On a related note - I've been doing some tests of 480i out of a 970 into my plasma (5070), and have been less delighted than I expected to be with the results, although it still looks good of course - the color and sharpness seems fine, but I notice considerable combing and other artifacts, which tells me I think that the deinterlacer on the 971 is better than that my plasma (Yes - I tested in ADV mode). I will continue testing this weekend.
And it sounds like in your case, it is probably better than your A2 ? D-Nice has found otherwise, and recommends 480i out via HDMI when you can get it as it means one less conversion that the plasma has to do - basically your plasma will be the only point doing scaling and deinterlacing.
p.s. one other note - it is really hard to do (for me at any rate!) but I am trying hard to balance the scientific numbers with my intuition for what 'feels' to be a better picture to me. And ultimately that is the most important thing you should shoot for regardless (but taking into account to some degree of course) of the spec numbers. Trust your instinct and you will be fine.
Originally Posted by nred1
I was running 720p out of the 971 and 720p out of the A2 although 1080i did not exhibit much difference on the A2 to me with my display.
I did find that the HQV tests actually improved when I used 480i out of the A2. But on all other output resolutions they were the same. (pretty bad)
I really wanted to use this player as my "universal player" but until somebody can shed some light on this or replicate my results I may continue using the 971 for SD.