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Old 02-22-06, 05:42 PM
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Is UPCONVERTING DVD player worth it for a 26" LCD and more questions?

I'm noticing that the HD Upconvert DVD players are coming down. I saw the Samsung HD850 for around $90. I'm basiscally looking for a cheaper DVD player for my 26" LCD I picked up recently. Will I benefit from anything or should I just go with a regular DVD player and save myself $20-$30?

I have an HDMI input and component, but I will be using the Digital COAX out for sound, since I have a receiver back in my room.

Also, my TV has an optical out. If I run an HDMI cable in, will the signal get transferred to my receiver via the optical output on my TV? I disconnected the speakers from my LCD, so my 5.1 setup is my MAIN/ONLY sound source
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Old 02-22-06, 06:31 PM
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IMHO the answer would be no.
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Old 02-22-06, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
IMHO the answer would be no.
I tend to agree. I doubt you would see a huge difference at that size, but only you can be the judge. Still, if it's only 20 bucks, why not buy it and see for yourself? If you don't see a difference, take it back. But if it has to be a blind buy and 20 bucks isn't throwaway money, I agree with Brian.
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Old 02-22-06, 08:08 PM
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Thanks...I'll keep checking, in no hurry. I just want a decent cheap DVD player. It's only a backup basically.

Any answer to my HDMI/Optical question?
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Old 02-22-06, 09:20 PM
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I have a Sony 30" 16:9 HD and used the Sony Upconvert player for a couple of days and noticed no difference in picture quality. You probably would with a display of 40" or above.
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Old 02-23-06, 07:56 AM
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Thanks...I see Sony has the DVP-NS55P/S just released for $70. Seems like an ok budget player.
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Old 02-23-06, 02:49 PM
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I don't think most TVs do pass-through from HDMI to optical. But the player will have a digital out, so you can use that.
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Old 02-25-06, 03:10 PM
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From my experience with my 27 Inch Westinghouse television I saw no difference whatsoever using the OPPO DVD Player and my old JVC DVD/VHS Player. Actually the JVC Had better picture.

I would've kept the player if I had a bigger television, but i'm sharing a house with two other people so my "Home Theater" is in my own room. I bought the Philips HTS3400 and the picture quality and sound is more than satisfactory for my small room.
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Old 02-27-06, 06:40 AM
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Thanks....I picked up that Sony, got a decent deal on it....actually will get it for free after I redeem points in my Sony Card.
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Old 02-27-06, 08:23 AM
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I have the Zenith and I'd say probably not. THe PQ is good but not necessarily better and it introduces its own little problems along the way. No machine is perfect, I guess, and this one's no exception.
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