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Question: Do I need a progressive scan DVD player?

08-12-2007, 09:37 PM
This is my first post, and I'm a newbie, since I recently bought a Samsung HL-S5679W DLP (can show 1080p resolution). I've read that the newer HDTVs automatically upconvert DVD signals to 1080i, so there's no real reason to buy an upconverting DVD player. My question is this: my DVD player is a Toshiba 5-disc player that is not progessive scan (it does connect to my TV via component video cables), so will my TV automatically display the DVD video in progressive form, or do I need to buy a progressive scan DVD player in order to achieve the best picture quality from my DVDs?


08-13-2007, 06:34 AM
If that were true-- there would no need for any Hi Def cable or satellite signals -- the TV would just upconvert everything.

You need a progressive player at the very least-- a upconverting player would be much better -- an new A2 (HD-DVD) or DB Player would be outstanding. But there are not a lot of upconverting players that upconvert over component cables (most need HDMI). If HDMI connection is not an option for you, consider OPPO-- they can be made to upconvert to 1081/720P over component.

08-14-2007, 09:57 AM
Not only is progressive scan important but 3:2 pull down as well. The 3:2 pulldown converts the 24 fps (frame per second) film standard to the native 30 fps of your TV.