Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Glen Arm, (Baltimore) MD
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Congrats on your new home. Today's video choices are bewildering, as you have noted. One of the issues is with the "upconverting". The picture signal is converted , IMO, too many times along most folk's signal paths, degraded a bit each time a conversion takes place. You want your picture messed with as few times as possible on its way to your display.
Almost all of the video components today offer some sort of upconversion. Some do it well, some horribly. When they are combined, PQ is often worsened.
One would think that a dedicated display device, like a top quality DVD player that did upconversion, would pay more attention to the pic quality than would a receiver that also did conversion. I let my Denon 2910 do the upconversion on my DVDs and simply turn the upconversion features off on the receiver, which in this case acts as only a video switch. Same with the input from my HD Tivo unit.
Depending on the resolution of your new screen, what your sources send it might not match the screen size pixel for pixel, and then yet another conversion takes place!
But lets think about what you are upconverting for a second, and just how it is accomplished. Standard definition source material on a HD display often looks crummy, no matter how you convert it. Plus, the converter is making guesses on what the pixels in between the SD resolution and the upconverted rez should look like - this is sometimes WORSE than just displaying the SD resolution on its own.
I find that SD sources look best on my set when displayed in 480p, vs 720 or 1080.
There will be very little need to convert a HD signal, most people can't really tell the diff between 720p and 1080i anyway.
DVDs do benefit from upconverting, SOMETIMES. I find that a 720p upconversion looks great on my plasma, but the 1080 isn't so great.
Anyway, you have a lot more to think about, but I wouldn't put your eggs in the receiver/video conversion feature. Probably better money spent on source components.