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Well, I just installed my new TY-FB8HM HDMI board in my Panny 50" 8UK.
I am not able to notice ANY difference between the TY-FB7HM and the TY-FB8HM.
I'll probably post some pictures later, but basically I bought two identical DVD players with HDMI upscaling. I bought two copies of the same DVD, and set both boards up with the same screen settings.
Switching back and forth between the two inputs, I was unable to tell any difference.
When I paused the pictures, and closely examined the color scales, I was unable to tell any differences with gray scales, and there was no perceptable difference in color.
I finally broke down and read the maual (RTFM) and found a difference.
Under the listed modes, the 7 series board supported 5 input modes, and the 8 series supported 7 modes.
Here are the modes:
525/60p - 7 & 8 series
625/50p - 7 & 8 series
750/60p - 7 & 8 series
1125/60i - 7 & 8 series
VGA60 - 7 & 8 series
750/50p - 8 series only
1125/50i - 8 series only
My basic analysis of this is that the 8 series supports HD modes for Europe that the 7 series does not.
(Based on the fact that the US uses power at 60Hz, and the UK uses power at 50Hz.)
I'll post some pictures later, but I'm pretty sure that this will finally put to rest the whole dicussion on the differences between the 7 & 8 series.
There was no difference in color, and the only difference appears to be support of two additional European HD formats.