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Do i need a processor/scaler?


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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Peter Keeling

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Posted July 20 2004 - 08:32 AM

I want the best picture possible with a dlp projector and dont know if I need a video processor or not. If I do, which is the best at the best price?

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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Max Leung

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Posted July 20 2004 - 06:07 PM

It really depends on the DLP projector...the best ones have DCDi (Faroudja). Great deinterlacer and scaler, or so I hear.

Some DVD players also have DCDi, and also do a great job.

What material will you be watching on the projector? Some people get something like a Lumagen or IScan processor/scaler for all of their source material (component, svideo, DVI, etc.).
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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   ChrisWiggles

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Posted July 21 2004 - 07:56 AM

In-projector scaling/processing isn't usually as hot as dedicated scaler/processors, so while you should be fine with just letting the projector do it all, using a dedicated processor for 1:1 pixel mapping is the most ideal route, and will yield the best benefits with higher quality projectors. Processors can range from the thousands into the tens and hundreds of thousands, HTPCs are a popular route to go. Again, depends heavily on what projector you are looking at...

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Peter Keeling

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Posted July 23 2004 - 02:16 AM

im looking at the Benq 8700.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   SteveFred

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Posted July 23 2004 - 05:14 AM

Hi everyone,

Well if you want the best possible picture for DVD's, the way to go is a DVD player with SDI output and a iScanHD w/SDI input from www.dvdo.com , then out to your projector via DVI cable.

This will bring DVD's to near HD quality Posted Image.

if you want to know more about SDI inputs do a search on this forum or

www.avsforum.com

and for the iScanHD

www.dvdo.com

and yes it will cost about $2000 more, but its the best we can do until HD-DVD's come out in a few years.

Steve

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Max Leung

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Posted July 23 2004 - 09:26 AM

Or you can save a couple of grand and get a DVI capable DVD player like a Momitsu V880. Unfortunately, all the DVI players have different issues (Momitsu has terrible looking subtitles and sluggish remote response, for example, while the Bravo D1 and D2 have serious quality control problems, etc.).

Peter, are you only concerned with DVD playback, or do you need a video processor for everything? You didn't say what you will use the projector for...

I have a Benq 8700+ and a Momitsu V880 using DVI. I use component video with the xbox. Occasionally I hook up my HTPC through DVI if I want to view WMV-HD content. I don't have an HDTV tuner box - I don't really watch any TV.
Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him...a super-callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

Gamesh....