How would you "outsource" Sd scaling and processing/interlacing?

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a lot of HDTVs have trouble with SD material, is there a box or something i can put between the Tv and the source (XBMC, PS2) to sort out the processing and scaling?
 
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Upscaling options certainly exist. You can buy an external upscaling unit, though be aware that these usually start at around £500. I chap I used to work with blew close on £2k on his.
Another option is one of the newer AV amps, some of which have multiple video inputs and can upscale and output via a single HDMI. An example of this is the Onkyo 875. Comments on the net are that it's rather good at it, though it does cost a cool £1k. Having said that, it's also supposedly rather good at surround sound, so in terms of functionality/£ it's far from bad.

Having said all of that, I really couldn't tell you whether that would result in SD looking good on certain TVs, particularly LCD units. My personal preference would be a decent plasma.
 
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ah,, well thanks!

i guess if theres nothing around the ~£100-£150 mark then i'll have to rule it out

I'm looking at a Samsung 37r87 LCD or Panasonic 37PX70, but dont want to deal with the motion issues on the LCD nor the screen burn issues on the plasma
 
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i've heard that, but still worried about some gaming issues (phosphor something) and screen burn

Phosphor trailing wasnt an issue when I played Halo3 and forza 2. Picture is very good.

Can't comment on screen burn as I had no issues. I have advised my parents to run it on low brightness for a month or so just to help it bed in. I can only imagine the picture is even better now as I saw it brand new.
 
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