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I have a Sharp Aquos LC-32D7U hooked up via HDMI to a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD, and set up output 1080i. I experimented with outputting 480i/p/720p signals in native format, but found the picture to be better with the cable box doing the scaling. However, I find the non HD picture to be atrocious even though my TV is on 32". My Denon DVD-2910 hooked up via DVI outputs pristine pictures so I know SD picture can in theory look better (maybe not as good as the DVD, but better). Is there any external processer that can make the non HD signals substantially better without spending over $1000?
 

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Others may disagree, but I am skeptical about it.


Maybe the problem is the SA HD box--can you try some other SD sources and see if you notice any improvement?
 

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The Scientific Atlanta 8300HD is certainly the culprit in regards to the poor scaling of 480i signals. A separate processor will improve the picture if you feed it 480i, but it wont improve the quality of the signal by much. You might want to look at the Algolith's Mosquito as an alternative. It might help with your poor SD outputs.

http://www.algolith.com/index.php?id=home_theater&L=0


Other than that, anything with DCDi is the way to go for SD video signals IMO.
 

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The Scientific Atlanta 8300HD is certainly the culprit in regards to the poor scaling of 480i signals. A separate processor will improve the picture if you feed it 480i, but it wont improve the quality of the signal by much. You might want to look at the Algolith's Mosquito as an alternative. It might help with your poor SD outputs.


Other than that, anything with DCDi is the way to go for SD video signals IMO.
Looks great, but its $4,995!!!
 

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Actually it lists for $2500.


If you want to try a video processor that may help and is under $999, I suggest you look at the Plasma Enhancer by pixelmagicsystems. The only reason I suggest this is because it incorporates DCDi for video processing and scaling, which in my experience helps allot for video material.


There are allot of scalers you can get in that price range, but I dont think many of them will improve SD quality in your situation. Good luck.
 
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