View Full Version : What widescreen sets perform the "analog-to-digital conversion process" best?
11-15-2009, 10:46 AM
Anyone know of a brand that you can hook up a vcr to and the image will look decent? I have loads of rare stuff on vhs and I'd like to transfer this stuff to dvd-r one day but for now if I can find a widescreen set that plays analog well, I'll leave them on tape. I know the bigger the set gets, the crappier the image gets when it comes to playing analog signals on a widescreen so I'd be happy with a 26 inch set. Anyone have any info or a link to a site that talks about models that do the analog to conversion process in the best quality? Thanks in advance!
I got this from the link below:
"Another factor that contributes to the quality of analog television display on HDTVs also depend on the types of video processing circuitry employed by different HDTV makers, and some HDTVs perform the analog-to-digital conversion process better than others. When checking out HDTVs or reviews of HDTVs, make note of any comments regarding analog signal quality."
11-16-2009, 04:31 AM
I think you want a quality AV receiver with upscaling ability and a HDTV. I don't think an HDTV on its own will do the trick. The latest model Denon receivers are particularly well regarded for their upscaling, and I understand even video tape benefits.
11-16-2009, 04:37 PM
Most Televisions don't have great scaling. Even the scaling in a lot of audio/video receivers are many times not that great. This is even more the case with analog signals. It seems that they don't care about analog stuff as much anymore since all most anything that we want is digital. There are dedicated boxes that scale different sources though. The best one that I would suggest is the following.
As they mention in the review, in the second link, there is only so much that can be done with VHS material.
"After running a variety of sources through the Edge, including a Laserdisc player and VCR, I found that it did a good job improving the image quality from Laserdisc, but VHS sources remain somewhat soft, as there is not enough contrast and edge information to work with. Upscaled VHS definitely does not look as good as Upscaled DVD."
There isn't much to upgrade past getting the DVDO Edge without things getting ridiculously expensive. Also, there isn't really much that you can get that does a good job at scaling for less than $600. As was mentioned above, the Denon's also so a really good job at scaling, but you have to get up into the $1000 to $1500 price range for the models that do it well.
If you are only going to use the scaler to do the analong to digital conversion then any of the mentioned options are very much overkill. If you can using the scaler also for cable/satellie tv upconversion, streaming/Netflix upconversion , and/or DVD upconversion then it may be worth it.
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