Originally Posted by LarryChanin
Yes, there are many folks with large standard DVD collections and standard DVDs will continue to outsell the high definition formats for a long time. However, I should remind you that for those folks who wish to upconvert their standard DVD collections, they are going to have to upgrade at least one of their TVs and players to have DVI or HDMI connections anyway.
Most consumers have more than one TV, and usually the typical consumer will gradually replace their TVs and associated equipment. So once the primary TV is replaced with an HDTV with DVI or HDMI, now it makes sense to purchase an inexpensive upconverting DVD player (or a reasonally priced high definition player with upconversion capabilities). Once this decision is made, there is less of a burning need to start a completely new collection, and the investment in standard DVDs is preserved for many years. Not everyone has a large display. For smaller HDTVs the consumer may not see much of a difference between upconverted standard DVDs and high definition discs. For them it may make more sense to continue to purchase most of their discs in the less expensive standard format, converting it to near-HD quality.
Once again I agree with you but, I also own the HELIOS H4000 HD Upscaling DVD Player and it does upscale standard DVD's up to 1080p through component inputs. Here is a little description if you are not already familiar with this player-
"The sleekest 1080p upscaling DVD player that's guaranteed to bring edge to your home theater.
The HELIOS H4000 HD Upscaling DVD Player is possibly the only player in the market that can bring your home theater images to a stunning 1080p HD resolution through HDMI and component outputs, and what more, through VGA/RGB-HV outputs as well.
With 10 different resolutions to choose from, the H4000 upscales not only your standard DVD titles, but also "home-made" DVDs, not to mention MPEG4 formats such as DivX and XviD stored in your CDRs and DVDRs. Its VGA/RGB-HV outputs even give you the ability to upscale to 1080p on your projectors. And with 576i video output via HDMI, the H4000 is ideal for your external video scalers.
* Playback format options:
* MPEG4(DivX, Xvid, MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4) video file file playback.
* 1080p support via HDMI and Component.
* Hi-Def output options via Component interface in 720p,1080i and 1080p
* Hi-Def output options via VGA/RGB-HV interface is 640x480,800x600,1024x768, 1280x1024, 480P,720P and 1080i.
* Hi-Def output options via DVI(via HDMI to DVI cable) interfaces.
* 576i video output via HDMI for external video scalers.
* NTSC 720P/1080i/1080p support at 60hz
* PAL 720P/1080i/1080p support at 50hz"
It truly does live up to their claims. I played three standard DVD movies upscaling to 1080i with this Unit and then played the same three Titles in HD DVD format on the A2 and I had a pretty hard time telling the difference. I have the following three movies in both formats - Mission Impossible, We Were Soldiers and King Kong. I used my wife for an unbiased opinion. She is not into "Hi Tech Gear" but as an Interior Decorator she has a good eye for a clean, sharp and vibrant picture. I played the same scene for each movie on both players and she picked the HELIOS twice for better picture quality - Mission Impossible and We Were Soldiers. She picked the HD-A2 when I played King Kong. I am not in any way promoting the HELIOS or at the same time taking anything away from the A2, I just think that there are still very affordable alternatives ( I paid $149 ) for people that still have analog HDTV's and a large library of Standard DVD's. Bottom line, I am all for HD DVD and hope Toshiba doesn't back down with the format war with Blu-Ray!