Originally Posted by tomboyter
Thank You David,
I just wonder if the Toshiba HD-DVD player is enough better at upscaling SD to justify the extra $300 and putting up with the quirks of that new product.
Funny you mention that, because I did A/B comparisons with the RCA HD player (Toshiba rebadge) and 971 a few weeks ago.
Overall, I would say they are very close. The Toshiba is sharper and slightly more defined, however, it shows more digital artifacts. I don't know if these are compression artifacts from the source (disc), or from the scaler/player. But even with reference quality DVDs, I see artifacts on the Toshiba which I don't see on the 971. The Oppo is a bit softer, but smoother and cleaner. The deinterlacing is superior with the Oppo....especially for video-based material. Color rendition and richness of blacks seem about equal for both players. Both players have a very filmlike or "analog" looking image...the Oppo maybe a bit more. Both are excellent.
My advice is this: if you are buying the Toshiba primarily
because of it's SD DVD upscaling capabilities and aren't terribly concerned with actual HD DVD, don't buy it. Save a few hundred dollars and buy the 971...especially since, overall, they are overall pretty close for film-based DVDs.
P.S. The Samsung Blu-ray player does output 1080p, however, it has been speculated that it's not doing it in the most ideal manner.