Originally Posted by learflyer
I have a question about Bluray/HDDVD being output from the D2 to a 720P projector. Given the spectacular picture I'm getting from my standard DVD's being upscaled by the D2, am I likely to see a significant improvement by adding a Blu ray player to this setup? (I'm thinking of the PS3 but mainly for movies). Or would I be better off waiting until I upgrade my PJ to a 1080P model before getting into the Bluray/HDDVD players?
Assuming that the there is a noticeable improvement, would you send the D2 the full resolution (1080P) from the Blu ray and then let the scaler downgrade the output to 720P? I'm guessing that's the best way.
One other question; what is the fan noise level like on the PS3? I have a very quiet HT room and a noisy fan would be a deal breaker.
Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
As a recent Blu-Ray buyer and owner of a 720p TV (768P plasma actually), I can definitely say there is a marked improvement in picture quality over DVD. So no need to wait for a 1080P projector. Put another way, a BR player with your current 720P projector will give a much better picture than your existing upconverted (by the D2) DVD player and a 1080P projector.
Whether you can see the difference of 720P and 1080P is a function of how close you sit to your screen and what the screen size is. For example my 50" TV from 10' away, the human eye can't discriminate the difference between 720P and 1080P.
As for how to hook up, yes, have the BR-player output "Source Direct" picture. Meaning if a BR disc is in, it will output 1080P, if a DVD is in the player it will output 480i and then use the scaler in the D2 to scale to your projectors NR. Also, you want the player to output BR movies as 24 FPS (which Source Direct mode will do). Then your D2 will perform the pull-down to make it 60 FPS for your projector.
As for fan noise, the newer (40 and 80 Gig) PS3's use a newer chipset that and run cooler than the original PS3. That being said, before I bought my BR player, a buddy lent me his PS3 and I couldn't hear it while watching a movie - and his is the original 60Gig model that runs hotter.