Originally Posted by kouasupra
My question is, if I spent the money for a good quality blu ray player will I notice a difference in picture quality vs. PS3?
The correct answer is you can.
The stand alone players by default are configured (to some degree) to look how the manufacture desires. If you view the images here you can see two players at the players' defaults and obviously there are differences. Again both of these show the players at their default settings (among other shots).http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post17201122http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post17021606
Using these settings you can alter the image to your display's abilities which are shown in a few of these images.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post17228828http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post16790845
Now most will try to tell you there isn't a difference or one player is messing with the pure (native, unaltered, natural, encoded, whatever) image but there is no way one can state one contrast ratio is correct and the other wrong. If this was the case then virtually every display in the world isn't accurate as they all have different contrast levels.
From an industry insider...http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post14907972So, the differences in players is in the post-processing of the video, such as scaling, deinterlacing, edge enhancement, noise reduction, color correction, etc. This is where the "art" comes in.
Some player manufacturers (and consumers) may also tweak various settings (such as brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, sharpness, edge enhancement, 2D/3D noise reduction, gamma, color conversion, etc.) to achieve the specific "look" to the video that they want. The most accurate picture, although possibly not the most personally visually pleasing picture, is when all those type of controls are bypassed or zero'd out.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post15899972Sorry, that's not the way it works. Someone posted a few pages back my comments I posted elsewhere on what player manufacturers typically do to tweak the default "look" of their video. 1080p24 is just a timing output format, and has nothing to do with whatever default tweaks the manufacturer implements.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post14622425Default doesn't necessarily mean pass-through...