Originally Posted by ds97
can anyone recomend a good HDMI DVD player?
Originally Posted by gotchaforce
or i think so.. cant remember which TVs have macroblocking issues
Originally Posted by skippiks27
I had the same question as above and was concerned about Macroblocking. Has anyone who has gotten an early shipment of the 60's yet tried this combination (Panny px60u and Oppo 971h)?
It has been reported there are macroblocking issues associated with the OPPO OPDV971H
and Panasonic's PX50/500U series PDPs which may be indicative of its performance with Panasonic's 60/600U series displays. This problem is related to the Faroudja/Genesis chip which may exhibit the macroblocking issue in Faroudja-based DVD players and is not confined to just the OPDV971H as described in the Home Theater DVD Benchmark Review
. This problem has also been reported to exist with Panasonic's DVD-S77 player:
"The Panasonic DVD-S77 was a bit of a surprise for me. I just recently reviewed the updated S97 flagship player that seems to be almost exactly the same as the S77 . . . well at least from a build and chip standpoint. Both players use just about the exact same components to deliver the goods, but the S97 is a bit more refined in the end.
The S77 is a two-chip-based player. For its core processing, it relies on a Matsushita MPEG decoder that is pretty much shared throughout the Panasonic DVD player line. What separates the S77 from the lower priced options is the inclusion of the Genesis/Faroudja FLI-2310 video processing chip. This chip not only offers spectacular de-interlacing performance, but also top-of-the-line video scaling for up-conversion to high definition resolutions.
The S77 uses a new chip from Genesis called the FLI-2310-LF. I had heard rumors that Genesis and Faroudja had figured out the dreaded macroblocking issue that has been so rampant with the latest Genesis chip. Since this chip seemed to be a new iteration of the 2300, I thought for sure this player would not have macroblocking. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, it is worse in this regard than its big brother the S97. Using my tried and true reference scene, Chapter 22 of A Bug's Life, macroblocking was clearly evident through almost the entire scene. I don't know why we haven't seen this problem fixed yet, but it has become more and more frustrating for everyone. As with all FLI-2310 based players, I don't recommend the S77 if you have a display that shows the issue. Unfortunately we don't have a list of what displays those are, but we do know that Panasonic plasmas are one of the worst offenders.
With that said I see no evidence of macroblocking
with my OPDV971H playing 480i up converted to 720p on my 50PX50U. I'm more likely to see evidence of macroblocking when Time Warner's incoming signal is mucked-up instead of a DVD played back on my OPPO DVD player.
Originally Posted by bobbykansara
My only question is if the 65" 1080p model will accept 1080p over HDMI. That is a deal breaker if it cannot. Does anyone know the answer to this question?
While I can only speculate... I believe the introduction of this display will be delayed until it can support native 1080p over HDMI and two-way content services.
Originally Posted by dungdealer
so the 60U doesnt include Cable Card ready capability huh...what's up w/ that? the 50 U did. Does this account for the cheaper list price (3499?)
While Panasonic dropped the CableCARD slot on the 60Us at least they provided another HDMI port which supports many additional connectivity options. The good news is their 600U series PDPs w/CableCARD and (2) HDMI ports has an MSRP which is less than
what the 50Us were initially priced at last spring.
Originally Posted by gotchaforce
i dont get some AVS'ers... you get the newest tech on the block with your fancy pants setup but you dont take PICTURES!!
seriously pictures of people setup give a much better view on things than the super photoshopped ones on the manufacturers website
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