Originally Posted by SBrudzinsky
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
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.