much blood in my alcohol system...