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Hi.

I currently have a Crystal Image scaler with my 9" CRT, an Electrohome 9500LC projector.


I am quite dissatisfied with the scaler. I find it no better than the internal doubler on my DISH 6000, which is distinctly mediocre.


Now, granted, I mostly use the scaler for poor quality material like SD satellite, since I use a HTPC for DVD's. Still, I expected more.


Anyway, I would consider an upgrade. Does the Faroudja NR sound like the right next step? I don't want to spend $20,000 for a 5000 or 3000. Can anyone give me an idea of what I could expect from such a purchase? What would be the right model and resolution for this fine projector? How much does it go for?


I also note references to SDI on the forum recently. (I've been away for a while). Would this be a more logical next step, or does it not make sense given the fact that I am using the HTPC for DVD's?


Thanks in advance.
 

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Andrew,

Since you say that you are using the scaler just for your SD satelite feed let me say that SD is all across the board as far a quality of picture. Some of the stuff on SD is descent, and some is down and out poor. Especially when displayed on a large screen with a very good projector like you have. I have even noticed on my setup (G-70) that the same hold true of the HD material from the Dish 6000. Some is very good and some just OK.

That said, I don't believe that all the scaling in the world can take a poor soutce material and turn it into a great picture. Garbage in will produce scaled garbage. Sure you may get something better of a picture from a Dune or Rock scaler but SD will be not have that quality that HD has nor the picture you can produce from you HTPC playing DVD's.

You actually have a very good scaler in your HTPC that you can experiment with to prove my point. Get a good TV tuner card w/ SVideo in, and run a piece or freeware developed by forum members called dScaler to display your SD TV signal scaled at whatever you are set on your HTPC.
 
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