Quote:Only if your display is throwing away resolution or otherwise filtering chroma. The improved chroma upscaling in MadVR should definitely be noticeable.
Same goes for the 16-bit YCC > RGB conversion process which should eliminate any banding not in the source. Many players don't use enough precision when converting to RGB and can introduce banding.
But many displays (particularly Plasma or DLP) introduce banding, so you don't see the benefit of it.
Quote:The benefits can be easily shown and measured. It's anything but placebo.
But if you are less discerning, or your display is not capable of showing the improvements it makes, then it might not be worthwhile. Or you may see the differences and not care.
Admittedly if you are not upscaling above 1080p, you may not notice the difference with Blu-ray. It's very obvious in my setup though.
MadVR 1080p chroma
Other 1080p chroma
Check the smoothness of the letters and brightness of thin areas. Text in MadVR is sharper with smoother diagonals and has a uniform brightness.
Gradation is much smoother in MadVR.
Downscaling HD or upscaling DVDs is a huge improvement over any other player and very easy to show.
I don't have any 720p footage as I only use my Blu-rays and DVDs with it, but the difference should be easy to tell.
The other improvements of MadVR are difficult to show off in screenshots rather than in motion.
Edited by Chronoptimist - 12/3/12 at 11:14pm