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Old 01-17-2009, 01:27 AM   #1
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Hi guys...i am looking for the best upscaling blu ray players for my sd dvd's. i am looking at the Sony BDP-S550 at the moment but cant find much info anywhere on upscaling qualities?

any help would be great!
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:00 AM   #2
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The Pioneer 05/51 get rave reviews for DVD upscaling. I have the 05 and it does an amazing job with SD DVD.

I think the PS3 does a pretty good job too but I can't say for sure. If we wait 5 minutes I best we'll find out the answer.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:01 AM   #3
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Hi guys...i am looking for the best upscaling blu ray players for my sd dvd's. i am looking at the Sony BDP-S550 at the moment but cant find much info anywhere on upscaling qualities?

any help would be great!
They're all about equal. There is only so much you can do with an SDVD. I've always liked Sony's effort at upscaling (all of my units a Sony) and even their 400 DVD jukebox does an outstanding job.

The S550 is a very good unit. The only problem is, when you watch a Blu-Ray, the upscaling won't impress you much any more.
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:11 AM   #4
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They're all about equal. There is only so much you can do with an SDVD. I've always liked Sony's effort at upscaling (all of my units a Sony) and even their 400 DVD jukebox does an outstanding job.

The S550 is a very good unit. The only problem is, when you watch a Blu-Ray, the upscaling won't impress you much any more.
hey guys thanks for the response...i am already struggling goin back to sdvd i have about 100 bd's know and run the original pioneer lk70 and ps3 but need a third for a dedicated home theatre and just want the best upscaling so dont have to rebuy my 1000 odd sdvds.

i will take a look into the pioneer but i think the model suggested is only profile 1.1 here in australia (not sure about overseas)
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:26 AM   #5
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hey guys thanks for the response...i am already struggling goin back to sdvd i have about 100 bd's know and run the original pioneer lk70 and ps3 but need a third for a dedicated home theatre and just want the best upscaling so dont have to rebuy my 1000 odd sdvds.

i will take a look into the pioneer but i think the model suggested is only profile 1.1 here in australia (not sure about overseas)
I know that the Panasonic BDP's keep getting awesome reviews for their upconverting. Just a thought, for cheaper than the Pioneer?
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:23 AM   #6
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Panasonics are getting really good reviews for upscaling sd dvd, I would say the samsungs are prolly better with the reon chip or whatever its called, but then you have to deal with a samsung bdp and that is just not worth it. Just get a Panasonic 55 if you can find one.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:53 AM   #7
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Don't forget about the Samsung 2500. It's gotten great reviews as well. Plus it doesn't hurt that it has Netflix streaming and decodes all HD audio.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #8
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Don't forget about the Samsung 2500. It's gotten great reviews as well. Plus it doesn't hurt that it has Netflix streaming and decodes all HD audio.
+1, both the 2500 and the 2550 (identical Bestbuy model with Pandora) has the reon chip that is generally regarded as one of the best mass market solutions for DVD upconverting.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:57 PM   #9
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Probably a dead thread at this point, but just thought I'd pass on that I have an LG BD370 is it's upscaling is awful. I've done immediate comparisons between the LG and the PS3 and the difference is night-and-day. I end up using the PS3 to play SD DVDs and the LG for Blu-Ray. (Why I don't necessarily just use the PS3 for everything is another story...)
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:21 PM   #11
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I tried 2 Oppo BD-83's and returned both.

It was too glitchy for $500.

For dedicated Blu-ray/DVD playback I got the Sony BDP-S1000ES. Right now you can get it for $200 at many places (Amazon, Crutchfield, etc.) but it is going fast.

This player upconverts DVD as good as the Oppo's. (It has the Marvell chip in it).

It also has built-in wifi, comes with a free USB flash drive and has a 5-year warranty as an ES product. I highly recommend it.
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I tried 2 Oppo BD-83's and returned both.

It was too glitchy for $500.

For dedicated Blu-ray/DVD playback I got the Sony BDP-S1000ES. Right now you can get it for $200 at many places (Amazon, Crutchfield, etc.) but it is going fast.

This player upconverts DVD as good as the Oppo's. (It has the Marvell chip in it).

It also has built-in wifi, comes with a free USB flash drive and has a 5-year warranty as an ES product. I highly recommend it.
I ordered that an hour ago! I have been wanting the best upscaling/Blu-Ray player and I seen very postive reviews so I ordered it! I hope I will be very happy with this player!
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:51 PM   #13
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Talking Sony BDP-S1000ES

I think you will be very happy with it.

I have only watched a couple of blu-rays on it, but it is every bit as good as the Oppo for depth, contrast and resolution. I am viewing it on a 106" screen.

The other day I watched one of my rare DVDs with it and I was floored. The DVD has to be decent to begin with, but it can do some things with edge-smoothing and noise reduction that makes a DVD quite watchable. I almost thought to myself, "Damn this is like blu-ray!" But then reality hit when I saw a detailed distant shot. Blu-ray is much better.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:09 PM   #14
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If money is no object - Oppo BDP-83. If you want to spend less than half that and get pretty darn close to its upscaling quality, Pioneer BDP-320
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If money is no object - Oppo BDP-83. If you want to spend less than half that and get pretty darn close to its upscaling quality, Pioneer BDP-320
How about the 3D Panasonic BDT300? How does it compare to the Oppo BDP-83?
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So whats the highest resolution a blu ray player can upscale dvds ??? I have a samsung bdp 1580 blu ray player, but when I go to the menus, I cant find this.Some dvds look excellent on this player upscaled, while others look horrible.
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I tried 2 Oppo BD-83's and returned both.

It was too glitchy for $500.

For dedicated Blu-ray/DVD playback I got the Sony BDP-S1000ES. Right now you can get it for $200 at many places (Amazon, Crutchfield, etc.) but it is going fast.

This player upconverts DVD as good as the Oppo's. (It has the Marvell chip in it).

It also has built-in wifi, comes with a free USB flash drive and has a 5-year warranty as an ES product. I highly recommend it.
I have yet to find facts to back that up. Where did you see that? I read it a few times, but the chip clearly isn't named Marvell from what I've read. Just a generic labeled chip. Closest I found about it being Marvell is Sony payed for the chip itself to be ran under their naming or something. Or some joint thing with Sony and Marvell. Been a while since i looked into it...
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dont want to make a new thread, but i guess i will if no answer

i havent watched alot of dvds on my ps3

the ones i have watched were upcoverted good and filled the screen in there proper aspect ratio
but i put in 2 movies today and they played in 4:3, when they are really widescreen, they showed 4:3 on the screen but still had the black bars so its really hard to watch, and if u stretch or zoom it just looks awful

why is that? i dont remember if i changed any settings, so wut should my settings on my ps3 be to properly upcovert a dvd?
its weird, widescreen movies playing in 4:3 with black bars...
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Which titles and are they possibly non anamorphic which produces a picture that has black bars on all four sides?

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I have a dedicated Upscaling DVD player (Samsung) and an Oppo 83

Night and Day difference! The Oppo makes even my extremely old DVD's look much better. It is worth every penny!
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