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I apologize in advance for this post. I'm sure the answer is in this phenominal forum, but if I find one more AV component to obsess about my wife will kill me, I'll lose my job, I'll end up on the street looking an internet fix.


I watch a lot of DirecTV, I refuse to get HDTV until someone puts a DVR with it. Hooked on TIVO. I have a Sanyo z2 projector that I have no problem with for DVD and xbox. Satellite is watchable, but not pleasing. Would a scaler take my sdtv signal and put it out at 720P? If so, why would people spend the money on HD for a few channels when they can get very close to HD on every channel?


Also I currently use an onkyo 896 receiver for video switching, I know you guys do not recommend this. the scalers I can afford don't seem to have the inputs I need. I use component dvd, svideo sdtv, composit vcr, component x-box. So, 2 component, 1 s-video, 1 composite


input on the z2 is component and dvi-d.


I can spend a grand or so on this toy, but would rather keep under $500 if there is a decent product for the money.


What I need is for someone smarter than me to hold my hand, tell me exactly what to buy, and then tell me I did a good thing by buying it and that my life will be infinitely better for having spent that money.


Thanks for spoon feeding me.


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There are quite a few scalers on the market that meet your needs for around/under your specified price range. I know all too well about the 'wife factor', as mine is going to kill me when I tell her I'm spending another $2 - $3K over the next year to upgrade my system.


I'm new to HT, so there is still much I've yet to learn, but I'd check www.dvdo.com they have a few products that really seem good. I'm sure other members here can give firsthand experience with other products, and I'm also looking intently to see what they say.
 

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I did it, I found another piece of a/v equipment to learn about. There goes my productivity. I think I've answered my questions. Basically Garbage in Garbage out. You can't take a satellite signal and upconvert to lose the artifacts etc.


I do have another question. I know I won't be able to turn my tivo into hd, but how much does a scaler improve the image. Since I have a 106 inch screen every little bit helps. I know it is a very subjective topic, but I'd love some opinions.


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Check out www.lumagen.com.


Read the site, and the reviews posted. The Vision might be your ticket. I got one, and will be hooking it up to my 8-inch CRT front projector with 100 inch screen in the next couple of weeks. Hint: ask 'em if they have any B-stock...


To me, by the way, HD is so cool that not having an HD DVR for my DirectTivo yet (HDTivo coming 2nd Quarter, '04?) is merely an annoyance. But I don't watch a lot of SD TV. Mostly HD off the dish, HD OTA, and DVDs.


But we do agree that Tivo is a neat little box--the wife watches more SD than I do, and she loves it. Cute little bloop sounds, to boot.
 

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Would a scaler take my sdtv signal and put it out at 720P? If so, why would people spend the money on HD for a few channels when they can get very close to HD on every channel?
Please understand that when you scale a signal to a higher output resolution, you are not adding additional information to the original 480 lines of information. When you display HDTV 1080i or 720P you are displaying a signal that includes CONSIDERABLY more native information than a standard signal. Bottom line, don't confuse scaling of a 480i signal to 720P to equal a native 720P HD signal in terms of visual quality.
 

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Scalers make SDTV more watchable. It was painful for me to watch SDTV (particularly as the display got better and PQ got worse). Scalers simply make the garbage signals a bit more watchable...


You can't, however, compare SDTV with HDTV. It's like comparing a Farrari with a family car (they're both get you where you're going, but...).
 
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