Originally Posted by C-Fine
Just traded in my M15 for a M15HD. Formerly, I was using the M15 for audio only in consort with a DVDO EDGE video processor. With the new M15HD approaching 30 hours of use, I am finding the video processing produces a vastly inferior picture compared to the EDGE. (The audio quality is first class with both digital sources and in analog bypass mode.)
My question is: Will the video quality improve as the unit gets burned-in with time?, or do I have a defective unit?, or is the video processing just not up to par?
To answer your question: Maybe, and, I'm going to torture you with some discourse on the subject before explaining why it's not a yes.
I came from the same exact set-up. I did notice
that the EDGE was better with lower-quality material (Comedy Central, SDTV, Transfers from PC on the TiVo HDXL) but, I think that Instant-Netflix and DVD Quality-on-up looks much better on my calibrated Sharp LC-46LE700UN with the M15HD than with the DVDO Edge. Also, I'm having fewer HDMI handshake issues (read: none) with the M15HD whereas with the Edge, if you don't have it in plug-and-play mode (and get a "solid/saved in non-volatile-memory[hardly the case with poor HDMI/HDCP implementation these days]" HDCP handshake), you might be turning on-and-off components like a bad Christmas light display just to get Audio&Video...
Also, I have a 10-bit, LED-backlit display and the M15HD is MUCH better than the Edge (remember it was a firmware update for deep color...) in the x.v, expanded color-space offered by Blu-ray and my Sony BDP S-550 w/HDMIv1.3. My LED-backlit set oozes color detail. There's a clear difference in color ramps - there's zero noticeable dithering. That's what makes it a superior computer monitor too.
In the end, I agree with you that the DVDO Edge has astounding VP abilities, but I think that if you're consuming going-forward-media on going-forward-equipment, you're better off with the M15HD's Video Processing. Maybe NAD will work with the VP provider to do the reverse of Anchor Bay: release a firmware update to make SDTV-upscale look better
(license Anchor Bay's algos.
j.k. I don't know, Kal might...). Basically, things might get better with software fixes.
P.S. Oh, don't forget the whole modular thing
, you might get a cheap board for the holidays next year. Maybe something better as one of the first M15HD owners (and you came from NAD Masters equipment)