Originally Posted by DonoMan
If you ask me, with anime (I am a huge anime fan myself and have several hundred anime DVDs), you need a good player with a good deinterlacer built in. If you're using an external component to deinterlace then your deinterlacing is going to affect the subtitles. The subtitles will sometimes get interlaced in order to deinterlace/IVTC the image behind them. And when that's not happening, the subtitles will definitely throw off the deinterlacer a bit when it tries to calculate whether the frame is interlaced or not. If the player itself has the deinterlacer then it will deinterlace before adding subtitles, avoiding that problem. I used to use the 970 and a VP50/Edge (sold the VP50 and bought the Edge because the VP50 didn't have 240p support and the Edge does) for anime as well and that problem I mentioned happened a LOT.
Personally, I use a DVDO Edge for most of my deinterlacing and upscaling. For anime DVDs, I use my PS3 as it is a pretty good deinterlacer. For other DVDs, I use my Oppo 970 and have my Edge do the processing. The Edge is not the best but it's probably not getting replaced anytime soon (and I need its 240p support for my old video game systems anyway). It's okay.
I am glad you brought that up.
I also pondered the effect of subtitles layered over standard definition anime DVD content... hence the effort to compare video quality of subtitles and anime content between AVR video-processing of 480i over HDMI setups and the Oppo 83 player directly connected to the TV.
I paid a lot of attention towards the appearance of subtitles, the crispness of diagonal lines in anime content (often seen in mobile suits) and anime character facial and hair features.
Overall, I am impressed with the Onkyo's QDEO Kyoto G2H, and very impressed with the HQV Vida1900.
It really does feel like I am getting an audio receiver, an HDMI (and other video input) switch, and an excellent deinterlacer and scaler in a single, price-affordble package.
At some point, I would be interested in testing Anchor Bay's 1015 VRS chip found in some Pioneer AVRs, and see how it compares to Anchor Bay's 2010 VRS chip found in the Oppo 83.