I recently purchased a Hitachi 4K UHD HDR LED TV, and I have a Sony DVD player that upscales to 1080p which I have connected to the TV with a HDMI cable.
I have read all about how tricky it can be to get a nice picture out of DVD's on a 4k TV due to the upscaling/downscaling effect - I have tried all sorts of combinations of settings on both the DVD player and the TV but at best I manage to get a "just about watchable" picture. What bothers me most are these faint horizontal lines that are visible on most DVD's.
I'm not at all looking to get a HD image out of my DVD's, I'm just looking for a bit of an improvement on what I'm currently getting, and somebody suggested I buy a 4k Blu Ray Player, which although primarily intended for Blu Ray discs, should still have the ability to upscale standard DVD discs.
I'm just wondering if I'm understanding that correctly. Again, I'm not looking to get a HD/Blu-Ray standard quality picture from my DVDs, but can I expect a 4k Blu Ray Player to yield a better picture on my 4k TV from my DVDs than my current Sony 1080p upscaling DVD player?
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You're going to be upscaling somewhere - in the TV, in the DVD player, in the BluRay player - sometimes multiple times (possibly by accident). It just depends on the quality of the upscaling algorithm as to which is preferred. BD has the foreknowledge of being built with that in mind, so it might have some improvements, but other than that it could be anyone's guess, and you will just have to try various scenarios to see which looks best to you.
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Gather DVDs on which you see artefacts and run them through a new machine. Also, get a DVD with test patterns, some of these can be found free on the Net. Too bad no one tests DVD/BD players as thoroughly as they did twenty years ago. You can try Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark, they also have one for BD. Sadly, the DVD version has been discontinued. Silicon Optix HQV Benchmark was a really good one, but HQV website seems has long been abandoned.
In your setup you can choose to deinterlace and upscale in the player or in the TV (two decades ago an outboard deinterlacer / scaler was also a solution). Or deinterlace in the player and upscale in the TV. Test and see which one works better. You would adjust the player's deinterlacer with a setting like "progressive scan" (this would convert to 60p, assuming it is NTSC) or "film" or "cinema" (this would convert to 24p for the content with film-like cadence).
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