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Old 02-17-2007, 04:02 AM
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I've read that you can get DVDs to upconvert by using a VGA cable. I just bought one, and before I open it, I want to make sure. I have the HD DVD add-on, and a 720p/1080i TV.

If it does work, which upconverts the DVDs? The 360 itself, or the HD DVD drive?
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:50 PM
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The 360 Itself Upconverts SD DVDs. The addon is just an HD-DVD ROM Drive with a USB Hub on it. The Upcoversion only works via VGA Cable.

This as I understand it Since I don't have access to my 360 and I don't have the Add-on...yet.
720p, 1080i, 1080p Games-->Component & VGA Cable
720p, 1080i HD-DVD Movies & SD DVD Upconversion (via HD DVD Drive only)--> Component
720p, 1080i, 1080p Games, HD-DVD Movies & SD DVD Upconversion (via HD DVD Drive only)--> VGA Cable
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:40 PM
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I had a terrible experience with my VGA cable. It could have been a faulty cable or the way my TV handles VGA input. It was promptly returned. I hope you purchased your cable from a retailer with a good return policy, just in case.
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Old 02-17-2007, 07:25 PM
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The 360 Itself Upconverts SD DVDs. The addon is just an HD-DVD ROM Drive with a USB Hub on it. The Upcoversion only works via VGA Cable.

This as I understand it Since I don't have access to my 360 and I don't have the Add-on...yet.
720p, 1080i, 1080p Games-->Component & VGA Cable
720p, 1080i HD-DVD Movies & SD DVD Upconversion (via HD DVD Drive only)--> Component
720p, 1080i, 1080p Games, HD-DVD Movies & SD DVD Upconversion (via HD DVD Drive only)--> VGA Cable
Hmmm...my HD DVD Add-on upconverts SD DVD's via component......
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Old 02-17-2007, 07:45 PM
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Hmmm...my HD DVD Add-on upconverts SD DVD's via component......
No, due to copy protection. All you get is 480p for SD movies.
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:28 AM
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No, due to copy protection. All you get is 480p for SD movies.
Your're right, but it looks a lot better then my other DVD player.

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Old 02-18-2007, 06:30 AM
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I have to agree with James. My add on looks considerably better than any standard DVD player I own. And I'm using component. And I have a 1080I hdtv. It's 61", so it's pretty easy to tell the difference in quality (very noticable on any season of 24 on dvd).
I know what all the "in the know" people are saying about copy protection and VGA being the only "upconverter" option. But I have a feeling Microsoft has done something to help with the standard dvds on the Add on.
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:22 PM
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I was wrong on the SD Upconversion via component.

http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/09/21...ent-1080p-vga/
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:35 PM
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Well, I guess the higher quality I am seeing must just be the difference between 480I and 480P.
But that's fine with me. At least it's an improvement to some level.
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I had a terrible experience with my VGA cable. It could have been a faulty cable or the way my TV handles VGA input. It was promptly returned. I hope you purchased your cable from a retailer with a good return policy, just in case.
It is the way the TV handles the VGA input. I know someone who just bought a new Sony 40" with 1080p, but it's 1080p input is limited to HDMI only. The Sony TV only accepts up to 1080i over component, and limits the quality of the VGA input as well.

In contrast my Samsung accepts up to 1080p over HDMI, component and accepts a full 1920 x 1080 signal from the VGA.

The only drawback of the VGA connection is the limitations of the smaller color spectrum over the connection. It's not much of a difference on my TV, and many people boost the color levels of their TV to compensate.

There is also a noticable difference in the upconversion available through the VGA connection, vs the 480p signal, as long as your TV can handle a quality VGA signal that is...
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