Originally Posted by jackal2001
Like I said, I didn't see any difference, so I was wondering why they even advertise it. I don't know. It is my first experience with a receiver that has HDMI on it.
I don't have a stand alone bluray player, but a lot of those also advertise 1080p upconversions from standard dvds as well. Do they do the same thing? Only advertise it and not actually do anything that you can see???
I'm just curious.
The video chip in the 1019 is the Faroudja chip, which was the state of the art as of two or three years ago. The electronic world proceeds apace, so the new chips that are out now (OPPO BDP-83 Blueray player and Denon 1910 AVR both using the ABT chip comes to mind) are better.
The upconversion from dedicated devices, like vanilla DVD players that can do upscaling to 1080p, or high quality HDTV's are bound to be better than a general purpose device that is mostly geared to do sound processing, as the 1019. I think that the 1019 does a good job at upconversion, but there are others that do better in the video chain.
Even when the 1019's upconversion is better, the difference may not be enough to merit notice. If you're used to a $70 DVD player that does a mediocre job of upconversion, the 1019 may do it much better, but not to the degree that we'd pay an extra $300 just for that.
It is also dependent on what you are viewing it on. If you have a smaller screen (42" or below), the difference may not be that visible, since any kind of upscaling will be pretty good. Even 480p will look good. The other effects of good upscaling (color, etc.) may make a difference here, but again, in a smaller screen, the difference may not make much difference to you. On a larger display, the better processing both of the chip and the software that a good company comes into play. People who have larger displays or projectors really benefit.
I have a middling display (47" first generatio Vizio 1080p) that does benefit from upscaling (I have an HD-A35 that does this well), but the latter versions of Vizios may be better at this. I know that now the reigning king of upconversion is OPPO, so I am awaiting my BDP-83 for blueray and upscaling.
When I bought the 1019, the upscaling was not important to me. The only thing that could benefit from it is my wii game box - the most important was good sound processing, especially the advanced codecs from Blueray and HD-DVD (True-HD, DTS-HD-MA).
The important thing, I think is to pick what you value. I could live without any upconversion in the 1019, but it is part of the package, so....