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What is the difference between upconverting and upscaling?

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Upconversion changes the connection type through which the video travels; upscaling changes the resolution of the displayed video signal.

  • Upconversion - Upconverts composite video to S-Video, S-Video to component video, and component video to HDMI® video signal to provide a higher quality connection to the TV, while simultaneously reducing the need to switch input sources at the TV. Sony's exclusive system also offers control over Hue, Brightness and Contrast. This is included on some of the Sony® Home Stereo receivers.

    NOTE: Upconverting video signal does not increase the resolution or quality of the original video signal.

  • Upscale - To convert one set of values to a higher set of values. For example, HDTV sets upconvert broadcast TV (480i) and DVDs (480i or 480p) to the highest format the set supports (720p, 1080i or 1080p). The feature reads the data on a standard DVD at 480P and maximizes the video resolution to best fit your HDMI compatible TV. This allows you to enjoy the best in video performance while delivering digital video and audio over one simple cable. Some Sony DVD players and recorders have this function built in.

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