|DVDO by Anchor Bay iScan VP50 Video Processor|
|Home Theater Video Processors & Switchers Video Processors|
|Written by Kevin Miller|
|Friday, 01 June 2007|
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I was a little disappointed to find that the VP50 lacks grayscale controls, which, if implemented properly, could actually give it the ability to shape gamma curves and improve the grayscale tracking performance, thereby improving the overall color accuracy of many displays. Finally, while all the keys glow in the dark, I would have preferred a real backlight feature that more fully illuminates the remote, especially considering this product will often be used in a darkened home theater environment.
DVDO’s iScan VP50 is one of the most impressive video processors that I have been fortunate enough to have driving my home theater displays. It is particularly impressive with cleaning up dirty standard-definition pictures from cable and/or satellite. Anchor Bay definitely made good on its promise to deliver proper de-interlacing for 1080i HDTV sources, which was a key feature lacking in the VP30. Of course, like its smaller sibling, it will scale up to 1080p to accommodate all the displays that can boast that resolution. The VP50 is also an excellent transcoder, which means you can feed all of your video sources to the display and use only one digital or analog output cable to run to the display, making wire management a bit easier as well. The feature package is also quite comprehensive for set-up and fine-tuning your display’s picture, as well as offering several features that address some valid problems, like lip sync issues and Y/C delay. Connectivity options are as generous as anyone can expect. At a list price of $2,995, the DVDO iScan VP50 competes very favorably with all the high-end video processors I have encountered so far, regardless of price, which makes it one of the best values in outboard video processors as of this writing. In fact, the VP50 is so good that it won’t be leaving my rack. I am happily going to write the check to make it part of my reference system.