Originally posted by Dilbert1
I am planning to pull the trigger on the Qualia 006, perhaps today.
I was planning on also getting a Denon3910 DVD player based on
comparisons I did with other players at the store. The Denon clearly
had a better picture (edge detail was smooth and free of jagged lines).
Is the Denon a good choice or am I throwing away money if it is better
to have the Qualia do the scaling and whatever else?
If you decide to order the Qualia, you won't be sorry. I smile and shake my head in amazement everytime I turn my set on. You won't see that "flat" look you mentioned regarding DLP. SXRD images have much more depth. You may have seen my earlier posts that I work in televsion production and watch 1080p on studio monitors every day - been there, done that. But the size and image quality of the Qualia 006 has impressed even a jaded old-timer like me!
I'd advise you to think twice about spending big bucks on a standard definition DVD player. In a year or so you'll be done with it because high definition DVD will be here. Regardless of format, those HD players are probably backward compatible and will play your current DVD's just fine. Consider the Sony NS975V or Panasonic S97. Both are fine medium priced players with digital HDMI connections to the Qualia you may soon own. And per Rogo's advice (see quote below) ... don't let the DVD player scale up DVD video to 1920 x 1080. The scaler in the Qualia 006 is better than the ones in most DVD players. I see a big difference in video quality when my Sony player is not scaling. The Qualia contains Sony's newest and more expensive scaling technology and does a fantastic job of it.
Originally posted by rogo
(a) People have an irrational love for upconverting DVD players when the key is >>digital output<< not internal scaling.
(b) Most of the upconverting DVD players out today are considered dreadful by videophiles. Check out the DVD Players section to learn all the bugaboos.