Denon Seeks to Perfect Good Ole' DVD
I've never been thrilled with upscaling DVD players. They're usually mainstream DVD players that up-convert 480P video to 720P or 1080i for your HDTV. It's my opinion they're (mostly) just out there to sell a few more mediocre DVD players to people who just bought a brand new HDTV.
At the same time, there are serious upconversion video boxes that will actually do justice to a 480i or 480P video signal for your HDTV or projector. But these are way out of the price range of the average Best Buy consumer.
HQV is a division of Silicon Optix, who produce some of the highest end video scaling processors imaginable. B. Greenway of the Home Theater Blog and Kris Deering of Secrets of Hom Theater and Hi-Fi have raved about the abilities of the HQV's Realta chipset in high end video equipment.
Now, Denon brings that high end video scaling as close to the mainstream consumer as you're likely to see it. The DVD-3930CI is a 1080P upscaling DVD player. This one has all the goods, besides 1080P upscaling that Denon promises will be "near HD-quality". It's built to be a high end DVD player all the way with HDMI, 14bit 216Mhz Video DACs, 10-bit video processing that includes Denon's own Pixel Image Correction and advanced AL24Plus digital audio processing. You can expect high end audio within its heavy construction from the company that makes many of the best audiophile DVD players out there. It's also both DVD-Audio and SACD compatible for multi-channel high resolution sound.
The price is pretty steep even for mass produced equipment. But, at $1,499 it's a bargain compared to anything that the HQV's Realta video scaling chipset has ever graced. So, it really comes down to your impression of the new formats, so far. I think it's safe to say the old DVD format has one last round left in it.