Originally Posted by Nappy Priest
Hi there - I appreciate the input, but frankly I don't think I follow. Are you suggesting I should set it to pass through the HD material, so that it only upconverts standard TV signals? That still won't resolve the problem that it simply does not enhance the STD TV signal in any way that is better than what my TV does - I've compared the two switching back and forth between the Edge and straight from the cable box (both via HDMI), and I just can't see any difference. Am I understanding you correctly???
Hi Nappy Priest! Okay two different subjects!
1) Std DVD, If you have a player that upconverts and use an HDMI conx to the Edge you will want the Edge to pass that to your display and not do another conversion. If you want the Edge to do the upconvert then you would have your source DVD player do a passthrough to not convert the signal.
If you have a DVD player that does not have a pass-through option then you would need to NOT use an HDMI cable and use component which by default will not convert the signal and pass it to the edge and the edge will convert and pass to your display. Of course if you use the component cable you will also need to add a digital coax for your audio.
I had to do the latter in my situation and run component from my player to my DVDO. The picure looked really bad when both devices were doing a conversion.
2) Satellite box and standard programming. One of the main reasons I bought the DVDO VP20 was to try and make the std program channels look better as the difference between HD and STD was night and day. The result was I too could not tell any difference.
I called Anchor Bay and said I was MAYBE interested in trading my VP20 for the VP50Pro (They have a trade in program gives me a $1000 credit) and I wanted to have better std programming as the VP20 seems to not affect this at all.
Drum roll.........His answer...............
Anchor Bay said that the satellite signals rather than being compressed are actually truncated and that their current technology will not make an appreciable difference. They went on to say however that they have some concepts at work in the lab to address this.
The link above is a video interview with product development manager at Denon talking about their DVP 602ci processor that they claim was intended to address std satellite/cable box programming because that is what most folks are watching till HD conquers all. There is a forum for it and the unit is about $2500.
I hope this helps explain things a bit. I do not claim to be an expert but I do try and understand these things as the investments we make for these products is not trivial and we need to have the right expectations for performance and value or at least I do!!