I have a Pioneer DV-09 with 10 bit and Philips DVD 963SA that has a 13bit. The 13 bit is way better, No Match!
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Do you really think that is a fair comarison? The DV-09, which I also own, is ~5 yr old technology, and not progressive, while the 963, which I also own, is both newer and a progressive scan DVD player.
I personally have a DV-50 that just got back from it's upgrade from 12 to 14 bit technology, whilst adding a DVI output.
The picture is definitely better, though nt by that much, and I don't know how much is due to the digital out vs analog....
I will try the analog outs soon, and try to compare to see what is the real upgrade..... in the mean time, I love the looks of the upgraded player...
A higher Bit/Mhz Video DAC is definitely a plus for your DVD player. It simply means a lot more information can be processed a whole lot faster. Also a more powerful DAC processor affords your DVD player the opportunity to deploy a much more sophisticated algorithm in order to achieve a better progressive scan (a rather complicated task) which should translate into a better picture with smoother motion. High Definition/Up Converting DVD players generally require more proccesing power.