Originally posted by GoSpurs99
So it seems that you are happy? I'm unsure what to think about your experience.
How did the player handle blacks, not just BTB or crush, how did space scenes look?
How are the colors?
Does this player produce a great looking picture, or are there jagged, fuzzy edges?
Sorry about the 1000 questions!
Eagerly awaiting more reviews!!
Re blacks: In my experience, if the player doesn't have black crush, and doesn't have visible macro blocking effects, then it's really going to be up to your display and having the correct calibration to it.
There's two displays I use for testing- a high res CRT compouter monitor, and my NEC 9PG+ FPTV; both of which are color calibrated to D6500 and the correct color gamut (within the limitations of their primary colors). Really good material "pops" on these displays, and even so-so stuff doesn't look back most of the time.
I didn't want to start running off at the mouth after only a few hours viewing experience on a limited amout of material- all of ATOC, the intro to Van Helsing (B&W if color is correct, but with good detail, wide contrast range) some season 2 and season 3 Smallville episodes, and some Alias Episodes- but let's just say I'm QUITE pleased by what I've seen so far; to my eye, without having thrown up test patterns, the player seems to resolve fine detail quite well, and as desired, the 1080i upscaling produces a very good combination of fine detail (when present!) and a more film than video like experience. Judging by eyeball, it preserves more detail than the Neuno player, and is on par with the Zenith (which is flat to 10 MHz); but until I see the test patterns, that's only a subjective by memory comparison. Rendition of the full light scale from deep blacks, shadow detail, on up, is quite good, and may be capble of being optimized to any particular display, as the brightness and contrast controls are functional with the DVI output.
AOTC has never looked better in my system. If I wasn't so tired from some other work I was doing last night, I probably would have gone for some LOTR. But I'm building some new speakers right now for the HT setup, and wanted to save that experience for having completed all the upgrades.
The Zenith is coming out of the rack. It's served me well this last year, and I'll keep it for backup or a secondary system.
I also realize my way of using this player is a little off the beaten path, but with CRT FPTV, you've got to be a little creative to get what you want. Since I'm using a specific DVI to RGBHV conversion, that has to be considered as a major part of the chain. What YOUR projector does for DVI to RGB to drive it's panels will be just as critical- but is not strictly speaking the domain of the player. It's a little like sending an SPDIF digital audio signal to the processor- once it's in the processor, it's up to that, not the sending device.