Originally Posted by Kelvin1965S
...so just incase I'd suggest looking at the player's settings. ... Simply put I was able to tune out this effect on my X35, so I'd be surprised if you couldn't.
The surprise is on my side, Kelvin1965S! It IS the player! Although it does not have any sharpness- or enhancement-settings....
Since my Popcorn Hour C200 already was in use as a source for these test patters, when I calibrated my Panasonic PT-AE2000, I did not even fear, it was the player's fault, since these artifacts/effects would have bothered me back then, already. I would have remembered for sure, if such a thing had happened.
But there were quite a number of - partly pretty screwed up - software releases to correct player-bugs, and I can only assume, that within the last firmware revisions, they have done something that causes the C200 to behave the way it does now, deteriorating picture quality.
Attached, you will find three pictures - taken with an iPhone, so don't take exposure and black level as reference, just concentrate on the artifacts/effects. Nothing in the chain has been changed but the source, so we can rule out cableing, AV preamp etc.
1.) Popcorn Hour C200 with JVC X70 - the BAD picture quality
2.) the new Popcorn Hour A400 with JVC X70 - what a difference!
3.) for comparison: the new Popcorn Hour A400 with my old Panasonic PT-AE2000
So, thanks again for jumping in with this idea...Edited by dvdr - 12/20/12 at 9:44am