Home DVD players vs old PC DVD configs
Hello to all,
this is my first message and I see there're impressive amount of threads and info on high end modern home theatre setups. I'd like to know your opinion on the subject of modern DVD oriented consumer setups (not high end) versus the older/oldest ones usually on PC.
I have been always a fan of DVD decoding since early PC configuration couldn't handle the MPEG2 decoding and since then I begin to understand this world. Back in the 90's having a K6-2 cpu based PC I went for the Creative Dxr3/Hollywood+ PCI card that was (and somehow I think still is) a great solution not necessary for the solved cpu speed problems but focusing mostly on the quality that could give on a CRT monitor. After that LCD monitors came and those cards along with the GPUs having mostly all the necessary hw engines to do that task, were not necessary anymore.
As you know many GPUs began having motion compensation, IDCT acceleration for years and I usually remember these video cards since 1999 to 2005 around.
Nowdays I got to test these old setups compared to some (cheap) dvd players even low end blu-ray ones and I was impressed that the feelings the older solution were somehow better than any dvd players I used in these years. Many dvd players I tried beside the few output they have when I'd like to have all the possible outputs included VGA and DVI not only HDMI, have also fixed resolution and any sort of who-knows pixel processing to upscale or (try-to) improve visual quality, end up with a really fake image. I always believed that no post-processing or upscaling can do "magic" but with the few resolution of a usual DVD I'd prefer an hardware acceleration that does not a bad job even in a 768p resolution. Also most of these players does not let you fix your own resolution with only few options that need to be accepted or refuse by the monitor.
So I tested again these old Hollywood+ EM8300 based cards and old ATi gpu acceleration with old sw like Powerdvd or Windvd and I am impressed by the great results they can still do (Windows ME enviroment), on an old but good 1280x768 26" monitor/tv having both VGA and DVI . The first decoder had the problems of the external pass cable that degraded quality and suffered the LCD tech imho but was indeed a great solution for its time and doing excellent in the upscale external chip, the second wasn't a complete solution depending on which sw used but still the hw work / upscaling is excellent with no fake filtering or noise removal, and with the DVI output to the wanted perfect resolution.
What's your experience with those old solution and modern ones? I've also tried a modern GPU with VLC and linux with VDPAU acceleration and noticed the same problem of other home solution: speed is obviously not a problem anymore but quality is not improved imho maybe I still prefer the really old solution.
Thanks for your opinions.