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I need some DVD player guidance. I just replaced a 1080i RPTV with a Panasonic TC-P58v10. My current DVD player is a Denon DVD-2910. I'm new to this whole up-conversion & Blu Ray thing, so I'm looking for advice on how best to utilize my new TV's 1080p capabilities. For a little background: I don't generally buy DVDs, instead, I rent them. Thus, I have only a very small standard def DVD collection. Ultimately, I would like to watch BR DVDs on my system, so at some point I will buy a BR DVD player.


I see in the owner's manual that my Denon DVD player upconverts to 1080i (but not 1080p). I'd rather not discard my Denon and replace it with another standard def DVD player just to add the up-conversion to 1080p capability. So as I see it, here are my options:


1) Continue to use my Denon for standard def DVDs and either have the Denon upconvert to 1080i or leave it at the native resolution. In either case, I assume my new TV will take that signal and upconvert to 1080p. So if I go this route, is there any benefit to having the DVD player upconvert to 1080i?


2) Discard my Denon DVD player and replace it with a standard def DVD player that upconverts to 1080p. (I'd rather not do this unless I buys me a lot of PQ.)


3) By a BR player and use it for both BR and SD DVDs. Are there any BR players out there that do a good job of upconverting and are also play BR DVDs well?


WRT BR players, I've heard talk that a good upconverted SD DVD can look almost as good as a BR DVD on smaller TVs, but I assume with my 58", I will see a noticeable difference and thus justify buying a BR player. Thoughts?
 

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I'd get a BD player to watch BDs - and SD DVDs if the BD player you get performs better than the 2910. As for the 2910, have it output 480i, 480p and 1080i. Use the output that looks best to you. Getting a calibration disc and using test patterns might help you decide on which output from the player to use.


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Most people seem to agree, all BR players look similar with BR discs. Where you gain PQ is playing SD DVDs with better BR players. I personally just bought the Oppo BDP-80, it's supposed to be great with BR discs and very good with SD DVDs. The BDP-83 is supposed to be even better with SD DVDs but I couldn't justify the extra $200.

I really doubt you're going to be able to tell the difference between 1080i or 1080p if DVD is the source but either way the Oppo does 1080p.

If your TV is fed anything less than 1080p it will just upconvert it to your screens native 1080p. Your TV will probably do better than most DVD players but from what I've read the Oppo should do better.

Here's a link the the Oppo BDP-80 thread.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1219906
 

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Thanks for the info guys. After I posted, I did some more reading and one of the things I figured out that I need in in a BDP is 7.1 analog output because my AV Receiver (Denon 5800) doesn't do HDMI. I'm now trying to decide between the Oppo 80 & 83. The reviews I've read say the 83 has better 7.1 output, so I'm leaning toward it. (I just need budget approval from the boss.
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