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post #211 of 2201
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Just checked out BB in Braintree
nothing yet

Best Buy in Framingham, MA has a whole bunch of them.

Circuit City in Natick, MA also has a bunch.

Picked mine up from the Best Buy, just had a chance to quickly watch the opening scene from Star Wars III. For what I saw, I'm happy. Everyone just remember to switch the audio out to Dolby from PCM before starting your first disc, and you'll be good to go!
post #212 of 2201
With stores getting them so frequently this should make for an interesting weekend full of reviews!
post #213 of 2201
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Originally Posted by rnick1976 View Post

Best Buy in Framingham, MA has a whole bunch of them.

Circuit City in Natick, MA also has a bunch.

Picked mine up from the Best Buy, just had a chance to quickly watch the opening scene from Star Wars III. For what I saw, I'm happy. Everyone just remember to switch the audio out to Dolby from PCM before starting your first disc, and you'll be good to go!

And turn on DTS (if applicable) because it's off by default.
post #214 of 2201
Checked with CC and BB in Hawaii - not available. Looks like I have to order from either Amazon or Crutchfield.
post #215 of 2201
6 more at the BB in the Blossom Hill area of San Jose. Just come home with one of them. Will be watching King Kong tonight on my KDS-R60XBR1.
post #216 of 2201
Just Picked up one in CC in Huntington Beach CA. on shelf no placard or display, Silver

Gonna compare it to my Oppo 971H
post #217 of 2201
Finally got my HDMI cable yesterday and hooked up the NS75H. I'm having it output a 720p signal to a 32" Sharp LCD. The main difference I notice between the 480p and 720p/1080i setting is that the colors are more vibrant with the HD resolutions. I would have to say the main reason for using it vs the old interlaced player I've been using is the pop that the colors provide. I think the colors provide the illusion of more detail.

Blacker Than Black - I had to use the Cinema 1 setting to get it to pass BTB via HDMI. I was a little frustrated at first because it took me a while to figure that out.

Layer changes are noticeable, but acceptable. Better than the old Sony player I was using.

On the whole it was very easy to get a good looking picture with the NS75H and it's a keeper for me. I think it's a very good player and is a great value.
post #218 of 2201
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Originally Posted by bvader View Post

Just Picked up one in CC in Huntington Beach CA. on shelf no placard or display, Silver

Gonna compare it to my Oppo 971H


LMK on that!

((zero here in NJ...))
post #219 of 2201
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Just Picked up one in CC in Huntington Beach CA. on shelf no placard or display, Silver

That's actually good to note ... at the CC in Natick, there is NO display for them. They're simply stacked on the lower shelves, no floor model, displayed price, or anything.
post #220 of 2201
I am waiting for your reviews with "baited breath" . I don't want to spend a bucket on an up-scaling player and I need one that will provide a good 480p output over its component outputs as well as upconversion over HDMI, preferably, rather than DVI. I had been considering the Oppo 971H (best upconversion quality, DVI output, terrible 480i and no 480p, over component) or the Panasonic S97 (good 480i/480p component output and 720p/1090i over HDMI output that is almost as good as the Oppo, but about $50 more).

I like the Sony DVD players good component output and no MBE, but the shift issue with the NS70 put me off (and Secrets hasn't reviewed it). The last Sony they reviewed was the NS775H which didn't get very good marks, but did show very flat component output frequency response.

artimp -- I'd really like to hear your comparison to the Oppo since that was at the top of my short list.

Itsdon -- I sent you a PM, yesterday, regarding your results with your PJ.

PS -- I have a front projector and a 106" screen, so details are important to me. My current primary DVD player is a Panasonic DVD-RP91.
post #221 of 2201
Just watched King Kong on my 60 inch SXRD and it was just incredible. My previous player was a DCDi equiped Zenith DVB318 and I always had macroblocking problems with that player in dark scenes upconverting to 1080i thru component. The NS75H using HDMI set at 1080i is a very noticable improvement, no macroblocking at all and very nice blacks. The picture is definitely better than the Zenith. This player will tide me over until the true HiDef players come down in price.
post #222 of 2201
Ace -- I would expect that, since Sony uses it's own designed chip for de-interlacing & scaling/up-converting. That's the kind of result I'm looking for.

All devices using the Faroudja chips (of various flavors) will show macro-blocking (MBE) to one degree or another. The problem is that most of the other designs either have more de-interlacing flaws or upconverting flaws than the Faroudja chips don't have (but they also don't have MBE).
post #223 of 2201
I just picked one up from BB in West Covina, they had 4 in the box but no display. I'll be connecting it to a Sony XBR960, will give my impressions later on.
post #224 of 2201
please post settings for the player if you can. will help others out.
post #225 of 2201
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Originally Posted by rnick1976 View Post

That's actually good to note ... at the CC in Natick, there is NO display for them. They're simply stacked on the lower shelves, no floor model, displayed price, or anything.


The BB here in Summerlin/Las Vegas was the same way. About a dozen boxes on the bottom shelf, no display or price tag
post #226 of 2201
The only place I could find around here that had em was Hifi Buys. They didn't have one in the store, only the warehouse. Should be in by noon on Monday. I can't wait! I was hoping to have one hooked up last night.
post #227 of 2201
Claus-- I will post it as soon as I can this weekend.
post #228 of 2201
Alright, what gives? I was just at BB in Sanford, FL. The guy there told me that they had just been notified that the NS75H will not be launched until May. I see that a lot of you have already gotten them from BB elsewhere. Has anyone else been told this. I wanted to pick it up locally, but guess I will have to order it online.
post #229 of 2201
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.

Any ideas?
post #230 of 2201
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Originally Posted by MikeyO View Post

Alright, what gives? I was just at BB in Sanford, FL. The guy there told me that they had just been notified that the NS75H will not be launched until May. I see that a lot of you have already gotten them from BB elsewhere. Has anyone else been told this. I wanted to pick it up locally, but guess I will have to order it online.

I was just at a BB in Akron Ohio area. They had 10 or so on the shelf with proper labelling and pricing of $ 129.
post #231 of 2201
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Originally Posted by artimp View Post

ok, for anyone in VA or maybe even Maryland, I went to Best Buy just now to see if BY CHANCE they had put them out before the 2nd and the guy said well we are getting ours Friday morning and you could get one Friday night but while he was checking I noticed that the stores in VA BEACH already had them on shelf so I just picked one up.

I am hooking it to the panansonic 900 projector tonight to see how it does and by the way I just happen to have the OPPO here also :-)

I look forward to your Oppo 971H vs N75 comparison. Does anyone have a sense of (what we know so far about the 970H), if the N75 will be comparable or perhaps better than the 970 and the 971H??
post #232 of 2201
I bought one today at BB in Washington DC on Wisconsin AVe.
The price was $129.00. They had five left at 3pm.

jhl
post #233 of 2201
Are people using Standard or Cinema 1?

The only changes I made were to turn on Dolby Digital, DTS, 96Khz, and Auto Dark for the dimmer.
post #234 of 2201
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post

Are people using Standard or Cinema 1?

The only changes I made were to turn on Dolby Digital, DTS, 96Khz, and Auto Dark for the dimmer.

I'm using Cinema 1 because I couldn't get blacker than black (BTB) with Standard. The Pluge pattern in Digital Video Essentials works fine when the 75H is set to Cinema 1.
post #235 of 2201
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Originally Posted by dtsfanoh View Post

I look forward to your Oppo 971H vs N75 comparison. Does anyone have a sense of (what we know so far about the 970H), if the N75 will be comparable or perhaps better than the 970 and the 971H??

I would guess that you should expect that the NS75H will not score as high as the Oppo 971 in the Secrets testing. It will be interesting to see how it does score though - if it's more like the NS975 that scored 84 via component or one of the other Sony's that scores in the 50's to 60's. It already beats the NS975 in at least one category in that it passes blacker than black via HDMI. The initial reaction on this player is amazingly positive. It seems like with most players these days, quite often someone has found some big issue by now.
post #236 of 2201
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Originally Posted by MikeyO View Post

Alright, what gives? I was just at BB in Sanford, FL. The guy there told me that they had just been notified that the NS75H will not be launched until May. I see that a lot of you have already gotten them from BB elsewhere. Has anyone else been told this. I wanted to pick it up locally, but guess I will have to order it online.

Thursday night my local Best Buy said it'd be weeks before they got it. They had one out on display the next day and had a shelf full of them. I pretty much ignore what the what the guys on the floor say as most of them have no idea of what they are talking about anyway.
post #237 of 2201
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Originally Posted by Cinema_Nut View Post

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.

Any ideas?

Ditch the HLN . Joking. I had the HLN617W several years ago too. Since there's no setting that I recall on the HLN and I can't think of any settings on the player that would cause this to happen, the only thing I can think of to tell you is to disconnect and reconnect your connections to make sure the cables are seated properly. If that doesn't work, I'd take your player back and try another. You might even want to try the Rear Projection forum and post it in the Samsung HLN thread (after all these years it's still floating around ).

Good Luck!
post #238 of 2201
Picked up the DVP-NS75H at CC tonight - they just got 2 in today in Erie, PA. Works great with my Panny plasma. No image shift problems, although I found that feeding the signal as 480p over HDMI and letting the Panny's scalers do the rest worked the best. There are 2 new options I saw vs. the 70H - both are found by pressing display twice. There is a macroblocking and a mosquito effect filter. Either can be selected independently. With the limited material I watched, the picture seemed best with both set to off, which is the default. Overall, a great player. FYI - the PQ differences between feeding different signals and using various filters are slight. The picture looks great with all, better than with an old Samsung 480i (non-progressive) dvd/vcr combo I had hooked up with component - but again, not a huge leap forward on my display. This is probably due to the integrated upscaling and PQ circuitry in the TH-50PX60U.
post #239 of 2201
Well, I hooked mine up to my Sony 34XBR960 and compared it to my old NS575P. The picture on the 75H @ 480p/720p/1080i over HDMI was considerably softer compared to the 575P player @480i over component. A lot of detail was getting lost compared to my old player. I guess the 75H doesn't really give you an advantage when used with a CRT or particularly the high end Sony CRT's. Anyone else tried hooking up the 75H to a CRT, what do you think?
post #240 of 2201
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Originally Posted by KRiS1 View Post

The BB here in Summerlin/Las Vegas was the same way. About a dozen boxes on the bottom shelf, no display or price tag

Went back and got one. Connected to TV via HDMI. Going to watch some movies, play with some settings and report back tommorow.
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