Originally Posted by vassillios
Originally Posted by mnilan
I don't know why Barney and others are having problems with SD DVDs on the 1400. Although I mostly play BD discs, I have played quite a few (~15) SD discs and they look spectacular, much better than my Oppo.
If this is the first upscaling player you have ever owned, it does a pretty good job (as in my case). In my old dvd player, Revenge of the Sith would have this weird jerky montion during the pan down to the star cruiser in the beginning, now it is silky smooth. Also, no more jaggies when pausing SD dvd's.
Yea, you guys are probably right. I was a little bit too hard on the 1400
. I'm a movie buff, and I have well over 600 SD DVDs, mostly widescreen of course. There are some truth in the statement, if this is your first or second upscaling DVD player, then the PQ may be just fine. Also if this is your second one, are we so positive that this one, not the 1400, is the best upscaler out there in its class? My point is different players have different levels of capabilities and output. And from my team, Panny EZ47K-starter, Tootsie A2- backup, 1400 -3rd string, and for the 2 Sony's, LG, and JVC, they remained on the practice squad. Even it's a regular season game, why would I send in my 3rd string QB, while my starter and backup are perfectly healthy? Ok, the 1400 is NOT that shotty of player. Just a 3rd QB option on my team. Fair enough?
The justification, IMO, is comparable to... well, given the choice to watch the same program on TV, one is digital SD and the other is digital HD, how many us will choose to watch the digital SD one, even though it's the same program? What is stressed here is not just PQ, but once you have gotten use to a certain level of HD, the slightest difference is exaggerated in your perception of things. Maybe there are some truth to this? Maybe not? For me, the SD channels are gone, replaced by same channel HD. Won't rent VCR when the DVD is all out of the same title. Won't buy 4x3 DVD if widescreen exists. Less likely to buy DVD if HD boomoos exist.... Conclusion-Barney's spoiled!