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DVDO Edge Video Scaler and Processor - Review

Introduction To The DVDO Edge Video Scaler - Processor

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Front View With Accessories

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Front View With Accessories

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The DVDO Edge is a feature-packed, affordable, standalone video scaler and processor that delivers what it promises. Anchor Bay VRS Technology enables the DVDO Edge to deliver the best possible image on an HDTV from Composite, S-video, Component, PC, or HDMI sources. In addition, other features, such as 6 HDMI inputs (including one on the front panel), a complete array of NTSC, PAL, and High Definition output resolutions, variable zoom adjustment, mosquito noise reduction, and audio/video synch give the DVDO Edge a great deal of flexibility. To find out more about the DVDO Edge, keep reading...

NOTE: Since this review was published, additional firmware updates provided by DVDO have added video test patterns and 3D signal pass-through.

Product Overview

The question you may be asking reading this review is "Why would I need a standalone Video Scaler?" After all, a growing number of consumers own HDTVs and DVD players with built-in scalers, as well components that are already high definition capable, such as an HD-Cable or Satellite Box, Blu-ray Disc player, Sony PS3 or Xbox.

However, not all upscaling DVD players, or other upscaled or high definition sources are created equal. With so many sources connected our HDTVs, including old VCRs, how do you know if you are getting the best results possible from each unit on your TV screen?

This is where the DVDO Edge comes in. Here are its main features:

1. Deinterlacing of SD and HD signals and Video Scaling up to 1080p for matching native HDTV pixel resolutions.

2. Mosquito Noise Reduction to remove video compression artifacts.

3. Detail and Edge Enhancement allow accurate adjustment the sharpness of the picture to personal taste.

4. Exclusive PReP - Progressive ReProcessing cleans up poor source video processing.

5. Elimination of LipSync Problems by removing the any delay between audio and video signals.

6. Intuitive onscreen interface with Set-Up Wizards. On Screen Hints guide provided for easier menu navigation.

7. Automatic Power On/Off when source is connected and turned on or off.

7. Back-lit Universal Remote Control provided.

8. 6 HDMI 1.3 Audio/Video Inputs, including 1 on the front panel for Game Consoles, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, or any other device with HDMI.

9. 4 Analog Video Inputs, including 2 Component, 1 S-Video and 1 Composite Video.

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Component, Composite, S-Video, Analog Audio Connections

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Component, Composite, S-Video, Analog Audio Connections

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10. 5 assignable audio inputs for any any of the video inputs, including 3 Digital Optical, 1 Digital Coaxial, and 1 Stereo Analog input.

11. 2 HDMI 1.3 Outputs - 1 that supports audio and video that can be connected directly to an HDTV and 1 that supports audio only that can be connected directly to A/V Receiver. An Optical Digital audio output is also available for legacy A/V receivers that do not support HDMI.

12. Compatible with TVs with an HDMI audio/video input or a DVI input (via adapter cable) and AV Receivers with an HDMI or Digital Optical audio input.

For an additional look at the features of the Edge, check out my Photo Profile

Overview of HDMI

HDMI stands for High Definition Multi-media Interface. Get a closer look at an HDMI connector.

The DVDO Edge has the ability to convert all analog and digital video signals and then transfer the scaled and processed video information via its HDMI output to an HDTV equipped with an HDMI or DVI-HDCP (via a connection adapter) input. HDMI can transfer both video and audio signals. In fact, the DVDO Edge has two HDMI outputs, one for both audio and video, and one solely devoted to audio output only.

Overview of Video Upscaling

You can enable the DVDO Edge to either feed its video output signal as either 720p, 1080i, or 1080p (in addition to 480p) to your HDTV.

720p is 1,280 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 720 pixels down the screen vertically. This arrangement yields 720 horizontal lines on the screen, which are, in turn, displayed progressively, or each line displayed following another.

1080i represents 1,920 pixels displayed across a screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down a screen vertically. This arrangement yields 1,080 horizontal lines, which are, in turn, displayed alternately. In other words, all the odd lines are displayed, followed by all the even lines.

1080p represents the same pixel resolution as 1080i, however, the lines are displayed progressively, rather than alternately, providing a better visual look. Check out more details on 1080p.

The Practical Side Of Video Upscaling

The capability of the DVDO Edge to output a video signal in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p format allows its video output to more closely match the capabilities of today's HDTVs.

Although this is not the same as watching your DVDs or other standard definition sources in true-high definition, you will experience increased detail and color you didn't think was possible; unless you purchase a HD-DVD or Blu-ray Player and view HD-DVD or Blu-ray Discs.

The upscaling function works best on fixed pixel displays, such as LCD or Plasma sets, the upscaling process may sometimes result in harsh images on standard CRT and Projection sets.

In addition, if your television has a native display resolution other than 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, you can select the correct output resolution via the DVDO Edge or you can let the TV's on internal video processor rescale the incoming signal to its own specification, which can also yield different results on the final, displayed television image. The best option is to set the DVDO Edge to the correct output resolution that matches your HDTV.

Hardware Used In This Review

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Digital Audio/HDMI Connnections

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Digital Audio/HDMI Connnections

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Home Theater Receivers: Onkyo TX-SR705, Harman Kardon AVR147.

Source Components: Sony BD-PS1 and Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc Players, and OPPO DV-983H DVD Player (used for standard DVD upscaling comparison), and OPPO Digital DV-980H DVD Player (using standard definition Composite, S-Video, and Component Video outputs only). Panasonic LX-1000U Laserdisc Player, and LG RC897T DVD Recorder/VCR Combo(on loan).

Loudspeaker System 1: 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center , 2 Polk R300s, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Loudspeaker System 2: EMP Tek HTP-551 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker Package (EF50C Center Channel Speaker,4 EF50 Bookshelf Speakers, E10s Powered Subwoofer (on review loan).

TV/Monitors: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor, and Syntax LT-32HV 720p LCD TV. Displays calibrated using SpyderTV Software.

Audio/Video connections made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables. 16 Gauge Speaker Wire used.

Software Used

Standard DVDs: Crank, House of the Flying Daggers, The Cave, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, V For Vendetta, U571, Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander.

Blu-ray Discs: 300, Across The Universe, A Night at the Museum, Blade Runner, Iron Man, Starship Troopers, Wall-E.

Laserdiscs: Jason and the Argonauts, Lawrence of Arabia, Jurassic Park

VHS Tapes: Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Predator, Spartacus

Deinterlacing and Upscaling performance for standard DVDs was tested using the Silicon Optix HQV Test Disc.

Proceed to Page 2 - Evaluation and Final Take.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
, Member JohnnyReality

The DVDO Edge is the first video processor I've used, or owned, so It would be impossible for me to compare it with anything else...however..when I see some of the prices for units that don't offer as many features..let alone the fact that I am very pleased with it...I would easily list this unit as a ""buy"" , I'm feeding a panasonic viera 50"" 1080p plasma...I find quite a difference in the picture quality since incorporating the edge...It is a very noticable improvement with fast motion scenes and sports from my hi-def satellite box...the new firmware update improved the edge even further. The only complaints I may have..If I am allowed to complain about something in this price range is that(1) some type of memory for certain signals i.e. when switching to standard def 4:3 it would be nice if a zoom or panamorph setting could be set into memory, (2) the mosquito noise reduction doesn't seem all that great, and I pretty much never use it..before the firmware update it actually seemed to make the picture softer. I could rave on about all the things I like about the edge..It is a nice piece of hardware for any home theater enthusiast looking for reference quality video on their high end plasma through any source providing less than 1080p.

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