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How do you find the PS3s DVD up-conversion quality?

Locut0s

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I've had a PS3 since the beginning and would consider myself a lover of HT, but still something of a newb. I have never had the chance to compare the quality of the PS3's DVD up-conversion quality alongside anything professional, nor do I have the money to ever do so. So question is for those who have seen both how does the PS3 rate compared to the crazy high end up-converters (Faroudja, etc...)? I personally am very happy with the quality but like I said I've never done any rigorous comparisons.

I know when Sony first implemented up-conversion in a firmware update people were upset because they neglected to include the hardware to do proper hardware up-conversion.
 

sswingle

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I think it does better than my standalone up-converter, but I have a cheap Phillips up-converter.
 

Locut0s

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Originally posted by: sswingle
I think it does better than my standalone up-converter, but I have a cheap Phillips up-converter.
Upconversion went from being a niche market thing with high quality components in things like the Faroudja video processors to being the next must have feature that every 50 buck DVD player advertised.
 

tboo

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I dont like it. I use my Toshiba HD-A35 for upconverting dvds over my PS3.
 

erwos

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Originally posted by: tboo
I dont like it. I use my Toshiba HD-A35 for upconverting dvds over my PS3.
To be fair, the A-35 has some spectacular upconversion hardware in it.

On an absolute basis, the PS3 is probably in the top 20% of upconverting DVD players, but not the elite tier that Oppo, Denon, et al occupy.
 

kalrith

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I used to have my PS3 upconvert the DVDs but didn't like the results. Now I have it just deinterlace them and pass them as 480p to my TV. I think it looks noticeably better. However, my TV is 720p, so the PS3's upconversion might look better on a 1080p (since the TV wouldn't have to scale the upconverted signal). My TV also has a good scaler, so the PS3's upconversion might look better than allowing a TV with a poor scaler to do the scaling.
 

techwanabe

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I have a PS3 upverting standard DVD's to my Samsung 46-inch LN46A650 1080P LCD TV and movies look quite good. I originally bought the PS3 as a Bluray player and rented netflix BR movies to watch. I watched a fair sample of BR movies and noticed some looked amazing but others only so so, in fact upverted DVD's don't look a great deal worse. Now I haven't hooked up 3 or 4 other upverting DVD players to the same TV so I have no basis for comparison.

What I did do was first hooked up a standard Panasonic progressive scan DVD player to that LCD TV and the pictures didn't look very good - not very clear. However, I don't know if my Samsung was actually upscaling or not - ie it may be a feature I needed to turn on so I might have been watching the DVD via the Panasonic player unconverted. However, that compelled me right away to either get an upverting DVD player or the PS3, which I chose the latter.

Based on my simply comparing my upverted DVD movies to the BR movies, I'd say the PS3 does a nice job and I"m pretty happy watching DVD's on my set up. Movies are not super crisp but quite good and not fuzzy enough to generally detract from the experience. I watch my 46-inch TV at a distance of about 8 to 9 feet.
 

thegimp03

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No basis for comparison, but I think the image quality is great on my 1080p Samsung 4071F with PS3 upconversion.
 

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