MadVR was the same for about a year. Then this version (build 113) was replaced by lots of newer versions last winter. The latest is build 130 now. Since these test builds are often not stable I had bought a new PC for just to test these test builds. IMO there was so much progress achieved that I could not go back to 113 anymore. So for a long time IMO it did not matter whether you were using an Envy or a HTPC since the algorithm were the same. However it was only a question of time that this progress would also find its way into the Envy. I hear that the marketing term is DTM 2.0.Has the DTM algo improved on madVR, it's been quite a while since I followed this thread. Another interest of mine has been the edge enhancement without introducing noise, MadVR has done a good job in this area. Furthermore, I do like the highlight and shadow recovery ability too. Can all the algos run in parallel?
I am very sensitive to sharpness except in areas where DOF effects are intentional and, I must admit, I did like the upscaling refinements on MadVR. Not sure if Madshi looked into LCE.
Tomorrow I am going to visit a friend of mine who has an Envy Extreme. I am curious to see whether that gap is now filled again. He told me that he is very pleased with DTM 2.0. So I exspect that differences in picture quality between a PC and an Envy remain not significant (unlike build 113 vs 130 which is very significant IMO).
BTW I had found that "edge enhancement" in the upscaling section of madVR actually produced noise.
Coming back to that friend of mine owing an Envy. When he bought it about a year ago (after comparing it against a Radiance Pro) he decided to go for an Envy Pro (and not the Extreme). He asked me about my opinion at that time so I guess I was partly responsible for that. Basically he did not regret to go for the Envy because of the excellent upscaling and TM. Btw he could also use both highlight and shadow recovery at the same time. Nevertheless upgraditis attacked him regularly making him wonder whether he would go even one step futher by upgrading to the Extreme. So he finally bought the Extreme for his Sony VW870 and did comparisons between the 2 versions. After 2 weeks I asked him whether he could now profit by the additional processing power of the Eny Extreme resulting in better picture quality. His short answer: no, picture quality was identical but at least he got now his peace of mind. 😃
So he just recently sold the Envy Pro to a guy who wanted to test the Envy Pro against his Radiance Pro. After 1 week of testing on his Sony VW790 that guy reported then to be super happy with the Envy Pro. After 1 week of comparisons he decided the Lumagen Radiance Pro to let go and keep the Envy. Main reasons for his decision: Envy is in his eyes better in upscaling, much easier to operate, better 3D LUT results and the remote is not only IR. Lumagens Radiance Pro sole (only) advantage in his view: tons of different settings options. He said that it took him weeks to get a good picture with the Radiance. However at the end the picture quality of the Lumagen still can not match - again his opinion - what the Envy did in a very short time. However he also said that Lumagen's DTM is quite good as well... interestingly he did not spot and complain about any picture noise issues.