IScan HD with trade in of existing Iscan Pro -- $800
SDI input module for Iscan -- $400
Denon 2900 DVD on closeout -- $550
Denon 2900 SDI mod -- $400
Lumagen HDP -- $1500
Denon 2910 DVD -- $650
Sell Iscan Pro -- ($250)
I am connecting to an NEC 61" plasma that has 1 DVI input. The other component will be an HD Tivo in a couple of months (currently just a DirecTivo).
The issue is that I would like to have a single connection to the plasma, and I need something to do the video switching. Not wanting to spend $300 on a DVI switcher, I thought it would be good to get some additional utility from the device, and the Iscan and Lumagen products seem great.
The benefit of option 1 is that it passes the HD signals directly to the display, and the display can rescale to the NR. I don't think this is a big deal, and NEC electronics are supposed to be pretty good. The SDI DVD option is supposed to be the best.
The benefit of option 2 is that the Lumagen can scale a digital 480p signal from the Denon (which is using a new Faroudja chip, so it has excellent deinterlacing) and it can scale the digital HD Tivo signal as necessary.
These seem like pretty equivalent options to me. We will probably watch 25% DVD, 50% SD programming, and 25% HD programming.
Any thoughts as to whether there are any real advantages to one option over another? The last option is much cheaper -- connect the HD Tivo using component video and the Denon 2901 via DVI right to the plasma. That option is $400 ($650-$250 for Iscan).
Thanks for your thoughts.
note: I mislabeled the Lumagen as the Pro. I meant the HDP.