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post #31 of 4322
My TV only has DVI input, Paul will you check to see any problem with converting HDMI to DVI? Thanks
post #32 of 4322
Quote:
Originally posted by megamii
Mine already shipped from OneCall this afternoon and I was charged $287.95 to credit card account. I contest this charge because OneCall charged me for FedEx shipping even though I should get it for free ("FedEx shipping included"). I should had paid $269.10, which is after the 10% discount for DVDs and DVD recorders over $199. I had already contacted OneCall on this and should receive a telephone call sometime tomorrow.

mallu2u, since OneCall no longer has the unit in stock, you may want to contact 6Ave when it will have it in stock. However, you will be missing the 10% discount, free 3 day FedEx shipping, and if you are a OneCall PASS member receive an instant $2.69 discount.

Thanks. I guess I shall wait now. I hope the price is not increased as was done on the Panny website. I hope that was by mistake or I shal feel bad about not buying from oncecall, when they had the machine. Anyways, now I shall wait for all the reviews on this player. Excited about that. Who all is getting this player this weekend?
post #33 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Inguyen,

Will check HDMI--> DVI connction.
post #34 of 4322
This HDMI only thing really bums me out.

So many DVI interfaces out there.

HomeTheaterHiFi claims blacks are clipped due to byte stream differences if you use a HDMI->DVI adapter? Is this still an issue? Can Gefen make a converter to neutralize this effect???
post #35 of 4322
Thread Starter 
As it states --- it is in my possession!!!!!!

Time to have a little fun!
post #36 of 4322
What? That fast? I thought you ordered it yesterday? I am excited now and looking forward to you review, pictures!
post #37 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Pictures will come later, gotta go!
post #38 of 4322
Paul,will this player allow you to adjust color saturation,hue and
sharpness when outputting 480p with component or HDMI connection?
post #39 of 4322
and please check on layer change while testing other things.
post #40 of 4322
Quote:


Originally posted by Paul Bigelow
Hello basselope,

Glad to answer. Actually, it should be like this:

DVD Player ---- HDMI cable ----> Receiver ---- HDMI cable ----> TV

Paul

Paul, don't forget to compare with components at 480p-i also !

Anyone know if a HDMI --> M1-DA cable exists ? Would need it to connect with my Infocus 4805. If not, the signal would have to go through TWO adapters !!!!!

Thanks !
post #41 of 4322
What is the consensus of those following this thread of the ANTICIPATED benefits of this DVD player vs the Sony DVPNs975V? I ordered my Panny S97 yesterday before the stock ran out at OneCall and think I may have made a mistake in that the Panny may not play +R discs whereas the Sony states in its specs that it does play them.

Thanks
Steve
post #42 of 4322
It shall play +R/RW disks, I am sure. They just did not want to put it there. Paul might be able to confirm that as well. I would be VERY surprised if it does not play them.
post #43 of 4322
That's what I'm hoping but why buy the Panny and NOT the Sony?
post #44 of 4322
Knowing what HDMI -> DVI does to the picture is the most important thing to me!

Second, if you could answer on the audio quality. Is it like any ordinary player or does it have better spacing of the sound field or not, etc?

Thank You Paul!!!!
post #45 of 4322
Quote:
Originally posted by megamii
Mine already shipped from OneCall this afternoon and I was charged $287.95 to credit card account. I contest this charge because OneCall charged me for FedEx shipping even though I should get it for free ("FedEx shipping included"). I should had paid $269.10, which is after the 10% discount for DVDs and DVD recorders over $199. I had already contacted OneCall on this and should receive a telephone call sometime tomorrow.

mallu2u, since OneCall no longer has the unit in stock, you may want to contact 6Ave when it will have it in stock. However, you will be missing the 10% discount, free 3 day FedEx shipping, and if you are a OneCall PASS member receive an instant $2.69 discount.

megamii: Looks like someone just made a simple mistake, it will be taken care of today.

I'll run the unit through some tests on a 50 pioneer plasma, hdmi-dvi, and hdmi-hdmi, and of course, component and so forth.

btw, yes sold out, no the price will not be going up, and yes, I will have quite a few more in shortly. From the looks of it, it will be first come first serve, as there are already people in line for it

mallu2u: lists dvd-audio hdmi to a hdmi in receiver, dvd-audio multichannel, wma, mp3, dvd-ram, dvd-r, cd, cd-rw, hdcd, hi-mat, jpeg as formats it's compatible with. I may have missed cddv as well.

Jason
post #46 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Hello,

Some preliminary findings posted.

Paul
post #47 of 4322
Where Paul?
post #48 of 4322
In the first post of this thread
post #49 of 4322
Per paul's findings, +RW supported and therefore +R shall also be supported. Now I am waiting for a detailed review from Paul and a comparison with other players and the PQ of the player at HD modes.
Paul, Which players are you going to compare this with?
post #50 of 4322
Thread Starter 
There is *lot* that can be configured in this player. It might take a day or two to really get a "feel" for it so some initial findings might change, depending upon the configuration.

My initial thoughts, macroblocking aside, is that the picture is very good to exellent, more detailed at 1080i than the Momitsu. Based upon my memory I would say that the DVD-S97S is better than the Denon DVD-1910 -- at least it doesn't jitter/flicker at 1080i HDMI.

I didn't notice any HDMI/HDCP compatibility issues with the Panasonic TV. A picture appeared right away.

What has been reported so far was determined *very* quickly. I should be able to post more/better/pictures this evening.
post #51 of 4322
Paul: Also see which mode you like more 720p or 1080i? Also, the headings in 'Blue' are not that noticeable. Can you change to Red or some other color?
post #52 of 4322
Any visible evidence of the dreaded Chroma bug? Can you check with the Toy Story Menu screen, or other known source that exaggerates this problem?

Any difference in PQ between HDMI and component at 1080i or 720p?

Also, take that cover off and verify what is inside! 2310?
post #53 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Have not tried at 720p. The Panasonic TV does not accept 720p. Will check 720p on Hitachi plasma TV later.

Anyone else have a problem with the bold blue font?

I have a good guess as to what deinterlacer is inside. Need to verify player's "fully-working status" for certain. Warranty issues, if you know what I mean.
post #54 of 4322
So I take it that it won't play SACD? How bad is the macroblocking? Do the Sony GWIII/IV show this problem a lot when used with Faroudja chips?
post #55 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Panasonic players will probably never, ever play SACD. I do not have an SACD to even try.

I have not tried a DVD-Audio disc -- I have several of those.

The macroblocking is present. I can't really say how much until I understand the player's configuration better. Initial viewing of the macroblocking reminded me of the DVD-1910's -- but I'm not nearly finished with set up or configuration.

I didn't spend anytime reviewing sound quality. No time. Just verified that the HDMI did pass two channel to the Panasonic TV. One connection, no separate audio cables. Will, of course, post sound quality evaluations later.

Paul
post #56 of 4322
Unit has a fl2310-lf faroudja chipset, pic following shortly.
post #57 of 4322
Is this the chip that is known to have macroblocking issues? Totally bummed that Paul can see MB on this player.
post #58 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Thanks Jason! Didn't want to void warranty before I determined that the player is fully working!

Paul
post #59 of 4322
Quote:
The macroblocking is present.

Not unexpected but I gotta do this anyways.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooOoOOOOoOooooooOOOO...

Thanks, needed to vent. Please continue with your regularly scheduled thread.
post #60 of 4322
No prob Paul, I happen to be a servicer, so no warranty voided by me
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