Most TVs already upconvert SD content to the native resolution of the TV. Many TVs do a good job of this. It's unlikely that an AVR will do a significantly better job. It's usually far more important to have the devices set up properly in terms of output formats, etc
If in general the display device has the better upconverting ( relative to upconverting from say AVRs or DVD players or Digital boxes). then what is the attraction with the newer 'upconverting' DVD players?
In my case, in my main theatre room, I have:
- Sanyo FP projector (720P/1080i) on a 102" Carada screen
- Panasonic 480p progressive DVD (which then the projector upcoverts to 720p/1080i
- SA 3250HD (set for upconvert to 720p)
..so I am "assuming" there is ZERO benefit in getting any type of better DVD player, even one that claim to upconvert to 720p. Of course there may be other aspects that would give me a better picture quality, but if upscaling is done by my display then DVD upscaling doesnt matter - correct? On the 1080p front, again, if my display is only 720p, I assume again there is zero upscaling benefit from an upscaling 1080p player (once format wars are over)....UNLESS....the DVD scaling/upcoverting in that set is better than my projector .. thoughts?? Seems to me I should wait till the format wars are over, and then get the best 1080p DVD player I can afford (for reasons other than upscaling), even with a 720p projector.
In another room, I have:
- Toshiba RPTV (720P/1080i)
- LG (lo-end) 480p progresssive DVD ( which then the display upconverts to 720p/1080i
- SA 8000 (set to passthrough)
Here I figure its best to just wait for the Panasonic player from the other room to be freed up.