Pixel Processing Gets Better
Why not state the findings first?The Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray/dvd player’s image quality is superior to the Sony PS3.
It mates especially well with the 950s larger color gamut by generating tangy, lustrous wider spectrum colors with added clarity and detail. Standard Dvd playback at 24p is enhanced too. Simply set the player to output 24p and picture to "fine".
As previously discussed the 950 interpolates to create frames caused by an inadequate sampling rate. The result is a smoother and clearer motion.
But what can be done to restore the millions of individual pixels which were inadequately sampled when originally when recorded?
It is well known that the color portion of an image is sampled much less than the luminance. Original studies dating back in the 1950’s gave justification for lowering this sample rate. Can 950 owners see the ill effects of using this lower color sampling rate with our new wider LED generated color gamut? Easily. So what can be done to restore the original pixel-level integrity?
A solution is provided in Panasonic HD/DVD players:
The Panasonic Hollywood Laboratories PHL Reference Chroma Processor studies and improves restoration, colour correction, compression and digital conversion, then up-samples (4:2:0 to 4:2:2) the color information in decoded video signals. The unique PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus expresses the fine details and nuances of movie scenes by reproducing clearer colour boundaries, providing all the qualities that a Blu-ray (and DVD) disc has to offer.
P⁴HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD) Technology
To get the best high definition images from a Blu-ray (and DVD) disc, you need a player that renders high-quality progressive images, expresses motion smoothly, and draws sharp diagonal lines. The Panasonic-unique P4HD technology processes more than 15 billion pixels per second, generating each pixel correctly according to information obtained from up to 60 surrounding pixels, and applies the optimum processing to every pixel in the video data on the disc. The result is images with exceptional resolution. (Note: for optimal PQ set players output to 24p).
Compare all this technology which does make a noticable improvement in picture quality to reviewers who still rate a player based upon its obsolete de-interlacing capability. Hello?