Well, I watched about 4 movies this weekend and really played around with my new 75H. So far I experimented with THE INCREDIBLES, STAR WARS - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, STAR WARS - RETURN OF THE SITH, XMEN, XMEN 2, 5TH ELEMENT - SUPERBIT, PREDATOR, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, SIN CITY, and SPIDERMAN.
It is still very difficult to see any night/day difference in picture with this player and my 6 yr old non progressive scan toshiba player (which already had a great picture). Perhaps I was expecting too much. If I had to make a statement I would say that the black levels are definately enhanced and the colors are a bit more vivid. I don't see much difference in picture using component connections and hdmi at normal viewing distance. On some disks I can see an increased resolution via HDMI but on some disks it almost looks "too sharp." Some peoples faces look like they have too much contrast and look plasticy at close viewing distances. Also with HDMI more background noise is present since the component connection offers a softer picture. Note that these differences are only really noticed when viewing my 53" toshiba DLP from about 3 feet away. Normal viewing distance (11-12') all this goes away and the picture looks smooth and detailed with minimal noise.
That said I really played around with settings and found that the picture looks best when set at 1080i. I am still getting some overscan on the top of my picture (letterbox about 3/4" thinner) vs component, but I think it is my display as others have not noticed this. I don't like the cinema 1 setting that most of you are using. STANDARD setting looks the best to me....it darkens the picture and improves black levels, and tends to hide any noise and artifacts better. The other filters seem useless, even the sharpness settings, I can not see a difference. I like to pause a clear frame on the dvd and then toggle between settings and see how that frame changes. I have mostly been tweaking using that method of comparing still frames, and then watching a 10 second or so sequence repeatedly.
The audio is definately an improvement probably because the player operates at a higher bitrate than my old toshiba. The signal is definately stronger and I run my receiver at a lower volume that usual. The clarity is impressive as well as the separation. The surrounds really come alive more than ever.
All that said I am keeping this player. It is a bargain at 130 bucks and I think it is worth it for the audio alone. The picture isn't a night and day difference, but it is definately no worse than what I had and at least I get to keep up with technoloy using HDMI, and upscaling,etc,etc. I think as I play with it even more and watch more movies I will find the settings that please me the best. I can't say this for sure but so far they seem to vary from disk to disk.
A few last thoughts.....
This player seems to do an excellent job deinterlacing and scaling,etc. If I had to describe it in a few words I would say it is a "what you see is what you get" player. It basically displays accurately what is encoded on the dvds. I have seen artifacts and noise that I never saw before via hdmi but I am convinced that these things are present on the film transfer to DVD and that is why I am seeing them. Component connections offers a softer picture so these things are harder to see in that mode. And remember....most dvds have horrible transfers to begin with. Only a small % of movies out there have really great transfers and with an HD display and HDMI you really see the difference. I guess the weakness of this player could be it's lack of filters. If it had some filtering capability it could maybe enhance a poor transfer dvd into something that looks much better. For the record I don't know of any other players out there that can do this very good, and I don't see SD players getting much better as most of the development now will be for the HD formats. I would hate to say this, but I am starting to see that these HD displays are too good to watch SD DVD's. I definately recommend this player at it's price point. It will definately hold you over for a few yrs until you bite the bullet and get an HD player!