Originally Posted by mdnitoil
Okay, I'm by no means a Blu guy. That being said, I've always heard that the best DVD upscalers are Blu players. Personally, I'm using a Philips upscaling DVD myself but that's primarily because it can be region unlocked and takes both PAL and NTSC natively. If I just wanted to upscale basic region 1 DVDs, I'd get a cheap Blu player.
What model Philips are you using, though? If you're using the later models that disabled TV system switching (i.e. you could no longer select PAL or MULTI and it was forced to NTSC), then it couldn't take PAL natively: an NTSC conversion is "forced", unless you're lucky enough to get a hacked firmware.
Even at that, these same players cannot upscale PAL video properly through HDMI: what these players do (with HDMI) is they downconvert
the PAL signal to NTSC (480) before upscaling, in effect, enforcing a standards conversion before upscaling. I also think they force everything to widescreen, even if it's encoded as 4:3. The only way around this on those players is to use component
instead, which is what I have to do on my DVP-5992 that's on one of my "lesser" TVs.
Anyway, for someone wanting the best upscaling of both
NTSC and PAL, I'd have to recommend either the out-of-production Oppo DV983H DVD player, or one of their Blu-Ray players (pretty much any model except
the BDP-80, whose scaler isn't as highly-rated as the 983H or any of the other Blu-Ray models).