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I have a co-worker that keeps asking me why would he buy a Blu-ray player when he can get a upconvert DVD player for a lot less money. I have a Panny blu-ray, but have never played a regular DVD in it. So I could not tell him what the PQ difference would be. He was looking at a Phillips brand from Wal-Mart and it advertises to upconvert to 1080p.
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I have a co-worker that keeps asking me why would he buy a Blu-ray player when he can get a upconvert DVD player for a lot less money. I have a Panny blu-ray, but have never played a regular DVD in it. So I could not tell him what the PQ difference would be. He was looking at a Phillips brand from Wal-Mart and it advertises to upconvert to 1080p.

Why not just try yours? Regardless this has been covered many times. Just use the search.
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I have a co-worker that keeps asking me why would he buy a Blu-ray player when he can get a upconvert DVD player for a lot less money. I have a Panny blu-ray, but have never played a regular DVD in it. So I could not tell him what the PQ difference would be. He was looking at a Phillips brand from Wal-Mart and it advertises to upconvert to 1080p.

What size HDTV screen does he have and how far back does he sit. The truth is Blu-Ray blows away upconverting players depending on the encode. I would have a hard time recommending an upconverting player over a BD player at this point in time. If price is a major concern for your coworker just tell him to wait. BD player prices will continue to drop and there will be a rash of new models coming out over the next few months with even lower prices. He may also find some great clearance prices on older models.
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SD DVDs are 480i. Yes, upconverting makes them look better, but not as good as a true high def DVD (either BluRay or HD-DVD, which is 1080p native). Ask your coworker if he/she has ever actually compared them (I have, and the difference is obvious).
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Since this topic has come up many times before, I'm going to ask that you use one of the existing threads.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ight=upconvert

There are others too using advance search, title search only. Best search words are upconvert, upconverting or upconversion.

Thanks
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