Originally Posted by infinitera
So we bought one of these over the weekend, and while the display is great, it has exposed weaknesses with both cheap-o dvd players we tried it with. I expect this is the case with any HD display (this is my first). The funny thing is, each dvd player had a different quirk that became magnified by having it on a 1080p screen with its own quality upconversion.
Standard definition is only as good as the source or the machine that is connected to the HDTV. If you admit that they're 'cheap-o' DVD players then why not spring the extra few bucks for a quality DVD player?
So my question(s) to the collective of owners here:
1. What have you found is the best dvd input format to the 747? 480i or 480p?
480i if possible, although 480 will work if that's the only way you can output a signal from the player. My PS3 and XBox 360 will only output 480p (HDMI and component, respectively) and, compared with the 480i from a non-upconverting player, the differences were indetectable to my naked eye. In theory though its best to let the 747i handle any SD signal it gets from the very bottom (480i) up.
2. Is any particular physical medium (s-video, component, whatever) better?
HDMI and component (red-green-blue cable, also known as RGB) are by far the best. S-Video, composite (yellow-red-white cable) and RF are, in order, the best-to-worst alternatives after HDMI and component.
3. Given 1 and 2, what mfg. or player would you recommend (or should I repost this whole thing to the dvd forum
If its only DVD's you want then Oppo makes a terrific upconverting player that's also region free (PAL DVD's from Europe!) and has a quality built. Its also a great upconverter for the times you need to hook the Oppo to an HDTV other than your 747i. For regular off the shelf brands I've been lucky with Panasonic and Pioneer DVD players for years (particularly the latter). Ideally get a quality DVD players with HDMI so the 'hand shake' with the HDTV (whether it's the 747i or another in the future) is an all-digital affair.
That'll be $38.87 cents, will that be charge of cash you will be using to pay?