Originally Posted by TrevorS
Once again, the picture quality (both HD DVD and upscaled SD DVD) depends on your calibration. If you haven't bothered to calibrate, then you are just spinnng everybody's wheels, so go calibrate. To take this critical approach without even performing the most basic essentials make's no sense!
PS. The A3/Venturer upscaling is very good, but it's NOT world class -- there are practical limitations relative to how much money you are spending. Still, if you haven't calibrated the player yet, you actually have no idea how good it is at upscaling -- all the rest is just words.
I get the feeling from the triple posting that even if I had calibrated at this point, I would have done it wrong by Mr. 5000+ posts standards. Why the hell are you breaking my balls? All the posts you quoted were a day apart. If I'd had a week to get my sh!t together, had still not calibrated and was still bitching about poor quality, then by all means bring the flames. My first post was initial 'out of the box' reaction, complete with a big caveat. The other posts were responding to questions.
Now, to get back on topic, I have calibrated, watched Transformers (adjusted source audio output as well) and was pretty impressed. I still need another round of tweaks to both display and audio calibrations, and I have yet to compare apples to apples between up-conversions. I need to play more, but between my wife, 4 year-old and 2 month-old daughters, time is limited.
On the calibration topic, I just used the basic AVIA disk. I'm no calibration pro as this is my first Home Theatre. I'm sure with more experience and knowledge, I'll get better performance out of all my sources.