I said "I'd go for an IN76... What did I say in my Statement? I said that going from 1080 to a "bobbed" 540P res. would be throwing away a bunch of pic. info. 1080 to 540. FACT. I said that people were now bitching about WB releasing 1080i bobbed to 540P transfers. FACThttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=683474
I am hardly an Optoma basher. I own the h57. It's a pretty awesome 576P matterhorn chip PJ. Check the H57 thread here to see my assesment of it. Now, I can CLEARLY tell the difference between a 480P or even upscaled to 720P NTSC image and a native 576P PAL image that my oppo. puts out. So yes to me an upgrade to a true 720P PJ, (I can't afford a 1080P) is worth it if I do not have a compromised 1080 signal input. Scaling down then back up? When my h57 NOW displays true 576P? 540P isn't even considered an HD resolution.
I am looking to probably get an HDdvd player soon. Why would I want to reduce it's effective output to 540P when the discs are encoded as 1080P? So for me, it IS worth it.
I expressed surprise that even a guy working at Optoma "doesn't really know"...
That's CS speak for "No, it does not convert to 1080P then downrez. to 720P."
I have read all of the HD72 and IN76 threads and it seems that in almost all cases, the people who went with the Hd72 did it because it was cheaper. Then the free lamp thingy. Question. If the 2 Pj's were the same price, which would you choose? For me, if I am going to bother trying to upgrade which consists of trying to sell my Hd57, I am going to want FULL HD resolution. 1080 bobbed down to 540P and then back up doesn't cut it. Once Pic. info is gone, it's gone. In scaling back up to 720P, the hd72 is "guessing" what pic. info. is there. It's not even getting PAL resolution (576P) to work with. Maybe it's noticeable, maybe not. But for 2K, "I" would rather have the res. than not.