Originally Posted by CT_Wiebe Grimdeath
-- Playing a DVD at anything but normal speed will not give you a perfect picture on any of the new DVD players, and is very unusual even on older players. What I don't understand is why you think they should?kel
-- Anytime you change a component in the video chain (DVD Player, Cable Box, Display, etc.) you will have to recalibrate. Each component will have a different effect on the picture being displayed. When you calibrate, you are calibrating the whole loop from the DVD to the picture.
------ Review Continued
I finally had a chance to run my NS75H, component connections
, to my backup PJ (a Mits HC3 LCD, 960 x 540, 106" diagonal screen). I calibrated the setup with the GetGray calibration disc. My old player is the Panasonic DVD-RP91, which was "king of the hill" at the time I bought it, component connections are the best it has. I found that the Brightness and Contrast had to be changed considerably (-8 to +5 and +30 to -6, respectively), but the Color & Tint were right on (no change). All the enhancements were turned Off (Sharpness, DNR, MNR), and I got the best black levels (and correct white levels) using Cinema 1. Cinema 2 crushed blacks and expanded the white levels excessively (with my PJ, YMMV). I found that I had about a 2% overscan (not adjustable on the HC3), so if there is an alignment problem less than 2%, I wouldn't see it. I did find that the NS75H - HC3 combination did not respond correctly to the 4:3 flags on the GetGray caldisc (I suspect this is more of a HC3 problem, since it doesn't correctly respond to 4:3 formats from my D* STB receiver either - in the "Auto" AR mode, I have to manually select the aspect ratio). I then ran the introduction on the DVE DVD. The 16:9 pictures were excellent and, at least, as good as they were from my RP91 with the same cabling. The one fault that I did find was that the NS75H exhibited excessive EE (edge enhancement), the control was set to Off. Using the "1" or "2" settings didn't help (note
: I forgot to try the Sharpness control on the HC3, but it may have been not accessable for the component input - I'll have to check again tonight). This EE was not really apparent during the following testing.
After calibration, I ran the HQV "torture test" DVD and it gave excellent results -- much better that the (AVS members) reported results for the Panasonic S97 (score = 75 to 80) & the Oppo 971H (score = 65 to 75). Those results were for the HDMI/DVI outputs of those players. I got a score of about 110 for my HS75H at 480p (102 @ 480i) over the component connections (the Panasonic XP50 was the closest at a score of 95 over component connections). That just blew me away; I was not expecting that it would be that much better than my old (highly rated) Panasonic RP91 (also component connected, HQV score = 55 to 60, IIRC). The only differences I found between 480i and 480p was that the Jaggies tests and the 3:2 Pull-Down Detection test were better using the 480p setting.NOTE
: For those of you not familiar with the HQV DVD, it's made by Silicon Optix and was designed so that even video equipment made with their Teranex processor chips have a hard time passing all of the tests. The perfect score is 130, so 110 is excellent for the NS75H, or any DVD player.
I followed these tests with two "made for TV" DVD videos (to appease my S.O.). These were recorded in a 720 x 480 format (1.5:1 - they were originally made for PAL viewing) and were correctly formatted on my PJ (set to 16:9 - Auto mode). One of these had many quite "dark" scenes - lots of night and dark room shots. It looked like I need to raise the Brightness (black level) a little. I may need to recalibrate (and look more at the Cinema 2 mode). Overall, however, these movies had excellent picture quality.
I also need to look at some of my "reference" movies to make a conclusion, but so far so good. It looks like it may be a "keeper", unless the HDMI output turns out to be a real dud.