Originally Posted by moss312
Calbert how is the video quality on the HD950 with your tv? Have you tried the HD JPG (not a feature on the HD850)?
I have the HD850 and I've noticed my older JVC Prog player has a slightly better more detailed picture than the HD850 (1080i). The HD850 is also not passing BTB unless I up the brightness to 5 which in turn crushes the whites. The HD850 only allows me to change the brightness. I noticed in the HD950 manual online it also allows contrast to be changed via the dvd player. I was wondering if the HD950 passed BTB out of the box or if it could be adjusted via it's own setup to fix BTB and not crush the whites?
Sorry moss, haven't played with HD JPG yet.
Also, I can't answer your specific questions on passing BTB just yet. I still need to pick up a copy of DVE. If my local Ovation doesn't have it today, I'll order from Amazon tonight. I'm looking forward to optimizing the picture to the best of my ability, and will report back as soon as I do so. Kicking myself for forgetting to order it while waiting for my tv
Remember that I'm new to big-screen HDTVs, so I don't have the experience that others here have when it comes to systematic, detailed comparisons. On the other hand, I'm very happy with the 950 paired with my 5078. So far, when watching movies on the 950 at default settings ...
> via HDMI @1080i
> sharpness: 3 out of 5
> contrast: 3 out of 5
> brightness: 3 out of 5
and leaving the 5078 at its default settings in Movie mode ...
> Contrast: 70
> Brightness: 45
> Sharpness: 25
> Color: 45
> Color Mode: Warm 2 (not adjustable in Movie mode)
the two seem to play very nicely together. The picture seems quite sharp, yet without noticeable artifacts. Only a few tough scenes here and there had noticeable banding or mosquito noise, and haven't seen any macroblocking yet.
Interestingly, as soon as I switch the 5078 out of Movie mode, it tends to make digital artifacts more apparent (in any source). I can go into Custom mode and choose the same above settings as Movie, but the resulting picture will be a bit brighter, stronger in contrast and grainier. In Custom mode I need to move Sharpness down from 25 to zero to see the same level of smoothness I see in Movie at 25.
For example, Movie mode did a nice job of minimizing the banding and banded halos around the fish. Switch to Custom with the same settings, and the banding and halos instantly jumped out. As htwaits pointed out, Finding Nemo is an inherently difficult DVD to test against ... but it was an interesting disc to use for comparing the effects of working in both modes because the effects were so obvious. In short, I was able to play with contrast and brightness in Movie with better results than in Custom -- although to a degree you could probably chalk up those results to inexperience on my part.
I'll let you know more specifically and reliably how things look with the 950 once I get DVE. But overall, out of the box, I'm really quite happy with both products.