What you should know about progressive scan DVD players
HD DVD players do a good job upconverting standard DVDs to near HD DVD quality, so they can be used as a replacement for your older, standard, or progressive scan or upconverting DVD player. HD DVD players are much less expensive currently than Blu-ray players, and the manufacturing costs for the discs are lower. The resolution of the war will probably depend on what happens with Hollywood studio support and in the retail channels.
There are several brands of new models and existing models that are worth looking into.
Phillips HTS6500 500W
Philips DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD player, Model: Philips DVP-642;
This progressive scan DVD player is priced at around $65.00, making it a number 1seller in Europe because it plays on the list. This progressive scan DVD player will display Region 1/All Region PAL-formatted discs, which are the video standard in Europe, for viewing on standard NTSC televisions.
TOSHIBA SD-4000 Progressive Scan DVD Player. Video Upconversion displays a digital signal at 720p or 1080i, matching the resolution of the HD display. This feature eliminates signal deterioration. Multiformat playback capability includes DVD minus/ plus R, DVDminus/plus RW, VCD, SVCD, DivX, CD R, CD RW, MP3 and WMA playback for a wide range of playback options. HD JPEG provides the ability to view images in enhanced resolution when using HDMI and an HD display device.
This Toshiba model includes affordable ColorStream Component Video for up to 480p Progressive-scan DVD playback.
There are differences between the players' basic quality, but mostly, you're going to notice very minor video differences if the DVD player is are working well. When the player is playing an inferior DVD, this is when viewers get upset. Some consumers are debating whether the LCD viewing screens are superior for progressive player DVDs. Many are finding that the brand of the LCD is a major performance factor. Some users of notebook computers using an external player are reporting good results.
Too many people assumed when they got their new progressive player home and plugged it in, the great new viewing experience would be like watching a new film. This is not so.
The best DVD players today are nearly all progressive, and excellent progressive players can be had for around $200, there's not much reason to live without a progressive DVD.