Originally Posted by jkozlow3
I've noticed on multiple occassions that the Oppo's setup menu is very soft and not very sharp when watching SD DVD. I am viewing on a 106" screen with a 1080P projector. The Oppo is set to output 1080p.
When I bring up the Oppo setup menu without a disc in the player or while watching a Blu-Ray, it is significantly crisper.
Can anyone comment on whether or not this is the expected behavior? If I'm outputting 1080p, I would have expected the menu to look the same either way. But it's as if the Oppo's menu is in 480p and then scaled when I'm watching SD DVD. Don't get me wrong, I don't particularly care that the menu is soft, but I want to make sure something is not wrong with my player. SD DVD is also a lot softer looking than I'd hoped for at upconverted to 1080p at 106", but I may have just been expecting too much.
Can anyone with a projection setup (or large enough direct view) confirm if they see this as well?
Hi Mr. JKozlow,
I don't post too often so I am going to try discuss the DVD issues you've seen using PMs. What gonk said in post # 12616 about the "menu overlay" is technically correct. However, the menu is just graphic, any el-cheapo upscaler would have been able to produce a nice/sharp looking 1080 image of it. I am afraid this menu thing is just the same "soft" issue you're having with DVDs in general.
I too have a front projector, Benq W5K, with a 110" screen and almost all of my DVDs, especially the 'big name' ones, have been nothing short of spectacular when played from the BDP-83. My suggestion would be to try all output resolutions from 480 up to 1080p and see if you get incremental sharpness improvements as you try them. I would also try out the component connection at various resolutions and take out any receiver in the chain, if you do have one. Out of all these tries, the HDMI 1080p output should give you the best and sharpest image (because your FP is 1080p native, right?). While you're doing all these changes, make sure your FP is reflecting the same resolution that's being fed to it (I don't know, your FP should have some status display somewhere). If the HDMI 1080p output DOES give you the best and sharpest image, then maybe your expectation for upscaled DVDs was a little bit too high. In my experiments, the lower HDMI resolutions and the component gave me "smoother" images, but not softer ones; meanwhile the direct HDMI 1080p is giving me a picture that's almost as good as local OTA HDTV.
Not sure if I've helped much but I hope you figure out the issue soon and you should never have to watch DVDs at 1/2 the screen size.
Edit: Sorry, I meant to send a PM, but it's alright.