Originally Posted by Jeff Smith
I didn't look through all 12 pages of posts, but ndidn't see your comments till now. What PC setup do you have, and how is DVD PQ compared to your VP30? That's one of the more "affordable" scalers I've seen.
Good thing you didn't - I hadn't weighed in, cuz I wasn't sure if the VP30 qualified as affordable - I've been waiting for over a year, before dropping that kind of coin.
P4 2.8 nonHT, Asus board,1 gig ram. ATI Radeon 9600 Pro - 256meg ram. TDK dvd burner. I would slightly disagree with some of the above, re dvd transports - my TDK has some problems with some disks, that my Sony dvd-rom plays fine.
PQ - with my rig, I'd give the nod to the VP30 on dvds, but this could be because I have NOT installed and gotten all of the tweaks running that are in the other 12 pages with my HTPC. I have mainly tried Powerdvd and the ATI dvd player; Dscaler is installed, but I don't have TT for a software player, and I haven't played with all the filters, nor have I used ffdshow. So yeah, I'd say you could get at least 90% of the pq I get from the VP30 by using my HTPC - tweak it to death, upgrade video cards (I have an X700 just waiting to be put in) and you can probably get to the point where you can fool yourself that either one is better, while watching program material on a well-mastered dvd.
Cavaet/disclaimer - I have not sat down and analyzed test patterns off Avia - my conclusions are purely from subjective viewing. Dvds looked nice on my HTPC - no complaints, but I did not get the WOW factor I keep reading about on this forum. When I connected the VP30, I was amazed at how good dvds looked. To my eyes, the VP30 simply was a bit more transparent, making a dvd played on a Denon 1600 look virtually indistinguishable from a good HD feed. (Which is also improved by the VP30, but that wasn't what you asked.)