Originally Posted by sigteacher
It's good to see you're still alive and kicking Cheeze. Sometimes I come back to this thread just to drool over the pics you posted
I eventually purchased the HDMI blade with the intent of going DVI-HDMI from my PC but the blade died (at least that's what I think). Unfortunately there is no way to test the blade without purchasing another. I should have just bought the DVI the first time because now they are hard to find.
Oops... sorry for the 8 month late reply..
I don't even remember what brand and model plasma you got. Did you get a Pio pro plasma? I know that DVI blade for Panny 7UY, 8UK, 9UK are all virtually impossible to get now... unless you find one used or something.
Yes, DVI is a must, or HDMI, but make sure you get 1:1 pixel map running. Part of the reason why my pictures look so crisp, sharp, and authentic is due to 1:1 pixel mapping, plus my Panny 7UY is known to have pixel sharp pictures. Each pixel lit very bright which also adds more sharp looking picture to it as well. DVI also provides cleaner whites and they are virtually perfectly even across the screen compare to RGB VGA cables or anything analog. The DVI with right setup will transform this TV into super plasma. These TV's have potential. Do not underestimate.
Let me remind to a few of you that there are only a few TV's with right setup making SD contents look so sharp.
Old Panny Pro plasma + DVI-D cable + ATi card + 1:1 pixel mapping + right kind of video playback software will give razor sharp pictures when playing following SD contents:
- 1024 x 576
- 800 x 450
- 720 x 480
- 640 x 480
- 640 x 352
Use Media Player Classic or / and old version of Elecard MPEG Player (version 4.x) which will not
apply any smooth pixel or line filtering when viewing low res videos. Of course the video source needs to be raw too. Upon close inspection the picture will look pixelated, or will see jagged lines or rough edges. But if you sit and view 6 or 10 ft or farther away (your typical viewing distance) the pictures will look very sharp. It gives you the illusion that you are watching a high def razor sharp pictures. Did you think some of the SD screenshots look good because they were taken pictures?? Hell no. They really do look sharp in real time viewing on a plasma. This is something some of you may overlook or not realize this important key fact. I doubt Pioneer pro plasma has the ability to view contents in such way.... unless it has some special settings on the TV that will disable smooth filtering. On most typical TV's used by general public, the pictures will look soft and blurry when viewing such low res content videos as listed above.
Will it give you same sharp or sharper pictures when viewing 720P and 1080i/p? Hell yes. Didn't you see the screenshots of blu-ray and 1080i drama videos?
It's a win win situation, win no matter what res you play.
Anyways, my Panny 7UY is running strong like tank, not one single problem. The reliability is amazing on this panel, just amazing...
How old is this thing now??? 7 years old????
I guess you could say this is my "long term personal review". The two handles attached to the plasma panel is amazingly strong and study. The weight of the plasma is 95 lbs. Each handle is holding 47.5 lbs of weight hanging on the wall for over 6 1/2 years. This is a tank.
The total number of wax and buffing applied on the 7UY is 7 times. The anti-glare coating on the outer glass is nearly gone, which is making my plasma to bring out clearer pictures it seems. It's clear and breeze, like looking out the window. Oh yeah, during day time with window curtains open you can't watch well due to reflections... that's what the curtains are for to close them. LMFAO
The outer glass is so smooth it's slippery. There is zero number of scratches or chips, nothing.
I can't notice any brightness loss of my plasma. I use about 5 hours a day. I have owned it for 6.5 years now? The black level seem better now than before.
There appears to be no visual loss of contrast or punchness. Same razor sharp looking pictures.
Don't buy cheap ass ATi video card.. They don't last very long. My $500 ATi Radeon X1950 video card is still running in perfect condition, not a single problem. The rest of my PC hardware are all good except that I had to change out the power supply as it has served its time and had to retire.
So you can say I have a very solid, reliable setup. Am I looking to "replace" my 7UY in the future? Not anytime soon. Maybe 5 or 10 years later. Am I looking to "add" another plasma? Pretty likely, it won't replace my 7UY as it's golden.... super king of the king plasmas. Also note that this is fully made and assembled in Japan. You can't find many plasmas that are made in Japan nowdays... most are made in what.. China? or Mexico?
I have some ultra super duper high quality razor sharp crisp 1080i asian drama videos but I have been lazy to take pictures of them.... I'm getting old.
These videos, seriously, surpass a lot of the Blu-ray movies out there. They are unreal.....