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I know this was only an issue with the scaler in the first gen, still after connecting up my New A2 to my Sammy LCD 1360x768, the best image to my eyes is when I leave it set to "Up to 1080i" as opposed to "up to 720p" anyone else think this also ?
 

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several people (including myself) have noticed the same thing, but everyone's opinion differs. while the menus themselves look "better" to many, they also appear softer in 1080i. many users report that while the menus looks poor in 720p, film content actually looks a little better.


the best advice is to look actual content, and select whichever looks better to you!
 

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When using the A2 with a 720P display, I think it is best to leave 1080i for HDDVD discs, n 720P for SD discs.
 

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when you say 720p display do you mean 768 or 720 lines of resolution? I can set my projector either way.
 

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I'm wondering about this, too.


For 720p displays, whether or not "up to 1080i" will look better all depends on the quality of your projector's (or panel's) onboard scaler.


If you feed your 720p display a 720p signal from the A2, you're letting the A2 downscale the 1080p HD-DVD image to 720p, and the display is then just displaying it (ideally, it's displaying it pixel-for-pixel).


If you feed the same display 1080i from the A2, then your display's processor is doing the deinterlacing and downscaling to 720p. Whether or not this looks better depends on which processor does a better job of the downscaling task.


Which leads me to this question. For those of us with 720p displays (I'm using the Sharp XV-Z12000 MKII)...would it maybe be worth the extra $200 to move up to the Toshiba HD-XA2 to take advantage of the Reon chip? It would seem ideal to have the Reon in the XA2 do the downscaling to 720p and simply pass it to the display, which then just displays it pixel-for-pixel. But would it be a big enough difference to make it worth the upgrade?


I suppose that, too depends on how good your display's internal scaler is and whether you should just use that with 1080i from the A2.


But my real question is, how good is the A2 scaler, period? How good is the A2 scaler compared to the Reon in the XA2? Is it night and day? Does the XA2 really trounce the A2 in how well it scales? Or is it kind of a minor difference and not in itself worth the $200 extra for those of us who really want good, clean 720p (and have no use for it's ability to output 1080p)?


Anyone?
 

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That's why it is better to select 1080i for HDDVD disc since it will downconvert once to either 768 or 720, rather than twice when selecting 720P when your display is other than 1280x720.
 

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I see a few posts about setting the resolution to X for SD DVDs and Y for HD DVDs, but when I look at the menu (A2) I don't see an option to specify scaling for one type of DVD and a different value for the other type of DVD.

Am I missing something, or are folks go through the menu before watching a movie and setting it according to which type of DVD you're watching?



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You hit SETUP on your remote n go to the Resolution row, then you can choose 480i, 720P or 1080i. Of course, the choice of resolution is up to you. If you are playing a HDDVD disc that is 1080i or 1080P coded, why would you want something less.
 

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Originally Posted by ac388 /forum/post/0


You hit SETUP on your remote n go to the Resolution row, then you can choose 480i, 720P or 1080i. Of course, the choice of resolution is up to you. If you are playing a HDDVD disc that is 1080i or 1080P coded, why would you want something less.

So, you can't set the resolution for HD-DVDs separately from the resolution for SD-DVDs. So, when people say to use one resolution for SD-DVDs (e.g. 1080i) and another for HD-DVDs they are changing the settings each time they load a different type of disc.



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Yes, you have to do it manually each time before you start, which I think is easy to do.
 
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