Originally posted by gshelley61
Also, the instructions clearly state that upscaling to 720p or 1080i through the component outs is automatically reduced to 480p when playing copy protected DVD's - regardless of what the player is set at. Hell, that's really no different than the Bravo... the D1 will also allow upscaling through it's component outs if the DVD you are playing is not copy protected (like a ripped DVD-R copy of a commercial DVD, for example). Are you all sure this machine is really upscaling copy protected DVD's? How can you be sure it's not your HDTV actually doing the upscaling from 480p?
I think those instructions are ********. I'm getting 1080i from 480p through component no problem. I tried upscaling from 480p to 1080i just using my projector before I hooked up the Zenith and the results were pretty bad - for one thing, the proportions were all off and I got a big blue band at the bottom of the screen ...
With the Zenith, everything looks great at 1080i. I know it is putting out a 1080i signal rather than reverting back to a 480p signal, because if I tell it to upconvert to 1080i, then select 480p on my projector, the image is all screwed up, wrong proportions, etc. But if I select 1080i on the projector, I'm good to go ...
From reading your post it sounds like you are only using DVI? The consensus on this DVD player is that 1080i upconversion through component is the way to go, not DVI.
I will say that the picture offers a nice improvement, but not THAT much better than 480p. It's not like going from VHS to DVD, for instance. And it very much depends on the picture quality of the individual DVD ... on some it may even make things look worse, if they look bad to begin with.