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- Do I Need a New Receiver to Enjoy the Best Sound from HD DVD and Blu-ray?
- Dolby Digital Sound on Blu-ray and HD DVD Explained
- DTS Digital Sound on Blu-ray and HD DVD Explained
- DVD Sound Formats Explained
- Firmware Update Instructions for Toshiba HD DVD Players
- I have an HDTV - Am I Seeing High Definition?
- I have an Upconverting DVD Player - Am I Seeing High Definition?
- Need Help Connecting Your HD DVD Player to the Internet?
- What are the HD DVD and Blu-ray High Definition Disc Formats?
- What is the Difference Between 1080p and 1080i, and Does It Matter?
- Why am I seeing black bars when I watch movies?
There are many DVD players available now that offer the ability to upconvert DVDs to the HD resolutions of 1280x720 and 1920x1080 through HDMI connections, and some ads are labeling such players as "HD" -- which they are not.
What you are seeing is a standard resolution DVD converted to the higher resolutions of high definition. But, just as you cannot take a wallet-sized photograph and blow it up and expect to have a high quality image, you are not going to get picture quality that matches true high definition images possible from the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, or even from HD channels available on over-the-air, cable, and satellite broadcasts.
The only way to get true high definition quality when watching a movie on a disc is to play an HD DVD in an HD DVD player or a Blu-ray disc in a Blu-ray player, connected with either their component or HDMI connections.
That's not to say that an upconverted image won't look better than the non-upconverted one. It just matters whether the player can do a better job of upconverting the image than your TV could. All such players and TVs will differ in their performance in this regard.
If you are going to pay $100 or more for an upconverting player, we recommend that you consider buying the entry-level HD DVD player, the Toshiba HD-A3, which can be found for around $200. It will not only upconvert standard resolution DVDs to the HD resolutions like other upconverting players (still not true HD), but it will also play all HD DVDs so you can enjoy the real increase in picture quality that the format can provide!
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