Originally Posted by Ray Collins
It appears that th HDP70 will not have video processing. Is this correct?
I believe it uses the current Faroudja-lineage chipset from Genesis (Cortez/Torino). If so, then it's not operating at the same level as the Silicon Optix (HQV), Gennum (VXP) or Anchor Bay (VRS) stuff. If you are looking at a new SSP, chances are that you have shifted most of your content viewing over to Blu-Ray or some flavor of broadcast HD, as it is. Under this later scenario, you have to get fairly discriminating in what you are buying. The Reon implementation in my PR-SC885P did more harm than good, so I disabled it.
There should be a big, big disclaimer when an audio engineers builds an advanced video processor. I don't know of many people who would trust a video engineer to build a high-end audio processor, so I don't get why people feel the reverse is desirable. In other words, I would trust a dedicated VP or a high-end display (e.g., Pioneer Elite, may they rest-in-peace) over what a traditionally audio-oriented company can do.
That being said, Anthem does seem to have pulled it off in the D2/AVM50 (at least to some degree) with Gennum's technology, while Denon seems to be hit-or-miss with Realta-based gear (5308/AVP-1 seem solid, but the dedicated VP is not that good). There are probably expectations differences, though, for what individual people/reviewers are looking to achieve.