[QUOTE=ofield;1999091]It says Native Resolution 720p but also says capable of 480p, 720p,
It also says 1280 x 720-pixel resolution…[/QUOTE]
Your monitor will accept 1080i, but it will scale it to 720 and de-interlace it. If you feed the set 720p, it will do nothing. If you feed it 480p, it will upscale to 720p. If you feed it 480i it will upscale and de-interlace.
The player does all those same things, so the question is which is better at doing it. The main choices are whether to have the player output 720p or 1080i, and the only way to tell is to try both. You may find that the results might be slightly better one way on SD-DVD and the other way on HD-DVD. But the odds are very good that you won’t see any real differences.
The differences may also be more evident in high-motion video and anything else that tends to produce artifacts, but again the differences will be small.
Some people report better perceived images by feeding their 720 monitors 1080i, and some report it’s better with 720p. The majority see no difference.
Common sense seems to dictate that less precessing is better, so why have the player scale to 1080i then have the monitor re-scale to 720, especially when it involves de-interlacing. (de-interlacing is one area where many monitors seem to fall short of expectations). In the case of HD-DVDs with a resolution of 1080, the player would be re-scaling to 720, or passing the video as-is and letting the monitor re-scale to 720. So the question is whether the player or monitor is better at scaling and de-interlacing.
Try it both ways and let us know what you think.