Originally Posted by glangford
It appears from the specs that the video processor is the same. The 93/95 says Kyoto-G2 with second gen qdeo processing the 103/105 says the same thing but latest gen qdeo processing. The linked spec brochure says all the same stuff for 93/95 as 103105, so what's the difference? DVD upconversion is the one real disappointment with the 93/95, I see nothing in specs anyway to tell me the 103/105 will be any better. I've long lamented getting rid of my 83.
The difference is a couple things: Firmware improvements in how the processors are utilized, and, evidently, a better architecture for how the pieces of the video chain work together. (The Marvell stuff *IS* actually newer than what's in the 93/95, but I don't know that the differences are important to this result.)
Since I don't really know the technical details of HOW they pulled it off, I'll just have to call it "magic".
I've always enjoyed a good magic trick!
As always, keep in mind that there are significant Subjective elements to this stuff. Your mileage may vary, etc., etc.