Originally Posted by Cinema_Nut
I Picked up the Sony DVP-NS75H at Best Buy Yesterday.
Replaces my Samsung upscaling 830 which had DVI output failure about 18 months ago. Sent in for warranty and never received it back. (UPS lost it in the mail supposedly) Took more than 8 months and 40+ phone calls to samsung's useless customer support to get a refund.
So I have been using my 5 year old Sony for the last 11 months while waiting for new crop of upscalers to come out.
Needless to say I definetely will not purchase from or deal with Samsung again!
My Samsung HLN-5065W Dlp has been a stellar performer though I must say...
Like many others here, I will not spend big bucks on a Pioneer Elite or Denon DVD player when it is quickly becoming obsolete while the HD-DVD Blu-Ray issue washes out.
So this is a fill in for the next 18 months when I can maybe get a high-end unit that plays DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray in one unit.
Ok, here is the issue:
I am impressed with the HDMI colors and black level. I believe they look much better than the Samsung 830 unit.
I haven't watched any audio benchmark "Saving Private Ryan" type movies yet, but the sound seems descent after proper setup.
The thing I haven't been able to see yet is 1920x1080i HDMI or for that matter 480p.
The setup menu let's you explicitly set 480p, 720p, or 1080i scaling, or AUTO in which the unit will scale to your diisplay's native resolution.
In my Samsung HLN's case this is 1280x720p. This looks nice but I prefer 1080i. I can set the scaling to 1080i in the setup, and the display flickers for a few seconds as if it is switching, but my HLN display then indicates that it is still in 720p...
I can do this same operation with the Motorola HD Cable box and it will stick at 1080i, 480p, 720p, whatever I decide, and the HLN display will accomodate and report back the selected resolution faithfully.
Is this a Sony/Samsung or HDMI/DVI issue? The HDMI is converted to DVI with an adapter as my HLN has DVI in only, no HDMI but it shouldn't matter.
My Samsung had the Firmware and digital boards updated about 6 months ago, so that should be ok.
I really like this unit otherwise, although they could have make the Remote keys glow in the dark (they do not).
I also had the option of purchasing the new Samsung (950?), but considering the hell I went through with their service, I will not even consider their products ever again...
Anyways I have 30 days to figure this out before I need to return it.