I have an interesting, but very cool situation with my use of a BH-100. This so far is making me very happy, as I have a stunning picutre and awsome sound, and so far no problems at all with my player, except one that is not the fault of the player...
BH100 @1080p24----->hdmi cable---->hdcp stripper----->DVDO VP50----->RGBHV out at 1080p60 via BNC high quality cables---->analog RGB ILA projector.
Three notes right off the top:
#1. I have been told that its not possible to do 1080p over RGB.
Wrong--Im doing it, its awsome, trust me, it works, its just rare.
#2. My projector is a ILA, not D-ILA system based on CRT's hybrided with a 3000 Watt Xenon lamp. The results are ture 1080p60 full res, no screen door, at killer brightness. (about 6000 lumens).
#3. You can find these on ebay dirt cheep, but dont be fooled, its a LOT of work to set up something like this in your home. I dont recomend it if you have a wife or a life. You'll loose both.
The BH100 has 3 things that I can not find any place else on any other current product ,that make it, in my opnion, the best DVD player you can get period.
#1. It plays both HD DVD and BluRay Moives. No other player dose this.
#2. It plays them both at 1080p24 native out over its hdmi port.
#3. Its built in 5.1 audio decoder works with dd, dts, pcm and its awsome. Plus it bost being able to do the new high-end audio formats such as uncompressed 5.1 pcm, dolby ture hd, dolby digital plus, and dts-hd, and dts-master aduio.
Point 1 - Being able to play both is the point. I know the hd dvd menus are not as prety, and never will be, but not a big deal. I have played several hd dvd movies in my player, and they all worked fine, and looked great.
Point 2 - 1080p24. Ok, at first this kinda confused me, but I have come to realize that this the native rate that high-def disks are encoded in, and beeing able to play these out its digital hdmi port at this native frame rate is a HUGH PLUS for those of us with out-board scalers such as the dvdoVP50.
People with scalers will tell you that you want your scaler to have the most native video signal comming too it, to allow its awsome chips to do ALL the work of scaling and framrate conversion, and transcoding. If this player did output 1080p60, (dont get me wrong, I wish it did as an option) you can bet that the chip that dose the native converion betwen 24fps and 60fps would be a cheep one to keep costs down. But giving us the option to feed 24fps to the scaler and letting its $3000 chips do the work results in a better preformace on the screen.
1080p60 would have been nice tho, since only a few lucky people with rare expensive scalers, or extreem high end plasma tv's will be able to use this player at 1080p. 1080p60 would have opend the door to every 1080p display device out there with an hdmi port.
Point 3 - If you have not heard the new high end audio codecs on these high def disks your missing out. I have to commend LG for putting in an analog out decoded that deals with almost every audio format including DTS-Lossless---the first EVER consumer prodcut to let us hear this killer sound format.
I know there are some issues too tho. HDMI Auido issues are a big problem. 2 of the best to high-def auido formats are limmited to stereo rather then 5.1. There is a known issue with 1080i over Y Pb Pr
with flicker. But if your lucky enough to have a TV that support 1080p24, and a 5.1 audio system with analog in's, this is a perfect player for you.
I spoke of a problem before that is not the fault of LG's player. Its a lip-sync issue with the new high-end auido format. I think the player is outputting prefect sync with its video over hdmi and its analog auiod out. The thing is, in my case, since I feed the vidoe ther an outboard scaler, this adds a video delay.
DVDO though of this and provided a 5.1 digital pass thru for fiber, but since fiber wont carry the high-def audio, how then do I delay 5.1 analog audio?