I just started watching blurays this past week on a LG 370, and also started using a projector last week. My screen size is around 108" and I'm using a Viewsonic pro8100 projector. Everything is new to me and I'm still getting a handle on what I should expect from Bluray and my projector.
So far, I've been floored by the quality of the picture. Today I bought a 570 (thinking I would move the 370 from the home theatre to the family room and use the 570 in the theatre). I also bought Fight Club today. So I hooked up the 570 and popped in the Fight Club disc.
As soon as the trailer for Blurays came on the screen, I got a pit in my stomach. Something didn't look right. The picture looked as if it were being scaled up. Then I thought to myself that "maybe it's just standard def for this part". I eventually got to the actual movie, and I was really disapointed in the picture. I had read that the transfer of FC was pretty good so I was feeling underwhelmed. There seemed to be noise and slight jaggies as if I had the sharpness and/or detail enhancement up way too high.
So, I checked the settings of the projector and the BD player. Everything was set correctly. I watched a few scenes and tried to memorize how they looked and then played the same scenes again on the 370.
Right away, things seemed to look better. Smoother, much more pleasing to the high... not digital looking at all. I thought it might just be my eyes or my mind playing tricks on me, so I repeated going back and forth a few times and I was convinced there was a difference.
Until this point, even without experience, I had always been in the camp that thought there was no difference between players when playing back BDs in PQ. I figured the only way to try to confirm if my eyes were just playing tricks or not was to try and see if I could see a difference if I took some photos.
Until today, I never thought I would be the guy with his camera pointed at his screen. So, I set my DSLR on a tripod and used a timer. The exposure, focus, and white balance were set manually and locked. I had a wide lens on so, unfortunately, the camera shadow shows in the pictures.
It's subtle in the pictures, but you can definitely see there is a difference between the PQ of the two players. The difference seems MUCH more obvious on the screen. In some of the pictures, the 570 image almost seems "better", but I can assure you that on the screen, it is the opposite.
You can see on the 370, the picture seems 'smoother' with a less digital look. There is less noise in the out of focus areas. This is much more apparent on screen.
The 570 seems to have a slightly brighter picture with more shadow detail and some jaggies, ringing along edges. The transitions of colours seem "ugly" and there is noise in places where there isn't any on the 370.
Here are the pictures
#5 Notice how the edge of EN's nose is smoother on the 370 and there is way less green/blue noise on the left edge of Bob's name tag
#6 This is subtle, but notice how BP's hand has ringing around the edge on the 570. Also on the 570, BP's forearm breaks up along it's edge and EN's face seems more blotchy.
#7 In this one, the 570 photo (not screen image) almost seems to look better because it is a bit sharper, but upon close inspection, the gun barrel is more blotchy rather than smooth looking, the blue background has harsher/ugglier noise and the transition from blue to black in the top left is much nicer on the 370.
#8 The 570 is sharper and appears more detailed but up on screen it looks noisy and ugly. The dark to light transitions are obviously smoother as is evident around the light frames (top left).
The results seem pretty consistant. Perhaps the 570 might look nicer on a traditional display less than 50"? But on a bigger screen, it seems obvious that there is something going on in one of the players that makes the 370 look better on my screen.
Anyone have ideas what the reason for this is?