|Originally posted by Rob Kramer
Faroudja is still the best de-interlacer. There are some macroblocking issues with the latest chipsets, however, their effect varies widely depending upon what type of display is being used.
For every line-item that Faroudja does wrong (macroblocking), there are 100 more line-items that it does right. Other de-interlacers may not have a macroblocking issue, but there are a lot of "other" issues that they fail at.
Theoretically, you've presented a sound argument. However, with respect to my question, it says nothing. No offense, but I want particulars. The touted 59Avi does not use Faroudja -- but is very well reviewed and makes their owners very happy. After having seen one, I see why. Tell 59AVi owners their player could be better -- because it doesn't have Faroudja -- and I bet most of them would laugh at you after you walked out the door. This is by no means an insult. Rather it would be a reflection of what I perceive to be their level of satisfaction -- even in a non-Faroujda world!
Certainly, I don't have my head in the sand. I know Faroudja is the "holy grail" of de-interlacing. While I haven't researched the de-interlacer used in the Sony, I haven't seen any de-interlacing errors. The picture seems superb on the material I've seen so far. Also, the unit offers a 480i output which means the de-interlacer can be bypassed if desired.
I have to assume your response comes more from the theoretical than the practical -- especially if you don't own (or haven't seen) both players! My personal view is: if one has to be "trained" to see the level of de-interlacing errors that are present in this crop of players, then I'd say de-interlacing is way down the list as a deciding factor -- especially when other issues can be much more distracting.
This isn't to say Paul's de-interlacing comments are unfounded, just unexplained and unsupported at this point. And, I am not hoping for one player to prove superior to the other. I'd just like to read the particulars.