Originally Posted by SubArctic
Last night I did some more experimenting with DVDs, and I’ve settled in on my preferred settings. They’re pretty much exactly what D-Nice recommended, but I felt the need to play around myself. Panels, taste, and lighting conditions vary.My Gear for Watching DVDs:
Oppo 980H feeding Denon 4308CI feeding 5020. All HDMI. Player was set to YCbCr 4:2:2; all picture, color, gamma, etc. options unused. Denon configured to pass-through signal untouched.DVDs used for evaluation: Raiders of the Lost Ark
, The QueenPlayer Resolution Selection:
As the expert opinions suggest, 480i to the Kuro turned out to be the winner compared to 1080p sent from the Oppo. In the Gladiator
scene “Battle in Chains,” during the speech Pospero gives to the new gladiators, at points you can see dust motes suspended in the air within beams of light. Particularly when the focus was on Prospero and Maximus, I could see more detail in the motes. In the scene “A Soldier’s Death,” the details on the forest floor were much cleaner. Overall, the advantage was slight. But with Raiders of the Lost Ark
, the difference in having the Kuro do the work was significant. Perhaps because it’s an older film? During the opening scenes in South America, you could see more detail on the jungle floor, in the face of the stone idol exposed by the machete wielding member of Indy’s team, and in everyone’s faces—especially if they were partly in the shadows. Even my wife noticed the difference. I brought her in to make sure I just wasn’t seeing things, and didn’t tell her anything about the change in setup I made—just that I wanted her to look at Version A vs. Version B and focus on the small details in the image. In her words, she had to “strain” to see the details when the Oppo was doing the heavy lifting, but not when the Kuro did the work.
Going into this, I was actually hoping that the Oppo would do as good of a job or better than the 5020. It would have alleviated the minor annoyance of having to change the setting on the player to something other than 480i when listening to my SACDs (quirk of HDMI and DSD, in case your not familiar with it). But I’ll live.