|Originally posted by smyth22
re LD question above. I am currently using a LT150 projector with no processor (not great for LDs). I hope to upgrade to the HT1100 when it comes out. So I am looking for a processor which will help in the short term and maybe even improve matters further when I upgrade to the new NEC. I would also be running satellite HD and SD through the processor but I understand your previous comments on SD so I am not expecting huge improvement there.
First of all, the iScan HD should easily interface to your projector. The standard XGA resolution provided should work okay, although you may need to set the colorspace and sync settings to what the LT150 likes.
The iScan will certainly have much better scaling and aspect ratio conversion than the LT150. Aspect ratio conversion may not be important to you right now since LD and the LT150 are both 4:3 native (unless you have some of the very few 16:9 laserdiscs or are using an anamorphic lens), but everything you watch on the projector has to be deinterlaced and then scaled from 480i to the native XGA resolution of the projector. The scaler quality in the iScan HD should definitely help you out here.
I'm not sure what deinterlacer the LT150 uses, but the 504 in the iScan should do a fine job on laserdiscs that were sourced from film. If the LT150's deinterlacer does not have 3:2 PD detection, then you should notice a big improvement in image quality due to the iScan's film-source detection.
Laserdiscs tend to have a fairly high chroma noise level. Switching on the iScan's chroma filter should help some one this, but it won't be a huge improvement. (As I recall, the 703 player has some type of DNR, but I don't know how well this works.)
When you move to the 1100, you can switch to the iScan's DVI output to drive the projector. This should give you a performance boost since it eliminates a pair of analog/digital conversions. If your STB has a DVI output, you can use that to feed the iScan, so you'll maintain an all-digital signal path from the STB to the projector. I would imagine the scaler in the 1100 is much better than that in the LT150, so you may not see as much improvement with the iScan's scaling there. I haven't heard much yet about the new deinterlacer in the 1100, so I don't know how that compares to the iScan.
Now, I haven't actually seen any of these equipment combinations, so this is to some extent speculation on my part. What really matters is whether it looks better to you. I can guess, but only you can tell for sure.
- Dale Adams