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post #91 of 167 Old 02-27-2006, 12:26 PM
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DVD player: LG LST-3510A with built-in DVD player
Resolution: 480p/720p/1080i
Connection: DVI/HDMI
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Display: Philips 30PW8420
Calibration: Avia

Comments: This combination produces wonderful clarity. I keep the tuner set on 1080i, as my CRT won't display a 720p signal, and 480p is too grainy. The improvement over 480i and an anolog display is still stunning after six weeks of enjoying this new technology. I also bought a Harmony 676 remote to pull together the Philips TV, the LG tuner, and our Sony STR-DE635 receiver. It's a great setup which the family really enjoys.

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DVD player: Oppo DV971H
Resolution: 720p
Connection: Included DVI-HDMI Calbe
Scaler: None
Display: Sony KDF-E42A10 (LCD RPTV)
Calibration: AVIA and settings from members posted on AVS Forums

Comments: WOW... this dvd player+tv is an awesome combo, and for the price of the player, included cables, AMAZING cust support... it CANT get any better.
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Does anyone here have a recommendation for a fairly inexpensive DVD player with HDMI (<= $200) that works well with the Philips 37PF7230A 37" LCD? I was going to go with the Sony DVP-NS70H, but there are several posts in this forum that discuss picture-shift issues with that one.

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DVD player: Denon DVD-2900
Resolution: 480p
Connection: component
Display: Panasonic TH-42PX50U
Calibration: DVE

Comments: Calibration has been a bit of a confusing chore for me, and I think eventually I'll have to get an ISF calibration from a pro. If I had understood better the importance of having different picture settings for different sources I might've gone with a different display.

I'm pretty happy with this combination, the Denon was an "upgrade" from the Pioneer 563a, although I can't say I saw a significant improvement. I think there is a slight reduction in picture noise and an increase in shadow detail, but it isn't a night and day difference (the lack of layer change, however, was a huge improvement, and my Pio has been buggy lately). They are both many steps above the DVD playback of my LG DVD recorder and some kind of drugstore cheapy model (Sylvania, maybe) I recently viewed at a relative's home.

I'd be curious to hear from any owners of my display if they've seen a significant difference between excellent component video performers and any of the higher-end upconverting HDMI players (59avi, 3910, etc.). I never did try out any of the Faroudja players to see if I would indeed have a macroblocking problem.
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Player: LG-511
Resolution: 1080I
Connection: component or HDMI, using component
Display: Hitachi 32Udx10s(crt)
Calibration: Personal.

PQ is AMAZING. The LG-511 by default will only send 480 via component if a HDCP dvd is played. Thanks to "hacks" found here you can easily send 720p/1080I. Macroblocking is turned off. No artifacts at 720p/1080I.
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DVD player: Denon 1910
Resolution: 480i
Connection: component
Display: Sony 50" SXBR
Calibration: Forum recommended calibrated setting by vanrobson

Comments: Best picture I've ever had. Originally had hooked up through dvi-hdmi cable, but showed mb and green push. Once connected through component, all problems went away, no difference in picture quality. Sony has a superb built in scaler.
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DVD player: Momitsu v880
Resolution: 720p
Connection: DVI
Display: Sanyo Z2 (720p native LCD projector) with Carada 106" BW screen
Calibration: THX

Comments: No complaints about the Z2 or the Carada screen, both great products. The non-motion adaptive is the thing that bothers me most about the Momitsu... though I don't notice problems with this often, I do sometimes, and that bothers me. It's also poorly responsive to the remote, and the included remote sucks. I use a Harmony, and have tweaked the settings with some minor improvement. I also leave the Momitsu on 24/7 (power on/off is the biggest issue with remote response for me). There is a slight, just noticeable, layer change that almost annoys me. There is very slight edge enhancement that you can sometimes see if you really, really, really try. Build "quality" is severely lacking. I've never had any problems with the loader, but many others have.

Why do I tolerate this machine??? Once the movie starts, the picture is stupid good... that's why. 1:1 pixel matching. Beautiful colors. No macro block. Plays older 4:3 movies perfectly. PAL is no problem. Region, ha, what region! Despite the Momitsu's flaws, I love my setup. After ~2+ years now, it's STILL the "display of choice" for my family, friends and neighbors. It's sometimes hard to believe that this thing of beauty is is available to me, in my house, whenever I want.

And that's a pretty cool feeling.
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Player: LG-511
Resolution: 1080I
Connection: component or HDMI, using component
Display: Hitachi 32Udx10s(crt)
Calibration: Personal.

PQ is AMAZING. The LG-511 by default will only send 480 via component if a HDCP dvd is played. Thanks to "hacks" found here you can easily send 720p/1080I. Macroblocking is turned off. No artifacts at 720p/1080I.

Player: LG 511
Resolution: 720P/1080I (still deciding)
Connection: component or HDMI, using component
Display: Hitachi 57F710A (CRT-RP)
Calibration: Personal

PQ is very darn close to my old set up. Waiting for Avia dvd to try and hit that sweet spot.
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DVD player: Pioneer Elite 79AVi
Resolution: 480i
Connection: HDMI
Scaler: Gennum VXP (Anthem Statement D2)
Resolution: 1080p
Connection: HDMI
Display: Sony Ruby VPL-VW100
Calibration: ISF, iris tweak, uniformity, RCP correction to color standards

Best image I have ever seen. And I've seen all the best 9" CRT projectors out there (G90, Marquee 9500 LC...). But after a real professionnal calibration (not OOTB tough) the Ruby is unbelievable, particularly with the Gennum VXP processing for 480i and 1080i sources (inverse telecine and per-pixel motion adaptive deinterlacing for both resolutions). This projector was made for 1080p. But it needs alot of tweaking...
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DVD Player: Sony DVP-NS3100ES
Resolution: 720p/1080i
Connection: HDMI
Display: Sony R50XBR1-SXRD
Calibration: AVIA Home Theatre Guide

Even my wife comments how much more enjoyable watching movies are with our new home theatre. Granted, our prior HT consisted of a 17 year old 27" Sony Trinitron and an 8 year old Sony DVP-S330. But for my wife to consistently comment on how much it's a more "theatre like experience" is significant.

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post #101 of 167 Old 04-19-2006, 05:21 PM
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DVD Player: Marantz DV-7600
Resolution: 720p
Connection: HDMI
Display: Panasonic TH-50PHD8UK
Calibration: Bruzzi FAQ. ISF in 2 weeks.

Comments: No issues with Macroblocking. PQ is fabulous.

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DVD player: Oppo 971
Resolution: 1080i
Connection: DVI
Display: Mits WS55315
Calibration: DVE

Very Nice Picture!
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DVD player: Sony DVD-NS75H
Resolution: 720p/1080i
Connection: HDMI
Display: Sony KDL-32S2000
Calibration: DVE

Comments: Picture looks great!
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DVD player: Oppo Digital 971H
Resolution: 720P
Connection: DVI
Display: Infocus SP4805
Calibration: Avia, DVE & Infocus 4805 engineer Bob Williams magic DVI Gain & offset numbers

Comments: Very satisfying image, actually stunning image. Occasional lipsync issue. The best $200 SD DVD player in terms of overall performance.

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DVD player: VInc. Bravo D1
Resolution: 852x480 Pixel Map
Connection: DVI
Display: Infocus SP4805
Calibration: Avia, DVE & Infocus 4805 engineer Bob Williams magic DVI Gain & offset numbers.

Comments: the best noise free DVD image I have ever seen. Just stunning. Couldn't ask more out of SD DVD. I thought my Oppo was the player to beat till I tried 1:1 pixel mapped Bravo D1. Picture quality to die for. I now know why Infocus engineer Bob Williams uses the Bravo in his lab with Infocus PJs. This player has PS and loader issues. I had to replace the loader and a cap in the PS board. The picture is worth all the research and mod time I put into it.

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DVD Player: LG lda 511
Resolution: 1080i
Connection:component
Display: Toshiba 65h82
Calibration: AVIA Home Theatre Guide

Comments
Input the "hacks" to the 511. 1080i through component on every dvd I've tested.PQ is very impressive for an upscaling dvd player.

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DVD player: Samsung HD845
Resolution: 720p/1080i
Connection: HDMI
Display: Sony KV34HS420 -> CRT
Calibration: none

Comments: I am not sure what settings to use...I have been playing around with HDMI, and Component cables with 720p, and 1080i settings...they all look about the same.
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DVD player: Denon DVD-3910
Resolution: 720P
Connection: HDMI
Display: Sony HS-50 + colour filter (Lee Filters 109 LIGHT SALMON)
Calibration: DVE, AVIA, ColorVision Spyder2PRO

Comment:
1 Best resolution achieved on screen test material is 720P for my setup. Other settings, including 1080i, are less sharp. There is no difference between HDMI RGB and Y Cb Cr. I am using Y Cb Cr.
2. Sharpest image on DVD screen resolution test material is achieved by setting the the Denon's horizontal and vertical enhancement to "0". Sharper looking DVD movies can be achieved by setting these above zero, but these can produce very visible artifacts like jerky background images of tree leaves and grasses. My current setting on both horizontal and vertical enhancement is "2"
3. The HS-50's image aspect ratio cannot be changed when using HDMI signal from the DVD-3910. When viewing 4:3 DVDs I have to use the DVD3910 component output to allow the projector to squeeze the image back to the correct aspect ratio.
4. When using the DVD player's component connection, I have to set the DVD-3910 HDMI /DVI output to OFF. Otherwise, the projector image is slightly fuzzy. Not sure where the problem is coming from because my component routing to my projector is via my Denon 3805 AVR and this connection also includes my high-definition set-top box and the image from it is pin sharp.
5. Macroblocking is very visible when the projector is misadjusted for brightness (overall and for each colour) and gamma. On my current projector settings, it is not an issue.
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DVD player: Oppo DV971H
Resolution: 1080i
Connection: Included DVI Cable
Scaler: None
Display: RCA HD50LPW42 (DLP RPTV)
Calibration: DVE

Excellent images considering this is a native 720p set and I am forced (by RCA) to send 1080i in (good scaler in TV). LOVE this player, especially how it handles DIVX/XVID files.
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DVD player: Sony DVP S9000ES
Resolution: 480p
Connection: component
Display: Samsung LN S4051 LCD
Calibration: Avia

Comments: Had the set for 3 weeks and am still adjusting it (and me).

97% of the disks look excellent however, when microblocking rears its head it is ugly. MB appears to be disk dependant such as Zathura or Breakfast at Tiffanys and is worse when sitting off axis (more than 60d). The 480i setting produces a very soft color appearance while the 480p is vibrant with excellent detail. On most new DVD's the picture is so good that I cant justify replacing it with a better SD unit - waiting for the HDDVD/BR issues to get resolved.
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DVD player: Sony DVP-NC85H
Resolution: 480p or 720p (still deciding which looks better)
Connection: HDMI to DVI blade
Display: Panasonic PWD428UK plasma
Calibration: DVE & THX Optimizer

Comments: This is my fourth DVD player I have tried with the Panny and it is a great player for the price. Both the video and audio are great and I have not found a disk it doesn't like.
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DVD player: Oppo OPDV971H
Resolution: 720p
Connection: DVI->DVI
Display: Westinghouse LVM-37w3
Calibration: THX optimizer, GetGray

Comments: 16:9 material is very fine; it's hard to believe that 720 x 480
standard definition DVDs contain so much detail. Non-anamorphic letter-boxed
disks are less impressive, and are surrounded by a large black border; some,
but not all, can be adjusted by using "fill" mode on the monitor. 4:3 material
is of variable quality, but that is the nature of these sources. I see many
old movies and I'm not complaining.

The display had a high-frequency whine when new, but I am noticing this less
with time. The DVI and HDMI ports give the same picture quality with the
Oppo. I like the dedicated port-selection and backlight buttons on the remote.

Viewing distance: 7-8 feet. I probably would have been happy with a 720 or 768
display, but within my budget, and given I wanted a 37", this 1080 display was
competitive with other models.

I have experimented with the Oppo video processing options, but usually turn
them all off for viewing.

PAL->NTSC conversion: I have tried only two PAL disks. The conversion is not
as good as a native format, but I give it a strong "B". The player can be made
multi-region via a code with the remote.

Oppo makes no claims for the quality of the analog outputs on the 971: all the
goodness is in the DVI port. That port will produce, and the Westinghouse
accept, 480p, 540p, 720p and 1080i. 720 looks the best to me. 1080i begins to
show a softness on motion, although the still test patterns are very clear.

I would like to see 1080p output available for this player, so that all
scaling could be done in one step. Currently the player scales to 720 and the
display scales this to 1080.

In my collection of home-made disks, I found one media code that would not
load: "CMC MAG. AM3", a type of Memorex DVD-R.

Oppo wish list:
(1) Non-anamorphic letterboxed titles should be scaled to full screen width.
(2) 1080p output.
(3) Not essential, but fun: allow resolution switching without stopping DVD
playback.

Westinghouse wish list:
(1) Please don't break. I suspect I'll have to ship it to get it serviced.

Overall: this is my first progressive and upscaling player, and my first
widescreen display. Happy? I'm delirious.
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DVD Player: Oppo 970HD
Resolution: 1080i
Connection: HDMI
Display: SONY 60 XBR1 SXRD

Great combo and a near HD picture. Just installed yesterday, Master & Commander, LOTR look great. Prefer 1080i over 480i.
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DVD player: Oppo OPDV971H
Resolution: 720p
Connection: DVI->HDMI
Scaler: None
Display: Sony KD-30XS955
Calibration: DVE

Comments: I was previously using my Xbox and Xbox Media Center's software-based solution to upconvert my DVDs to 1080i on this display. It was good, but the OPDV971H is great... and then some. I couldn't be happier with the picture. No audio sync problems as I'd read about with this player. Running vivid, noise-free, and rock-steady at player's 720p setting (difference between 720p and 1080i in picture quality was negligible for me, and the latter had pronounced flicker). TV calibration is as follows, for those who don't want to spend time calibrating this set to make it purr with the Oppo 971.

Mode: Pro
Picture: 52
Brightness: 42
Color: 31
Hue: G1
Sharpness: 26
Color Temperature: Neutral
Edge Enhancement: Off
Red Push: Monitor
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DVD player: Oppo OPDV971H
Resolution: 1080i
Connection: DVI->DVI
Scaler: None
Display: Westinghouse 37W3
Calibration: DVE

This is one great upconverting DVD player and LCD panel combo. I've had both for about 2 weeks now. I'm very happy with both the player and panel. WMV-HD content played thru my HTPC looks absolutely stunning on the W3.

The Oppo seems to need to 'boot' up before the buttons on the front panel work. I power it on and press the open button, and I always have to push it twice. A minor annoyance, but still I'm pleased with the performance with my Westy.

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DVD player: Oppo DV-970HD
Resolution: 480p, 1080i
Connection: component, HDMI
Display: Sony KP-57WS520 (57" CRT RPTV)
Calibration: ISF'd and fully calibrated, DVE, Avia

Comments: Outstanding image and excellent value. The upscaled image at 1080i (and 720p) does have slight vertical compression which is supposed to be fixed in a future firmware update. No issues with 480p. The performance of the component 480p reminds me a lot of the Panasonic XP-30 I used to own. On any rate, this player outperforms other more expensive players I've tried.

I did manage to do A/B comparisons with this player and the Oppo 971. Despite calibration, I saw macroblocking on the 971. In addition, the image was a bit softer. The 970 has a sharper, more defined image which I prefer - and no macroblocking since it doesn't use the Faroudja chip.

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DVD player: Samsung DVD-HD960
Resolution: upscaled to 1080p
Connection: HDMI
Display: Samsung HL-S5687w DLP
Calibration: DVE

After comparisions, I chose the HD960 over the Oppo. Both the player and the display use the Faroudja chip, and I have experienced no macroblocking. I also like the EZ Fit mode on the Samsung, that allows you to scale a 2.35:1 display to fill the entire 16:9 screen if you so desire. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don't, since you do chop off a little on each side of the frame, but it is nice to have the option. After experimenting, I elected to let the DVD player do the upscaling to 1080p and send the display its native resolution.

Calibration was a bit of a challenge. I have a large and very bright room with a 20' wall of uncovered windows during the day, but it is quite dark at night, with only minimum ambient lignting. Since I usually only watch the DVD at night, I really have two very different environments: bright room for daytime regular viewing, and dark room for night time DVD viewing. I decided to calibrate with DVE at night for the DVD settings, and tweak them for the daytime lighting conditions. That seemed to do the trick.
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DVD player: Sony DVP-NS75H
Resolution: 720p
Connection: DVI
Display: Akai PDP-4294
Calibration: Digital Video Essentials

Comments: I first started out with the Bravo D1, this is an excellent player if you can overlook it's faults. My problem is the inabilitiy to play some recorded DVD-R disks. Hoping that replacing the capacitor in the power supply would cure this I performed the replacement and still have the same issues.

Tried the HDMI enabled TOSHIBA SD-K860, and was disappointed with freezing and green pixels splattering the screen intermittantly. I was also unable to calibrate it properly with the DVE disks for contrast. Not sure if this was due to the HDMI to DVI cable or what but I returned it.

Currently the Sony DVP-NS75H is being used with the same HDMI to DVI cable and there is no problems, picture is excellent and it has played DVD-R disks too. The manual even states that it will work with a HDMI to DVI cable. This one is a keeper.
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DVD player: Pioneer DV 363
Resolution: 480i
Connection: component
Display: Infocus Screenplay 4805
Calibration: Digital Video Essentials

Comments: I am happy. I have them since october 2004. Cheap dvd player with a very good proyector. Now I would like to go for a new dvd player that blow me away. Best chances for Bravo D1; cons.: inability to play some recorded DVD-R disks and need a 50' dvi cable (sparklies, signal loss??).
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DVD Player- Philips 5960 Upconverting
Display Sharp LC37D40U
Connection HDMI
Calibration DVE (waste of money for me, I took some settings off a review, changed them slightly, and then later did the calibration. They ended up almost exactly the same, so close it's hard to tell the difference!)

Comments- In 1080i upconverted mode, DVDs look very good, much better than at 480P. I switched back and forth between 720P and 1080i, and finally decided that 720P looked ever so slightly better, only noticable on close ups. Skin texture was slightly sharper.

For less than 70 bucks for the 5960, including tax, I'm very happy with it, especially after I recently did the firmware upgrade to solve the HDMI DD issue the 5960 had.
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