‘If you’re buying a High-Def set, you have to buy an upconverting DVD to go along with it.”
So the salesman at the now-defunct Tweeter told me when I bought my 40-inch LCD TV three years ago. So I did as told. When you’re spending way more than you should on a TV, what’s another $100 or so added onto the bill?
Did it help? Hard to say. Looking back, my money’s on “no.”
Flash forward three years, and one of the alleged perks of buying a Blu-ray player is that it really upconverts your old DVDs, almost up to Blu-ray levels. Or so they say.
But does it work?
I’ve owned my new Blu-ray player for about two weeks, and I must say my old DVDs do look a tad better playing in the Blu-ray machine.
It’s not a night and day thing. But I tend to watch my TV set up close, and I’m noticing less grain and sharper images now than before.
Granted, my set is 720p and not 1080p, the industry’s gold standard. But after sitting through a few standard DVD viewings I do think there’s a difference.
Is that enough to make people buy a Blu-ray player, especially since many of the available Blu-ray titles are far more expensive than their DVD cousins? That’s up to you.
UPDATE: Dave on Film agrees … and he’s got better gadgets than I do!