Progressive Scan DVD upgrade worth it?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Patrick T, Jan 4, 2002.

  1. Patrick T

    Patrick T Auditioning

    Mar 10, 2004
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    I just upgraded my TV and Receiver to the following:

    Sony KV32XBR450 TV (2450 $CAD = 1533 $US)

    Sony SU32XBR45 Stand (382 $CAD = 240 $US)

    Yamaha RX-V1200 Receiver (999 $CAD = 625 $US)

    (I think I got a sweet boxing week deal -- did I?)

    I have an almost new Toshiba 2710 DVD player (4 months)

    that unfortunately does not do Progressive Scan.

    I could exchange it for a Toshiba 3750 (320 $CAN = 200 $US)

    and they would give me 200 $CAN = 125 $US for my used DVD

    player that sells new for 280 $CAN = 174 $US.

    Cost for the upgrade: 120$ CAN = 75 $US plus tax.

    Is that upgrade worth it?
  2. Michael St. Clair

    May 3, 1999
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    To be honest, on a direct-view set with a 3:2 doubler (as I believe your set has in the 'Cinemotion' mode), you probably aren't going to notice a difference.
  3. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    Someone told me that the XBR series has a fairly good scaler and would be his choice for someone who watches a lot of TV as well as DVD's.

    This means it will do a good job with an ordinary DVD player.

    But keep in mind: the scaler is doing a lot of work to flip the video from interlace to progressive and this can lead to artifacts on some scenes. so a PS dvd player will give you a reduction in artifacts.

    Since you just bought so much from your dealer, see if you can stop by Sunday night and "borrow" a PS DVD player and a set of cables and take it home and do your own A/B comparisons to see what the difference would be. With the models/software changing, this is the only way for you to tell if a PS player makes a noticible improvement.

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