what is the dvd player that does the best down conversion on 4:3 analog sets

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  1. ThomasL

    ThomasL Supporting Actor

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    Hello all,

    the subject line says it all. What player do people consider the best in this area? I don't expect to have an HDTV-ready set for awhile and just would like a list of players in the < $500 range that do a nice job with the down conversion. I currently have a Toshiba SD2700 and have read that Toshibas have historically done a 'poor' job with the down conversion. Is this still true or is the SD4800 a marked improvement?

    thanks,


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  2. Andrew Pratt

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    Thomas people generally say the Panasonics and Pioneers offer the best downconverted image with toshiba's being at one extreme and Sony's being at the to soft end. IMO I started out with a Tosh and sold it due to the downconversion. I then got a Panasonic and although the image was much better then the Tosh I still noticed the jaggies all the time so I sold it and bought a Sony 7700 which I love. I do notice its image is softer then the panasonics but for me I notice the soft image less then the jaggies so for me the sony helps me focus on the movie not the artifacts.
     
  3. Kevin P

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    What Andrew said is true but the newer Toshibas have improved their downconversion. I don't really know where they fall on the scale now, but I figure they're probably in the middle road now along with Panasonic and Pioneer.

    Downconversion isn't really a major issue with the latest generation of players IMHO. They all do a decent job for the most part, except maybe the really cheap entry-level models.

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  4. ThomasL

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    Thanks for the information.

    I was considering getting the Toshiba SD4800. I have a SD2700 but will be moving that to another room. I will consider another non-Toshiba player if there is a definite marked improvement. We have a 27 inch Toshiiba tv at the moment (27A40) but may upgrade eventually to a 32 inch HDTV-ready set and I was hoping to have the SD4800 transition to that upgrade. So, I'm really looking for a good progressive player as well as one that does decent downconversion for our current setup.

    Anyone else have any thoughts?

    thanks,


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