WOW, I think this is the first scaler that offers true DVI with native rate. AFAIK, no other scaler claims native rate through DVI. Definitely not for all these screens.
OK, I'm REALLY happy I didn't get a scaler until now, this really looks like it's the one for me!!! Having a NEC display with DVI, and a DVD player with SDI, it looks like a completely digital path is finally available to me!
Couple of issues on my list:
1. SVideo, any reason why you guys are using BNC over standard SVideo connectors? I know those connectors a shoddy. I can also understand why you used BNCs on LEEZA (you needed 75 Ohm connectors, since the same connectors could be used as several types of inputs). However, I don't see the logic of using BNCs over regular SVideo connectors on this particular product. BTW, I think that Extron is the only other company except KeyDigital that uses BNC connectors for SVideo transmission...
2. The patters from AVIA and the built in patterns serve a completely different function. The idea (pioneered by Mark Rejhon with his HTPC patterns) is a simple set of patterns (the original was 1 set) that basically allow you to calibrate the HTPC (in this case the scaler) to native rate. You basically adjust the width, height, position, dot frequency and dot clock so that there are no bands (i.e., that a single pixel on the scaler is a single pixel on the screen). It was using these patterns that I ended up figuring out that that Rock was unable to produce native rate on my Fujitsu and I ended up returning it. Basically, I used three patterns to deduce this - the alternating vertical and alternating horizontal to calibrate horizontal and vertical position) and the alternating point to verify the bands were gone.
On some projectors (e.g., DILA), this is critical to produce a reasonable picture, it's almost impossible to calibrate it to a scaler without them. This is why the Rock had such an edge on DILA projectors.
I will also email a copy of this directly to Mike.
almost all the features that were on the LEEZA are here (and ALOT more). The main things they removed were audio switching (not sure how critical that feature is, since most people switch that through their A/V receivers) and the number of inputs has changed.
If you need alot more inputs (although the new specs appear to be more than enough for anyone) you can use KeyDigital's new switcher.