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The new Bravo D1 DVD player is getting a lot of attention in the DVD

Hardware and "> 5K PJ" forums. My D1 came today and I

connected it to my P50 via DVI and I'm happily watching DVDs at 720P.

PQ is excellent! The D1 is an absolute steal at $200! So far, good...


Go check out the chatter in the other forums.


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Larry,


I was after the Panasonic RP82 until I read about the Bravo D1. I don't have DVI. Would you still recommend it?


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Chris, I did very little viewing with component output. And what component

output I did see, it was at 720P. I believe you have to connect a DVI

cable in order for it to output 720P or 1080i via component. Sounds

funny, but it's something like that. See DVD

hardware thread for description from aaron(?). What I did see

wasn't bad, but not as good as DVI. Others may have done comparisons

by now.


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I think Im out of luck if I get this player with a 433cmx since I believe the DVI input on the 5002 card with Pioneer Plasma only works for computers.Anyone know for sure?
 

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I think Im out of luck if I get this player with a 433cmx since I believe the DVI input on the 5002 card with Pioneer Plasma only works for computers.Anyone know for sure?
Matt,


You are correct. The 5002 card will only recognize a computer signal. IN order to use the D1 or any new player with DVI you will have to replace the 5002 card with one of the upcoming KD or Aurora Cards.
 

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Why would a DVD player output 720p when the source is 480i/p? It makes no sense to me. Guess I'll hop over to the other forum and see what people have to say.
 

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My D1 came today and I connected it to my P50 via DVI and I'm happily watching DVDs at 720P. PQ is excellent! The D1 is an absolute steal at $200! So far, good...
Larry,

I was under the impression that the P50 had an excellent scaler. I know running DVI is cool, but do you really think using the D1's scaler & DVI is as good or better as running 480p into the P50 and using its scaler?


Just curious. I'll be replacing the 5002 on my 433CMX in the near future with one of Aurora's boards which is supposed to have a much better scaler. But the single DVI/HDCP input will be used by my TS-160. DVD will be component or maybe VGA (HTPC), so I guess the D1 isn't for me unless I wait for a dual-DVI board. :(


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If this player can output 1080i through DVI, have you compared 720p vs 1080i on your plasma, both from dvi?
 

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Dave,


480P into the component inputs of the P50 from a good DVD player

is great. 720P into the DVI input of the P50 is greater! :) I don't know

how much work the P50 does when it is fed a 720P DVI signal compared

to feeding it either a 480P signal via component or 480P via DVI.

I can easily try and see how much difference in PQ there is with 480P

and 720P via DVI. From what others have said, the advantage of DVI

is that all the data "conversion" is done in the digital domain and stays

there all the way to the display. With component, there's a switch

to analog and back that's needed.


So, I would think that with DVI input there's much less work for the panel

to do. For 720P it would just be a matter taking 1280x720(?) and

upscaling it to 1366x768 in the P50.


Now that I have the D1, I could use a DVI switch, too, if I want my Zenith

520 to connect via DVI. Cheapest switch I've seen is the same price

as the D1! Currently, I don't need DVI/HDCP from OTA HDTV. I haven't

upgraded my dish yet. (that's another story...) . So I can afford to wait

a bit for a DVI switch. I would wager that once you saw DVDs via

DVI on your 433cmx, you wouldn't miss DVI on your stb. Is there

anything now that requires DVI/HDCP on sat?


The D1 is basically a replacement for HTPC-DVD. So for the price of

a D1 ($200) and the price of a Dr Bott DVI switch ($200), can you

build a HTPC for DVD? I would say, "no". Not to mention the savings

in space and heat.


larry
 
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