Originally Posted by EricM407
I don't think there's a general answer. How good (or bad) the 480p player in question is will have a huge impact on that. But, if we just assumed the A2000 had equivalent deinterlacing, the way you set the DRC Palette would still have a huge impact on clarity/blur/grain/etc. My guess is you could tweak it to make the picture as soft as the 480p output from the player. Or tweak it more moderately if you think it's slightly too edgy. It'll go from really, really blurry to really, really nasty and edge-enhanced looking.
Basically what I'm saying is if you think the A2000 deinterlaces as well, sending 480i gives you options for customization that you don't have with a 480p input. I kind of like things to look good without spending a lot of time messing with them, so I'd find a player that would at least do 480p in a way superior to anything the A2000 can do and forget about it. That's just me though.
Thanks again. Yeah, what I really need is a decent upconverting player. But after a lot (about 5 hours) of trial and error, I figured out the best arrangement for this player with this set. And I owe it all to Gandalf's nose.
To explain: I'd ben futzing with the various DRC and NR settings with the 480i input, and found one that looked great with busy action (the opening of SWE3; the arrival of the Rohirrim in ROTK). I checked it against some test patterns, and found a fair, but with NR on high, acceptable amount of in high-detail patterns (e.g., the upper end of the line bar in the THX optimizer). I'm noticing a little more blur and intermittent smearing of fine details on things like faces, but still think it's OK compared to the 480p signal. And then, as Frodo awakens in Rivendell at the end of ROTK (I was double-checking contrast; the fade and glow elements in that scene really let you know when the whites are too hot), I let the scene play out. Close-up on Gandalf. It looks like his nose is buzzing, crawling, shifting, like sand.
So, I switch back to progressive, set the "detail enhancer" (that I had forgotten about as an option for tweaking in 480p) to medium, set noise reduction to low, and lo and behold: not only a stable wizard's nose and rock-solid high-detail patterns, but an image in every case with all the clarity and depth of the slightly-tweaked 480i but none of the smearing, blur, or noise. So apparently, the player's 480p signal was deemphazising the particular high-frequency details that the TV's detail enhancer emphasizes, and the player, as it turns out, does a better job of deinterlacing than the TV. Go figure. At the end of the day (and literally after a week of intermittent tweaking and testing), I'm now thrilled and stunned by the SDDVD images on this set...until I watch HD network programming, which is often too beautiful for words and makes my DVD collection cry softly in their inferiority.
At any rate, thanks again for all input. I ought to be done tweaking, for now at least.