I usually don't post as I find answers to my questions by digging through the MANY posts on this forum..but here is my question:
I just bought a Samsung HL-S5086W DLP (Amazon $1159 Shipped!) that replaced a Philips 30" inch CRT HDTV. Initially with the Philips I hooked up my old Sony (5yr old) non-progressive scan DVD player through component and it looked not to good. I also have a modded Xbox with XBMC that is progressive scan and is supposed to be a fairly decent upconverting DVD player as well that I then hooked up. Instantly I could see an improvement with DVD's at 480 P and even more at 1080i through the Xbox.
After integrating the Samsung DLP into my A/V setup I set Xbox to upconvert to 720P and the picture looked good. Even though the modded Xbox with XBMC is extremely functional I was getting frustrated with a few things
- Finicky DVD drive
- FF & Rewind Shaky at best
- Extreme de-interlacing issues with previews..none with the movie though..weird, I know!
- Randomly shutdown at times (overheat)
I could go on...Because of these issues I have begun researching heavily about up-converting dvd players. After doing some more research I decided to hook up the old Sony through component to the Sammy DLP to see how it would upscale dvd material. As I said earlier the Sony is not progressive scan so it's sending a 480i signal through component to the Samsung DLP with Film Mode enabled. Lo & behold the picture was as good if not better than the modded Xbox upconverted image! From my understanding this is why I think it is:
"Film Mode" is a Samsung's term for 3:2 Pulldown, so no need for progressive scan.
The Sumsung scales the image to 720p, and very well from what I can tell.
I was looking at either purchasing one of the Oppo's or the Onky 404 model (refurb at Shop Onkyo is going for $84 right now) but am really on the fence if the money would be well spent. Do upscaling dvd players really make that much of a difference with newer hdtv's? I know with my older Philips the upconversion of the Xbox made a huge improvement in pq but I'm just not seeing it compared to the scaling done by the newer Samsung DLP. I'm not ready to pick a winner in the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray war yet but I do want to get the most out of my new tv and my current DVD collection. Any advice would be great, thanks!