Best upconversion on a 50"+ 1080p RPTV.

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  1. Jeffrey Allen Rydell

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    Steered my parents to buy a Samsung DLP HL-S5087W. Having now spent some time with the unit, I find I have no problem with the lamp-based DLP technology. The Rainbow Effect is there, but I'm used to it and it's not an issue. I like the TV just fine otherwise.

    That is, if it weren't for the poor upscaling from SD DVD coming from the Samsung DVD-HD960 upconverting DVD Player. I've tried bypassing the player's Faroudja processor, letting the DLP do the scaling. No better, as I was advised would be the case in a previous thread.

    So, it looks like Samsung is out of the running for the TV I'm currently looking to buy for my own apartment. Can anyone recommend another DLP manufacturer (Mitsubishi, Toshiba) for their built-in processing? Or am I better off with RP LCD/LCoS (Sony, I suppose)?

    If only Samsung would let the player do the upconverting without introducing macroblocking, I'd simply buy the Toshiba HD-A20 and be done with it. I've been told that no matter what you hook up the Samsung to, it will still display objectionable macroblocking on SD sources. Can anyone refute this? Again, if that could be eliminated with the Toshiba HD player, I'd stick with the Samsung DLP.
     
  2. SeanA

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    Sorry... I can only confirm this problem with Samsung DLPs. My Samsung has it and every other Samsung I have seen has it as well. Based on my experience with my Samsung, I helped my parents pick out a Sony SXRD. I would not sleep well if I had steered them to a Sammy and the macro-blocking monster !!!

    I feel bad for your parents. Do they still have time to return the TV for a full refund ?
     
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    They don't even see it, trust me. And I've pointed it out. They've basically acted as guinea pigs for my eventual purchase, and they're ok with that. [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, and Sean - actually it was your comment on the other thread that I was alluding to in the first place, so you're in the unusual position of confirming your own assertion!

    Can anyone else weigh in, yay or nay?
     
  5. Ken Seeber

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    DLPs, regardless of brand, don't play well with Faroudja-based upscaling players (it's a particular Faroudja chipset). I've read at AVSForum that people have had great success with Oppo Digital's non-Faroudja upscaling DVD player (DV-970HD), which is a steal at $150.

    That said, I have a 50-inch Sony SXRD and the picture could not be better. I much prefer it to DLP (although I haven't seen the new Samsung 1080p LED DLPs). The built-in upscaling in the SXRDs is excellent, but mine is mated with an Oppo DV-981HD (which does have the Faroudja chipset). DVDs look damned close to HD.
     
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    The Toshiba HD-A20 is my most likely purchase, as I want HD and hear great things about the upconversion. Apparently the unit doesn't have a 'zoom' function for 4:3 letterbox DVDs, which coupled with the Samsung DLP's lack of same (it only 'stretch-zooms'), may be another reason to look elsewhere for my TV.

    Ken, does your SXRD perform a straight zoom?
     
  7. Ken Seeber

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    Yes, it does.
     
  8. Jeffrey Allen Rydell

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    What's the model #? Sorry - should have asked that in my last post...
     
  9. Ken Seeber

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    I have the KDS-50A2000.
     
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    I have the 55 SXRD and the Oppo 981 HD. Agree with your comments totally Ken. Excellent match.....
     
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    How is the zoom on the SXRD? does it crop off the sides of the image at all? And will it still work with HDMI-delivered content? It turns out the Samsung *does* have 'Zoom 1' and 'Zoom 2' settings, but they're not selectable in HDMI 1 or 2...
     
  12. Ken Seeber

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    Yes, the zoom works fine with HDMI --- the Oppo 981 is HDMI. If it cuts any off, it's not much.
     
  13. Jeffrey Allen Rydell

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    Awesome - SXRD is looking more and more like the purchase...

    Oh, and I'm probably going for the Toshiba HD-XA2 over the HD-A20.
     

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