Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg
Ok reading the manual doesn't clarify this next question for me.
I want the television to do all the video processing. I don't want the onkyo to touch the signal. (Or do I? Does it do a good job of up scaling?))
If that's the case do I want direct? Or through?
Thanks in advance
This Onkyo has superb video processing. I have a Samsung 1080p upscaling DVD player set to output at 480p so the Onkyo handles the 1080p upscaling and some noise removal (set to low) I have to say I am very impressed with the picture, much better than what the DVD player or my LG BD550 can do.
Here's some more info on the subject -
"While many folks think of the "V" in "A/V" receiver strictly in terms of switching different sources, the TX-NR809 goes beyond to offer a combination of Marvell Qdeo and IDT's HQV Vida video upscaling and processing circuits onboard. Vida offers upscaling of all 480i/p, 576p, and 720p video sources to full 1080p. The Vida processor incorporates Auto HQV and HQV StreamClean to enhance video images in real time and eliminate noise common to compressed web videos. These lower quality sources intended for small screen computer viewing are being viewed more frequently on larger screens in the home theater now thanks to internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players, be it free YouTube clips or paid Netflix subscriptions. So the ability to clean these up is a welcome enhancement.
If you're starting out with higher quality video sources, HQV Vida incorporates multi-cadence tracking, expanded twelve-bit color processing and four-field motion-adaptive de-interlacing, noticeably improving the quality of both standard- and high-definition video images. Qdeo, meanwhile, goes even further to apply full 4K (3840x2160) upscaling of 1080p source signals, if you have a compatible 4K display. Granted, my ability to properly evaluate the Qdeo performance was limited on my lowly 1080p Samsung plasma panel.
Tucked away within the sub-menus for Source Setup - Picture Adjust are a host of user-selectable Picture Modes. Custom offers a list of video tweaks comparable to what we would see on a state-of-the-art display, including Edge Enhancement, separate Noise Reduction, Mosquito Noise Reduction, Random Noise Reduction and Block Noise Reduction settings, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Color Temperature, Gamma, and individual adjustments for the Red, Green and Blue contrast. Most of these can be set not merely to On or Off but to Low, Medium and High. We can even adjust the size/width of the image at the receiver, before it gets from the source to the display.
Someone who knows what he's doing and is willing to devote the time to the necessary trial and error can achieve some pretty amazing results, but we can also take some handy shortcuts. Dedicated Cinema, Game and Streaming modes automatically set many of the above-mentioned criteria to prescribed levels, thereby locking out most of the other adjustments in this section. Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) Day and Night modes also assure optimal, guess-free, professional-quality calibration memory presets for either lighting environment in just a few clicks. Here again, most of the adjustable video settings are locked out to the end user once they are set, to unerringly enforce the ISF's strict standards and assure that your (or your professional calibrator's) carefully derived settings are not accidentally altered or deleted. ISF video calibration technology has never before been available at such an attainable price point. The ISF feature allows for individual calibration of each source input--so a videogame console is not tweaked to the same levels as, say, the Blu-ray player--but we are strongly encouraged to employ an ISF-trained technician for any serious adjustments.
I've been generally pleased with the performance of my DISH ViP722 receiver on 720p HD channels, but TV viewing is improved even further with the HQV and Marvell's help, purging that slight digital edge to the image that I'd grown used to. Not surprisingly, the HQV processing also blew away the company's DVD and Blu-ray demo discs. Tiny lines, stable! Subtle transitions, smooth! Jaggies are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, both on test patterns (SD and HD) and real-world video. Detail is crisp and natural, some of these tests looking better than I can recall on previous gear reviews. Both Noise Reduction and Motion-Adaptive Noise Reduction were clearly effective as well.
I've still yet to see any enhancement of DVD playback that truly puts it on a par with Blu-ray, but I will say that my go-to standard-def discs (notably Gladiator) benefited from the additional video processing, rendering a clean, stable image, noticeably better than how it looks at 480p. My usual Blu-ray suspects (the lush Sleeping Beauty, the gritty Blade Runner et. al) meanwhile looked more vibrant, more filmic, if sometimes subtly so but always in a natural, pleasing fashion." - http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Onkyo-TX-NR809-Receiver-Review.shtml