Originally Posted by insboswiz
Okay, Given the special pricing today, I'm seriously looking at picking one of these up. A couple of questions, though. First of all, one of my sources is a Windows Vista Media Center PC with an NVidia 8600 Video card. Given the fact that I can select whatever output resolution that I wish, will the Edge make any difference in the picture quality coming out of my PC? If so, should I continue to send it a 1080 signal out of the videocard or drop it down a bit?
Question #2 - I'm assuming that I won't get much if any improvement in the picture quality from my Samsung Bluray BD-P2500 when playing BlueRay movies. What about with standard def DVDs or streaming netflix? Should I disable the Samsung's built-in upscaling for lower def sources? Will I notice much of an improvement?
Third, I have a Denon 3808CI receiver. I already know enough to disable to video upscaling for high def sources, but use it for lower def sources such as my Nintendo Wii. Would the Edge make a difference here over the Denon?
Last, my Xbox currently spits out 1080p. If I have an Edge, do I continue to output at 1080P or drop it down in resolution and let the Edge do the upconversion? Anyone who uses an Xbox notice any improvement?
Television is a 46 inch Samsung LCD panel. Can't remember the exact model number, but I picked it up in june of 2007 and it is not one of the 120hz models.
If you want to take a stab at any or all of the above questions, it would be most appreciated.
Well, guess I missed the special this weekend. I didn't get any answers to the questions above and I have had prior experience with Anchor Bay Video Processors. I picked up a VP30 a year and a half ago with the ABT card and tested it out. I could not see much of a difference at the time looking at both DVDs at 480p and output from my cable box at 480i
One of the things that I like about Anchor Bay is that you have a 30 day return window if things don't work out like you hope. Since the Edge is sold through 3rd party retailers, it is not clear whether that 30 day policy is available or not. I don't think that it is.
Too bad though. I can understand that it is much easier to run a demo program on a $2,000 VP than it is to run one on an $800 one, but the problem is that even the $600 special price is too much for me to roll the dice. If I felt that this would make a real, measurable difference, I might try it, but without the ability to return it if it doesn't work, particularly in this economy, I'm going to have to pass.
And yes, I do know that it is an HDMI switcher, but $600 is a bit much to pay for that and my Denon 3808CI seems to do the job nicely right now.