Most anything with RGBHV outs will probably be progressive (I know of no interlaced RGB display input); the only way I know to get this is aftermarket (like Cinematrix). However, this may become the next "standard" (like progressive component outputs have become)--although I don't know how quickly (after all, there's not many TV's w/RGB in!).
As for interlaced players, I would assume that many are now similar. Once upon a time, Sony was king (like my old 7000 or now 7700); now it seems Panasonic rules. It looks like you're doing out-board processing of the (S-video or component) signal, so the requirements on the actual player are relaxed (like I said, many use the same chip sets in the "standard" interlaced path).
The Pioneer DV-440 is a great workhorse of a player..... It DOES have the chroma bug but it tends to be VERY reliable and play just about everything that's out there (i.e. it doesn't have a lot of problems with various DVDs).
The only 2 players that come to my mind are the Sony S7000/7700 and the Integra DTR-7.2. The Integra is a THX Ultra DVD-Audio/Video player that is interlaced output only, w/ 10-bit/54MHz video DAC's. I have read reviews of this player (in a couple of well-known HT mags), and both articles say that it does indeed have a very clear & sharp picture (which is why it is THX Ultra certified, for it's video performance). It also has the ability to upsample standard CD's as well as decode CD-R's & CD-RW's w/ MP3 audio.
You should check out Integra's website ( www.integrahometheater.com ). Oh, by the way, I don't work for them, but I do love their products.
I would recommend the RP91. Not only does it not have the chroma bug, but its MPEG decoder does something else special, which I will talk about in a future article. I would post here, but I don't want to give any mag the chance to publish it first. (Hell will freeze over before any mag figures it out before we publish about it! )
I had my RP91 modded for SDI from Tom Strade at Immersive ( www.immersiveinc.com ). Tom responded to all the questions I had regarding the mod, and quality of work that was done on the player is excellent. I've had no problems with it thus far. I'm inputing the RP91 into a Leeza, and outputing RGBHV to my RPTV.
You can't go wrong with SDI; I highly recommend it.
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