I can think of a few Pioneer players not mensioned in this thread that output 480i via HDMI. In 2006, North America had the Elite DV-46AV while the rest of the world had the DV-696AV. In 2007, North America had the Elite DV-48AV and Elite DV-58AV while the rest of the world had the DV-600AV and DV-LX50 (as known as the DV-800AV in Japan). In 2008, North America had the Elite DV-49AV while the rest of the world had the DV-610AV. I believe all these players used the MediaTek MT1389EXE, one of the best CPUs for this kind of device. All of these players were capable of 480i and DSD via HDMI--perfect SD transports! I own the Elite DV-58AV and Elite DV-49AV. I'll admit that Blu-ray with its 1080p/24Hz and lossless audio codecs is the best way to watch a movie. However, the features, functionality, speed, responsiveness, wide file compatibility, and load time of these Pioneer DVD players are something that I'll never forget. As I am posting this, I am now considering keeping those DVDs I bought Blu-ray editions of. While I prefer the picture and sound quality of Blu-ray, it's as if the functionality of watching DVD titles in these players is so enjoyable that it's outweighing the quality of Blu-ray.
Edited by Big C - 7/27/13 at 9:16pm