Originally Posted by mrsmith
IMO, it's not even a close call in the sub-$500 category: Toshiba's XDE600
blows all the others away. To best of my knowledge, it works differently from all competitors. It's a discriminative algorithm that upconverts only that/those portions of an image that need it, to the exclusion of the rest. Additionally, there are three turbo-boost options that put this thing on steroids even. The result on any good standard DVD beats any other I've seen, including upcon from a PS3. Spectacular results on my 65-inch Panasonic plasma. Only available online so far as I can determine. (Should not be confused with the earlier XDE500).
My TV does HDMI and NTSC formats, no 50Hz support tho.
Want to order some PAL DVD's for a bbc tv show.
Will the XDE600 player convert a PAL DVD to play on an NTSC only tv? Perhaps upconvert to an HDMI resolution? If the source is 4:3 can the aspect be maintained thru the upconversion process? Or do I need to get a dvd player with built in hardware pal to ntsc conversion?
Don't recommend Oppo because mainly I play and buy Bluray now, and already have a blu-ray player. This player will not get alot of use, so was hoping to get something for under $100 to accomplish this pal to ntsc conversion. Googling that comes up with all sorts of vendors selling hardware modified players, but they are not very reputable looking companies, never seem to list what the base model of the player is, just come off as suspect fly by night operations.