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Is an upconverting home theater reveriver woth it?

Discussion in 'HDTV Equipment (Closed Forum)' started by kcho6, May 28, 2005.

  1. kcho6

    kcho6 Cool Member

    May 28, 2005
    I was recently given a Sony 55inch Grand Vega tv. Standard television does not look too good on the tv. We are going to order HD from direct TV. I have the understanding that not all channels come in HD. Will a home theater receiver that has up converting capabilities have any effect on standard broadcasting? Thinking of purchasing the Denon AVR-2105? Good, bad, any other recommendations? let me know. Thanks.

    Ken :confused:
  2. nsafreak

    nsafreak Legend

    Mar 23, 2004
    It might make it look a bit better but don't expect any miracles. Home theater receivers with upconversion capabilities typically don't do much more than do some line doubling. You might want to look into a video scaler box to see if that helps but you're looking at a fair amount of cash for a decent one.
  3. RLMesq

    RLMesq Legend

    Mar 9, 2003
    I just bought a Denon AVR-1705 receiver to provide video switching for a Dish 942 and Panasonic PT-AE700U projector. The Dish DVR has some internal processing for SD television with component outs, and the receiver doesn't seem to improve (or, for that matter, degrade) the picture quality. It just seemed simpler to run one set of component cables (and one HDMI) to the projector.

    By the way, I bought mine for about $225, with shipping, as "B" stock (meaning refurbished). Since HDMI switching and upconversion will be showing up on affordable receivers in the near future, I couldn't see dropping a bunch of cash on something I'll replace in a year or so.
  4. rickfromthesticks

    rickfromthesticks AllStar

    Sep 22, 2004
    I've been eyeing these receivers myself lately, my STR-DB 930 is getting kinda old. There are very few that upconvert to HD. Most that advertise that feature take s-video and up it to component or composite to s-video. You will have RGB at least from your sat receiver and some, like my Dish 811 will upconvert standard video to HD via the RGB cables already.

    My 811 does not make enough difference to tell as I have it hooked to my Toshiba 40" RPTV with component and s-video. I can switch back and forth and they both look very good, but I cannot tell the difference on a SD channel. (I certainly can on an HD channel)

    Bottom line, even though I'm thinking about upgrading the audio, I won't spend extra to get the upconvert.

  5. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    This "upconvert" feature is more of a marketing gimmick than a feature. It enables composite and S-video signals to be routed to and output from the component connections. No doubling or processing of the signals(s) or picture improvement takes place.

    GIGO :shrug:

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