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Friday, 01 June 2007 ,  Written by Kevin Miller
DVDO by Anchor Bay iScan VP50 Video Processor
Introduction Anchor Bay Technologies, makers of DVDO system products offers a full line of video processors that deliver great performance at extremely competitive prices. Last year, I gave the company’s second from top-of-the-line processor, the iScan VP30, very high marks for the price performance ratio with really only one serious caveat or downside, which was how it handled de-interlacing of 1080i HDTV sources. Since then, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their latest flagship processor, the iScan VP50, which purportedly solved the above issue. I have now been living with the VP50 in my system for about a month, have used it with several 1080p resolution projectors, and have it driving my reference Samsung SP-H710AE one-chip DLP projector. Anchor Bay’s VP50 is an extremely impressive video processor in terms of video performance and system set-up flexibility. Some might suggest that, at $2,995, a VP50 is probably overkill for most consumer TVs like DLP and LCoS ...
Monday, 01 January 2007 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Faroudja DVP1080MF Video Processor
Introduction In the last year, I took on the costly and often frustrating process of adding on 850 square feet to my relatively small 1,500-square-foot 1959 “post and beam” home in Los Angeles. The process amazingly and unexpectedly included no less than $75,000 in cement to make sure a modest two-story addition wouldn’t come crumbling down if, or should I say when, the Earth starts a-rocking and rolling. The overall design of the addition features a master bedroom and master bath cantilevered over a light-controlled, purpose-built, stadium seating-based theater with a 16x9 screen from Stewart, fabric walls, acoustical treatments from RPG and beyond. While working on the design of my theater with Beverly Hills-based installation and design firm Simply Home Entertainment, I sold off my trusty JVC Professional DLA-HS2U projector, tore out my existing theater in what was always supposed to be my living room and headed toward what I would call the Dark Ages ...
Friday, 01 September 2006 ,  Written by Kevin Miller
DVDO by Anchor Bay iScan VP30 Video Processor
Introduction DVDO burst onto the home theater scene in the late 1990s with a 480p video processor, shocking manufacturers and consumers alike with a $599 list price point. The surprise was not so much the low price, but the fact that it produced awesome pictures for so little money. Only a few years before that, good 480p video processing, or what we used to call “line doubling,” from Faroudja’s venerable LD-100 carried a list price of $15,000. Since then, the company has continued to put out head-turning video processing products that remain the best bang for the buck in the home theater industry. Enter the VP30 with a list price of $1,999, with a virtual plethora of useful features and near state-of-the-art video performance. Many of you might be wondering why I would need a video processor anyway. There are a number of different reasons you might want a product like the DVDO VP30. One is ...
Saturday, 01 June 2002 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Faroudja NRS Video Processor
Introduction The name Faroudja is the first that comes to mind when I think about high-performance video, specifically on the subject of line doublers, tripplers , quadruplers and, more recently, scalers. Now that high-end video has pretty much moved to the digital domain, Faroudja has created a new line of video-enhancing products in their Native Rate Series (thus the "NRS" name), which address many of the problems with the picture on a modern digital video system from a completely different angle. Simplistically, standard video information is "interlaced," which means that each frame is split into two halves. Only half of the information is ever shown on the screen every 60th of a second (known as 480i). The line doubler "deinterlaces" the signal by putting the two halves back together again so you get the whole frame every 60th of a second (known as 480p). This reduces flicker, line stair stepping and other yucky motion artifacts. This ...
Friday, 01 February 2002 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Proceed PVP Video Processor
Introduction The Proceed PMDT is a $5,995 modular DVD-Video transport and video processor built by Madrigal, the parent company of brands like Mark Levinson, Madrigal Imaging, Revel and Audio Access. Unlike nearly all commercially successful high end DVD-Video players, the Proceed PMDT as a transport is built from the ground up for performance, not a repackaged Japanese OEM player with a bunch of tweaks made under the hood. The advantage of such an approach is complete freedom to deliver amazing functionality. The disadvantage is, as DVD-Video has developed into the most successful AV technology ever (that’s right more successful than CD) the technological road has been far from smooth including DVD authoring issues, disc reading issues as well as the looming DVD-Audio format to consider. To date, the Proceed PMDT attacks the challenge of reproducing DVD-video discs at the highest level with nearly no competition other than Meridian’s $16,000 800 DVD machine. There are three key areas ...
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