But CDan, it sounds like you consider upconversion mostly marketing hype which does not really produce better playback image quality, even when viewed on a 1080p HD TV.
So if I understand correctly, your advice is that I probably would not noticeably improve the image quality of my DVD recordings made from HD stuff on my Dish DVR, or the image quality on my HD TV during playback of those recorded DVDs, with a newer DVD recorder that offers an HDMI output and 1080 upconversion capability.
Is that an accurate assessment of your feelings?
I have been very satisfied with the quality of my LiteOn recordings. About a year ago, I replaced the original burner, and it has performed very well ever since. But I assumed that newer recorders would capture superior image quality when recording from HD sources and, especially, would play back better image quality on an HD TV, through upconversion to 1080i or p output.
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1st, you are not recording HD images, but 480i images. That is all the 722 will output through SVHS connect. It’s a very high quality 480i, but still 480 nonetheless. Upscaling adds nothing to an image, only makes it larger.
Most folks are happy with Panasonic or Pioneer for recorded image quality. The best recorded image quality will be had by using XP (1-hour) mode or by using “Flexible Recording” where the video bit rate is adjusted to fit the disc. SP (2-hour) mode is usually quite good also. And you’re not the 1st person to complain about image quality on LiteOn recorders.
Since most new DVD recorders have upscaling anyway, you might as well get one that does. But the image you see from it will be no better than you would see from just using component connects on the DVD playback, UNLESS your monitor has issues with analog upscaling, which many do.
Given a monitor that has high quality upscaling circuitry, the only difference you would expect to see between component inputs and HDMI will be due to the digital connection vs analog. This might be perceived as slightly better color and contrast over HDMI. So it’s really a question of which has better upscaling circuitry, the player or the monitor.
I record HD content from my Dish 622 all the time on a Panasonic recorder via SVHS connect, results are quite good but not as good as commercial DVDs.
As a side note, be aware that many upscaling DVD players will not upscale DVD’s that have CSS encryption, which includes most store-bought movie DVDs.