or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › Video Components › DVD Players (Standard Def) › Pioneer DV-400V Owners Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Pioneer DV-400V Owners Thread - Page 11

post #301 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by sister View Post

...Cons so far:

Because of the design of the remote, I sometimes find myself aiming it the wrong way ....

I do not have any experience with Philps 642 so I cannot say anything about its remote control. But remote control for 5960 and 5982 models is horrible and much worse than Pioneer's remote control. I do not want to say that I'm very happy with Pio's one but at least user can see where is rewind and forward buttons. On the Philips' remote non-thechi people like my parents could not easily figure out how to rewind and/or forward video without reading manual. I can only say that Pioneer's remote is looking cheap but at least user-friendly. Philips' remote is horribly designed and user-unfriendly.
post #302 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by SBrudzinsky View Post

I do not have any experience with Philps 642 so I cannot say anything about its remote control. But remote control for 5960 and 5982 models is horrible and much worse than Pioneer's remote control. I do not want to say that I'm very happy with Pio's one but at least user can see where is rewind and forward buttons. On the Philips' remote non-thechi people like my parents could not easily figure out how to rewind and/or forward video without reading manual. I can only say that Pioneer's remote is looking cheap but at least user-friendly. Philips' remote is horribly designed and user-unfriendly.

i actually think that the pioneer's remote is very well designed not to big and wide and awkward looking. the buttons are well laid out and easy to understand. imo
post #303 of 1139
I really don't think it's a big deal and I'm sure I'll get use to it.
(after all, I got use to the Philips remote )
So far, this player is doing very nicely for my needs and I'm happy.
post #304 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by fresh View Post

i actually think that the pioneer's remote is very well designed ..

I did not say that Pio's remote is bad, and on the contrary it much batter designed than Philips once. But my winner is JVC remotes based on their ergonomic design and user-friendliness criteria. But it is only matter of individual opinion of course. And sister is right - it is not a big deal. We are no longer live in era of high-quality "Made in Japan" A/V electronics. So cheap material-made, low-quality and badly design remote controls became normal things in nowadays consumer electronics.
post #305 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by SBrudzinsky View Post

Thank you fresh.
Can you playback DivX video files from flash drive? I was wondering if this player is capable to play DivX files up to 1,400 GB via its USB port. Does your flash drive FAT32-formatted or NTFS (My apology if you do not know what I'm asking about. I do not want to confuse you).

I've had mine for about 1 1/2 months and I use a WD MyBook 500GB that I have my divx Flicks organized in sub folders... Action, Comedy, Drama etc... and it plays everything. The largest Divx file I've run through it is Superman Returns which was 900MB. I have a HD version of Bladerunner that's 4GB but it won't even load that. By load I'm talking about the percentage reading that appears in the upper right ahnd corner of the screen when you select a divx movie for playback.

I haven't had anyproblems with this one but the first one I had would freeze and require unplugging to reboot on certain movies both from my HDD and DVD Disc. I had a samsung model before this one which displayed a glitter like effect when I was playing anything on it so I took it back and got this pioneer.

This one is really great on some of my flicks it looks incredible snatch looks almost as good as the 1080i from my Fios HD channel. I've also converted a few .MKV files to .Avi and I get sound with no picture and only a message about the resolution not being supported see my thread here ~~> http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=906350

I do have an NTFS formated 500GB MyBook that I will try when I get back to the crib 2night to verify the non-support for NTFS formated drives.

Hope this helps a little.

BiGg RiE
post #306 of 1139
Thanks so much BiGg RiE for your info. Very informative.
I've got DV-400VK as a second player for my household needs. Still testing this player against my JVC TH-C50 HTIB and taken a few days ago Philips 5982 also for test-drive.
Still love my JVC with 2.0 USB and most likely Pioneer will be my winner over Philips by several personal reasons based on my subjective opinion. Anyways, I was trying to use my NTFS-formatted LeCie "d2" 320 GB hard drive with Pio's USB drive and I've got no luck. Then I referred to Pio's user manual for details and troubleshooting and it clearly says that USB port on DV-400VK model only accepts FAT16/FAT32-formatted drives. I did not have a chance to re-format my LeCie as I still have some files in there perfectly played by JVC, but will probably do so as I need that player to playback DivX video only from external HDD based on my project. Apparently Philips 5982 also does not work with NTFS-formatted mass-storage devises. So far only JVC easily recognized and accepted my NTFS drive but cannot play DivX or XviD media files with more than 1 Gigabyte data size.
post #307 of 1139
I bought this player yesterday and hooked it up to my Optoma HD70 digital projector. While I'm extremely happy with the picture quality I am suffering some issues. When watching a dvd I get pauses and sometimes an accompanied 'flickering' in sound. I triede multiple DVDs and experienced this problem each time. I am currently using some of the cheap Rocketfish brand HDMI cables from Best Buy and was wondering if this could be the issue or if it's a defective player?
post #308 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by atarigangster View Post

...I am currently using some of the cheap Rocketfish brand HDMI cables from Best Buy and was wondering if this could be the issue or if it's a defective player?


I'm doubtful that this is HDMI cable related issue. I also using cheap HDMI cable off eBay for $3. I believe you've got defective player. Try to exchange and see how another one will work. Or exchange HDMI cable so at least your can exclude cable-related issue first if it wasn't a cable. Did you try component video or S-Video?
post #309 of 1139
Has anyone verified whether or not this unit has the vertical compression issue?
post #310 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by TonyS View Post

...vertical compression issue?

What are the symptoms of this issue? Thanks
post #311 of 1139
I just bought a Pio PDP-4280HD plasma panel, and currently watch SD DVDs via a Panny DVD-S53 1080p-upconverting DVD player with HDMI. Picture quality with the Panny is pretty good. But you folks who have experience watching the DV-400V-K, do you think the DV-400V-K would show an even better SD DVD picture on my Pio 4280? Does PureCinema make all that much difference over a player without it? I don't really want a high-definition player until the "format war" is settled. (I've already ordered the DV-400V-K, so I guess it will be what it will be...I just wondered what your impressions were! Thanks! )
post #312 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by donottosmeok View Post

...do you think the DV-400V-K would show an even better SD DVD picture on my Pio 4280? Does PureCinema make all that much difference over a player without it? ...


I do know anything about Panasonic DVD-S53 and its SD-DVD picture quality so I cannot comment on it, but I wrote here in this thread my opinion over Pioneer DV-400V-K picture quality compared with JVC TH-C50 and Philips 5982. All of them showed practically the same picture quality. And I personally have no clue what should I expect to see from Pioneer's PureCinema. On my Panasonic plasma HDTV picture from both Pio DV-400VK and JVC TH-C50 looks great to me and met my expectations. JVC TH-C has no things like Pio's PureCinema but its picture quality is not worse at all.
post #313 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by SBrudzinsky View Post

I do know anything about Panasonic DVD-S53 and its SD-DVD picture quality so I cannot comment on it, but I wrote here in this thread my opinion over Pioneer DV-400V-K picture quality compared with JVC TH-C50 and Philips 5982. All of them showed practically the same picture quality. And I personally have no clue what should I expect to see from Pioneer's PureCinema. On my Panasonic plasma HDTV picture from both Pio DV-400VK and JVC TH-C50 looks great to me and met my expectations. JVC TH-C has no things like Pio's PureCinema but its picture quality is not worse at all.

Thank you for your answer. The picture quality on the Panasonic is decent; I'm just hoping the Pioneer-Pioneer combo might be a little better. I think the Pio will look better cosmetically when combined with the Pioneer TV. I suppose the performance will be only marginally better (if it is better).
post #314 of 1139
I bought the silver Dv-400Vs with optical out& multi-coded.
How do I go about activating the Pioneer's PureCinema?
Thanks.
post #315 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by donchua View Post

..How do I go about activating the Pioneer's PureCinema?....

I have the same question and Pio's PureCinema still enigma to me. I still have no clue what picture improvement (or whatever it should be) experience should I expect?

Anyone? Any thoughts from Pioneer video gears experts here?
post #316 of 1139
I hooked up the set and tested that Component PQ is better then HDMI..
HDMI PQ seem to be noisy & wash out even at 480i/p...
Component PQ is way better..
LCD TV was a LG 37LC7R.

I tried hooked up to my Sharp 32PX5M and the PQ do not have the noisy
problem as my LG & better PQ..

Any expert can advise?
Thanks.
post #317 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by donchua View Post

I hooked up the set and tested that Component PQ is better then HDMI..
HDMI PQ seem to be noisy & wash out even at 480i/p...
Component PQ is way better..
LCD TV was a LG 37LC7R.

I tried hooked up to my Sharp 32PX5M and the PQ do not have the noisy
problem as my LG & better PQ..

Any expert can advise?
Thanks.

From my experience, LG LCD sets have a high amount of image noise in general unless the contrast is jacked to the maximum.
post #318 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by donchua View Post

I bought the silver Dv-400Vs with optical out& multi-coded.
How do I go about activating the Pioneer's PureCinema?
Thanks.

I scoured the manual, and I'm pretty sure the player activates PureCinema automatically, based on the recording source (film- or video-based). The manual states, "PureCinema Progressive Scan video: When connected to a progressive scan compatible TV or monitor using the component video outputs, you can enjoy extremely stable, flicker free images, with the same frame refresh rate as the original movie." (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this stuff, thanks.)

I'm sorry I don't know what benefit PureCinema provides (the definition seems a bit technical to me). However, as noted above, the manual says you need to connect using the component video outputs. Which leads me to another question: Does PureCinema mode not work using the HDMI output? Is it unnecessary when connected via HDMI? I have no idea....

Also, since my PDP-4280HD has PureCinema settings (Film Mode: Off, Standard, Smooth, Advance), should I leave the TV's PureCinema setting Off? That is, does the TV provide the same PureCinema functionality that the player does?? I'm soooo confused. lol
post #319 of 1139
just picked this up for my bedroom paired with a vizo gv42lf.. easy to use and navigate. looks good upconverting to 1080p.
post #320 of 1139
How does the DV-400V compare to the Sony DVP-NS77h?
post #321 of 1139
Kage -

While I haven't tried the Pioneer, I too returned the Oppo DV-980H (due to a "black screen" bug I was experiencing) in favor of the Sony DVP-NS77H. Since I was really happy with the Sony, have no real use for the USB port on the DV-400V, had no place local for me to test drive it (I refuse to shop at BB) and looking at Pioneer's history on upconverting (non-Elite) players on the Secrets site (it seems like they've gone downhill over the years), I decided not to bother. Plus, I was able to pick up the Sony for $70 at Crutchfield using the $20 off $100 Visa card discount and $20 in credit I had from a referral. The cheapest I found the Pioneer for was $88 shipped on-line.
post #322 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kage View Post

How does the DV-400V compare to the Sony DVP-NS77h?

No DivX / MPEG-4 playback support. Other than that Sony DVP-NS77H
has no any superiors to Pio DV-400V. Not in picture quality nor in up-scaling capability. If you do not care about DivX, USB, and not having 480i via HDMI output then go with Sony if you feel that your like Sony more .
post #323 of 1139
Is there any firmware upgrades/dates for the Pio dv-400. I just snagged one up and was just wondering. If so can you point me to a download site.

-Danks
post #324 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slain93gsr View Post

just picked this up for my bedroom paired with a vizo gv42lf.. easy to use and navigate. looks good upconverting to 1080p.

The DV-400V-K looks "okay" to me (my best results were also using the 1080p setting). Funny thing is, I thought it would look much better than the Panasonic DVD-S53 I had before, since my TV is a Pioneer PDP-4280HD. In fact, the reverse was true...the Panasonic actually looked slightly better, although the difference in picture quality wasn't huge. More noticeable was when I paused the picture, the Panny was sharper (I'd describe the Pio player's picture as "softer"). To me, the Pio menu was also definitely more user-friendly and better-looking than the Panny's. I'm going to keep the Pio, since neither one is high-def or expensive. (I also tried Component...with my TV, HDMI looked better. Guess I'll just have to keep looking forward to one company winning the "HD format war." )
post #325 of 1139
Hi, finally one DV400 come to my hands and can tell...
Opposite to the version of model supplied to Europe, in LA the DV400-V-S come with the HDMI cable into the box, is multiregion, and it's building with digital optical out. This pack rocks for me !!
The player can handle faster and bright the WMV files with any problem, the AVI files (divx - xvid) run like a charm even in 1080p resolution.
BUT... one miss that pain a lot my ass is, now the firm can´t handle the MPG and OGM (don´t show any file of this types in the menu).
So I wonder... if all the Pioneer models that are Divx certified like the dv383/380, dv393, dv300, htz131, etc. play good mpg and ogm files, what the hell this firmware of dv400 don´t even recognise it???

That was a big big deception, c'oz i have a lot of music mtv like videos in mpg and mpeg format.

I almost sure that the hardware whould handle this files too, but the question is... there are some way to patch or unlock this firm to make possible play mpg and ogm too like all others old Pioneer models?
post #326 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by donottosmeok View Post

..I'd describe the Pio player's picture as "softer...

There is sharpness control setting in Pio player. You can set to "Fine" mode to increase sharpness if you wish.
And do not forget that your TV has also "sharpness" setting. If you ever set your setting off manufacture preset while using your old Panny DVD player then it maybe needed now to adjust sharpness on your TV suitable to your eyes for your new player. Perception of sharpness / softness, colorfulness, brightness and etc. of the image are vary from person to person. You can adjust all of those to make your viewable picture best suitable for your own eyes. That is why both TVs and DVD players have picture quality adjustment/enhancement settings. I personally feel very comfortable with all Pio's default manufacturing preset. Picture looks clear and sharp enough to me.
post #327 of 1139
I was about to buy the pio from Wally's World, but I thought I'd ask this general question. I know some people are using the upconverting dvd players until they decide to by hd or blu-ray. I already have blu-ray but it's ps3 which I was told doesn't upconvert and also I don't know if I want to use it for gaming AND all std dvd movies (I only own a few blu-ray at this time but quite a few std dvds). Does anyone know if playing std dvds on the ps3 is close to this or other <$100 upconverting dvd players? Also how does the HDTV factor into it? I have a sony xbr4 and I wasn't sure how much improvement just the tv can make on std dvds? Thanks, I know this is probably a newbie question.
post #328 of 1139
Quote:
Originally Posted by SBrudzinsky View Post

There is sharpness control setting in Pio player. You can set to "Fine" mode to increase sharpness if you wish.
And do not forget that your TV has also "sharpness" setting. If you ever set your setting off manufacture preset while using your old Panny DVD player then it maybe needed now to adjust sharpness on your TV suitable to your eyes for your new player. Perception of sharpness / softness, colorfulness, brightness and etc. of the image are vary from person to person. You can adjust all of those to make your viewable picture best suitable for your own eyes. That is why both TVs and DVD players have picture quality adjustment/enhancement settings. I personally feel very comfortable with all Pio's default manufacturing preset. Picture looks clear and sharp enough to me.

I thought it was clear and sharp enough to me, too (when I said it was "soft," I only meant the default settings seemed so). However, I'm returning the DV-400V-K and keeping the Panny DVD-S53, and I'll show why via the attached pictures.

As I said earlier, I was very happy with the DV-400V's menus, it's very easy to navigate around within them. Also, what I've seen said about the "load times" was also true; it loads faster than the DVD-S53. Color on both is acceptable and adjustable (though I found the defaults fine, and do my color tweaks with my Pio PDP-4280HD anyhow, which I intend to someday have calibrated...probably after the 1-year warranty runs out ).

However...when I compared the picture quality of the two players, I found I was seeing artifacts (jaggies?) along the edges of light areas with the DV-400V. I think you can see them clearly in the attached pics (be sure you look at them at 100% size in your browser). The DVD-S53 also had some; but to a much less--and therefore less distracting--degree.

These are still photos; but the artifacts were just as obvious when the picture was in motion. I also felt there was a little more "noise" in the shadows with the DV-400V, which was really hard to "tune out." (The diagonal lines in the pics are camera moire.)

I tried making various adjustments to the DV-400V, but to no avail. The artifacts remained, no matter which resolution I set it for (up to and including 1080p), and no matter what other settings I adjusted.

Therefore, because my PDP-4280HD revealed these artifacts very plainly to me, I decided to return the DV-400V in favor of the Panny DVD-S53. Your results may vary, and I hope they do! Anyway, thanks for all your advice; it was most helpful.
LL
LL
post #329 of 1139
Well... hmm..
Everything what I see is the Pio has a bit sharper image if compare to second screenshot made from S53. At least it looks so to me. That is why "artifacts" are more probably noticeable. But it is only up to your judgment.
post #330 of 1139
Moving up from an older DVD player, I'm quite happy with the PQ of the Pioneer. One thing that I find kind of annoying though is during slow motion play, a bright blue information bar displays accross the width of the screen and there's no way to get rid of it (at least no way I've found). I'm used to seeing these info displays for a second or two before they go away, but in this player, it stays on until you return to normal playback speed. Anyone know how to clear the annoying info bar?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: DVD Players (Standard Def)
AVS › AVS Forum › Video Components › DVD Players (Standard Def) › Pioneer DV-400V Owners Thread