DVDO Edge Video Scaler and Processor - Photo Profile

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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
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Front View With Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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 HD output resolutions, continuously variable zoom adjustment, mosquito noise reduction, and audio pass-through give the DVDO Edge a great deal of flexibility. Check out a close-up look at the Edge in this Photo Profile. In addition, for a more on the features, functions, and performance of the DVDO Edge, and whether it is a product that is right for you, also check out my Short and Full Reviews, as well as my Video Performance Tests Gallery.

Starting off this photo profile of the DVDO Edge is a look at the unit and the included accessories.

On the left is a CD containing a digital copy of the user manual, along with additional customer support resources.

Just behind the CD is the detachable Power Cord that is provided.

Leaning against the wall is the wireless universal remote control and in front of that is a hard copy of the Setup Guide. The Setup Guide provides the basic information a user needs to get started. The Setup Guide is very well illustrated and easy to read. Even newbies will find it easy to understand. For detailed information on how to use the DVDO Edge, the user should consult the user manual contained on the provided CD.

As you can see, the front panel of the DVDO Edge has no controls or LED panel - all functions are activated by the included wireless remote control and onscreen menus. In other words, don't lose the remote.

Lastly, there is a front-mounted HDMI input located in the front center of the unit (see additional close-up photo).

No connection cables are provided.

For a closer look at the connections of the DVDO Edge, proceed to the next photo in this gallery.

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Rear View

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Rear View
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is ​a photo of the entire rear panel of the DVDO Edge Video Scaler.

As you can see, there are several types of audio and video input/output connections, including six HDMI inputs. For a more detailed close-up look and explanation of the connections of the DVDO Edge, proceed to the next two photos...

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

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. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is a look at the analog video and audio inputs that are available on the DVD Edge.

Starting on the left are two sets of Component Video inputs. Also, one of the sets also includes H and V connectors. These added connections are provided so that you can connect the VGA output from a PC using a VGA-to-Component Video Adapter cable.

As you move to the right of the Component Video inputs, you will also notice two inputs labeled "Synch". These inputs are provided for use in conjunction with a SCART-to-Component Video adapter cable. SCART cables are primarily used in Europe. The DVDO Edge can easily work in both the NTSC and PAL systems.

Moving further to the right are a set of analog stereo input connections as well as both a Composite (yellow) and S-Video (black) video connections. These connections should be used if connecting a VCR.

For a look at additional inputs, as well as the HDMI outputs, proceed to the next photo...

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

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Digital Audio/HDMI Connnections
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Digital Audio/HDMI Connnections. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo are the Digital Audio and HDMI connections.

The connections along the top of the photo include one Digital Coaxial (which is a peach color) and three Digital Optical (which are pink) audio inputs. Also provided is a Digital Optical output connection (green). If you have a home theater receiver that does not have the ability to transfer digital audio via the HDMI connection, these are the next preferable connections to use. The downside is that you will only be able to access standard Dolby Digital, DTS, and Two-Channel PCM audio. You will not have access to Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, or Multi-channel PCM audio.

Along the bottom row are the HDMI connections. First, there are five HDMI inputs which can be used to connect a variety of HDMI-equipped source devices to the DVDO Edge. In addition, there are two HDMI outputs. It is important to note that the first HDMI output is for both audio and video, and the second one is for audio only.

The reason for this is so that if you have an HDMI-equipped home theater receiver, you can connect the audio-only HDMI output to the receiver and connect the first HDMI output to the HDTV or Video Projector. Also, if you don't have a home theater receiver, the primary HDMI output transfers both an audio and video signal to your HDTV.

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Inside Front View

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Inside Front View
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Inside Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a close-up look at the inside of the DVDO Edge, as viewed from above and front of the unit.

For a look inside of the DVDO Edge from the rear vantage point, proceed to the next photo...

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Inside Rear View

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Inside Rear View
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Inside Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a close-up look at the inside of the DVDO Edge, as viewed from above and rear of the unit.

For a close-up look at, and explanation of, some of the video processing and control chips inside the DVDO Edge, proceed to the next photo...

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - ABT2010 Video Processing Chip

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - ABT2010 Video Processing Chip
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - ABT2010 Video Processing Chip. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is an extreme close-up of the main video processing chip used in the DVDO Edge: The ABT2010. This chip is designed to handle all of the major video processing for the DVDO Edge, including video noise reduction, detail enhancement, deinterlacing, and scaling. These features are part of the Anchor Bay Video Reference Series (VRS) processors and they are all included in the ABT2010 chip. For a complete rundown of this chip, check out the ABT2010 product page.

In addition, there are several other chips used in support of the ABT2010. Some of these include:

1. An ABT1010 chip, which is normally used as a video and audio processing chip in upscaling DVD players and other devices, is included in the DVDO Edge for the audio-only HDMI output functions. (see photo)

2. An Analog Devices ADV7800 chip (see photo) is used to convert analog video to digital video and stream it into the ABT2010 for video processing. The chip features a 3D comb filter and 10-bit Analog-to-Digital-Converters (ADCs) to provide compatibility with NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video formats. This is important for users with legacy equipment that does not have an HDMI output. For an overview of this chip, check out the Analog Devices ADV7800 product page.

3. Multiple Silicon Image Sil9134 (see photo) and Sil9135 (see photo) chips included to provide control of the the 6 HDMI inputs and HDMI output while maintaining an acceptable user experience when changing HDMI inputs. Using multiple chips allows fast HDCP (High Definition Copy-Protection) "handshake" recovery between the Edge and an HDTV or Video Projector when changing from one input to another. See the Silicon Image Sil9134 and Sil9135 Product Pages.

4. Another chip that is important to the operation of the DVDO Edge is the NXP LPC2368 micro-controller (see photo). This chip generates the Onscreen menu display and also controls the commands that activate the various functions of the Edge.

For a look at the Remote Control and Onscreen Menu Navigation of the DVDO Edge, proceed to the next series of photos...

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Remote Control

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Remote Control
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a close-up view of the wireless remote control for the DVDO Edge.

As you can see, the remote is about 9 inches long and is about 2 1/2 inches wide. Despite its apparently large size, the remote is easy to hold and use. The layout is very typical for a universal remote, with the on/off buttons laid out on the very top, component control select buttons, and volume and channel buttons for operating a television.

Moving down to the center of the remote is an area where all of the menu access and navigation buttons are located to operate the DVDO Edge.

Below the DVDO Edge control section are buttons for controlling the playback functions of a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player, or both playback and record functions for a VCR or DVD Recorder.

Other functions, such as direct input select buttons and direct chapter or channel access buttons, are laid out in the bottom portion of the remote.

The remote has a backlight function to make it easier to use in a darkened room.

One final note about the remote control for the DVDO Edge is that it is required to operate all of the functions of the unit. There are no controls on the front panel of DVDO Edge - so don't lose the remote!

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Main Menu

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Main Menu
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Main Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is the first in a series of photos that shows the onscreen menu setup for the DVDO Edge. It is important to note that the blue-screen background only appears if there is not active source image. If you are playing a DVD, or any other source, the menu is superimposed over the actual image. This means that you can navigate the menus while you are watching your DVD or other source signal.

The actual menu system is very easy to use. As you can see there are seven major categories, with each category having a sub-menu for further options. Also, as you go down each selection, a subtitle appears on the bottom of the page that tells you what the category does.

Going through the category list briefly:

Select Input allows you to select the source input and also associate it with an audio input.

Zoom and Pan allows you to position the image to your own taste. The Zoom function allows either and overall proportional Zoom, or you can zoom the image either just horizontally or vertically, or a different combination of both.

Aspect Ratio allows you to tell the Edge what type of screen your HDTV or Video Projecto has: 16x9 or 4x3.

Picture Controls allow you to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Edge Enhancement, Detail Enhancement, and Mosquito Noise Reduction.

Settings allow you to set the Output Format (interlaced, progressive, and resolution), Underscan, Input Priority, Audio output format and Audio Delay (AV Synch), Game Mode (removes most video processing), and Factory Defaults.

Information displays the brand and model number of your TV, what the source resolution is, the aspect ratio, etc...

Finally, the Wizard Launch allows the DVDO Edge to engage the basic settings. This probably the best thing to do at first, and then you can go through rest of the menu and fine tune your settings.

Proceed to the next photo...

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Settings Menu

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Settings Menu
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Settings Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Settings Sub-menu for the DVDO Edge.

As mentioned on the previous page, the Setting sub-menu allows you to set the Output Format (interlaced, progressive, and resolution), Underscan, Input Priority, Audio output format and Audio Delay (AV Synch), Game Mode (removes most video processing), and Factory Defaults.

Proceed to the next photo...

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Display Wizard Menu

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Display Wizard Menu
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Display Wizard Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Display Wizard. The display Wizard actually the displays the model number of your HDTV or video projector via information gathered through the HDMI output connection from the DVDO Edge and the display device.

Proceed to the next photo...

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DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Picture Control Menu

DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Picture Control Menu
DVDO Edge Video Scaler By Anchor Bay - Picture Control Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the Picture Controls Sub-menu of the DVDO Edge.

The Picture Controls allow you to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Edge Enhancement, Detail Enhancement, and Mosquito Noise Reduction.

Final Take

This concludes my photo look at the features and functions of the DVDO Edge Video Scaler and Processor.

The Edge can serve as a central hub for all of your video and audio sources, whether analog or HDMI-enabled. The EDGE provides a consistent image quality result from different sources, as well as providing the added benefit of providing audio and video synchronization.

After running a variety of sources through the Edge, including a Laserdisc player and VCR, I found that it did a good job improving the image quality from Laserdisc, but VHS sources remain somewhat soft, as there is not enough contrast and edge information to work with. Upscaled VHS definitely does not look as good as Upscaled DVD.

However, the upscaling performance of the Edge was superior to the DVD upscaling performed by my upscaling DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. The only Upscaling DVD player that came close, was the OPPO DV-983H, which uses similar core video processing technology as the Edge.

If you have a lot of video sources going to your HDTV, the Edge is a great way to get the best results possible from each component, even from devices that already have built-in scalers.sources going to your HDTV, the Edge is a great way to get the best results possible from each component, even from devices that already have built-in scalers.

In addition, for a more on the features, functions, and performance of the DVDO Edge, and whether it is a product that is right for you, also check out my Short and Full Reviews, as well as my Video Performance Tests Gallery.