Originally Posted by noventa98
completely newbie here. I just got this beautiful machine and tested it with various materials. The rest of the equipment is not up to speed, as I am still using a Pana ae700U projector from 2004 (which works pretty well too). I bought the Oppo after my old Oppo DVD player finally died. I wanted to keep up with new materials and a possible upgrade of the projector one day. My Oppo 203 has also the multi-region feature which I need because of my mixed library (US and Europe). And the reviews of the Oppo are top.
The only issue I have so far is related to old black and white movies. The blacks look more like sepia on the projector. I have corrected the colour temperature of the image on the projector and it looks better (not perfect though). However, I didn't have such an issue with my old Oppo. So I am wondering if I should modify some settings on the player too.
Thanks a lot for your advise!
PS I searched the thread but the the search engine did not bring up any meaningful results.
This is almost certainly a settings issue in the projector. Are you using the same input into the projector you used with the older player? When playing DVDs before were you sending 480i or 480p into the projector? The projector likely has different calibration settings for each input, and also likely has different behavior when receiving 480i/480p (which is BT.601 color gamut) than when receiving, say, 1080i or 1080p from the new OPPO (which is BT.709 color gamut).
Do you have any other, newer source devices you can use for comparison?
In the OPPO, leave all the Picture Adjustment settings in their factory default (0) values. Make all your video adjustments in the projector. (Only use the settings in the OPPO if the projector can not be adjusted to produce the correct image using its own settings.)
If you are sending RGB video format to your older projector (rather than YCbCr) confirm that you have matching settings in the OPPO and in the projector for the flavor of RGB in use. The normal choice for home theater content would be what's called RGB Video Level in the OPPO (meaning "black is 16"). The other choice, called RGB PC Level in the OPPO (meaning "black is 0") should only be used if your display can't be made to work properly with any other style of video feed. In the projector, look for a setting that has to do with "black levels" and which only offers TWO choices. The setting and the two choices in the projector could be called just about anything, as there is no consensus in the industry on this. That's the setting that needs to match. This is a *MANUAL* selection you have to make to match on both sides of the HDMI cable -- not something that gets figures out automatically during the HDHI handshake.
While playing a movie, you can use the Extended Info display to see what's happening. Press and Hold the Info button on the Remote for a few seconds until it comes up. Use Up/Down Arrow to scroll through and see it all. The first section describes the content you are playing. The next section describes what's going out on the Main HDMI output of the player.
Check what you are sending out to the projector for Color Depth. (The choices being 8-bit, 10-bit, or 12-bit.) Your older projector may not correctly handle higher than 8-bit -- which is what your older DVD player likely sent out.