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I was just about to buy this guy but I heard there is a lot of problems with PQ...


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"Stay away from this product if you are buying it for use with a high-definition television. This player has the infamous "chroma bug" or "chroma upsampling error" which results in poor picture quality on a high-definition television. There is blurriness and digital artifacting around the edges of objects on the screen, and it makes movie-watching almost intolerable. The picture quality is similar to watching satellite during a storm, where the signal becomes weak and the picture beomces blocky. At first I though I just had expectations that were too high for the picture quality on HDTV, but my friend hooked up his Hitachi DVD player (it uses a Faroudja chipset) to my system and picture was beautiful.."


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"I bought a Sony DVP-NS575P today to replace my old Sony DVD player. It is an entry-level progressive scan DVD player and I would otherwise recommend it as a nice, easy-to-use unit except for the quality of the picture. Perhaps I just got a bad one, but the picture simply doesn't have enough contrast. Everything looks dim no matter how I adjust my television. The picture also shows lots of digital artifacts (flickering, etc.) that I find annoying. The old player and the current VCR don't have these problems, so I know it isn't my TV. Needless to say, I cannot recommend this DVD player and I will be returning mine."


Arg. Should I just avoid this one or? I've heard very positive reviews too...I have an HDTV and will run it through a component inpuit so...


Thanks guys!!
 

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Umm.


It's been out for at least 6 months...
Bah! For some reason I thought that said 975. Sorry!


Let me try it again: I think for the money, you can probably do better than this player, like the Zenith 318 over component video if you get earlier than a June 2004 model.

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-b...deInt=0&mpeg=0


You might find this information useful. It's ok, but your two quotes are pretty accurate about this player.
 

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OK well I don't know what to do.


Is this whole "chromo" thing so bad? Could it be fixable?


It seems it's impossible to find a decently priced and "perfect" DVD player. Heck, even paying 1000 bucks can find you errors in a player..
 

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I have had the 575P for 5 months. The chroma bug is hardly noticable and the PQ is very good. As far as the picture being dim, it has black level adjustment in the menu which takes care of that. It's been a great player so far and plays every format you throw at it. The built quality is also much better than any player in that price range.
 

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How did you find those models? I'd like to search the Toshiba SD-3860 and a few others if I can.


Lemme know! THANKS!!
I copy and pasted the Sony unit you were talking about into Google and let 'er rip. ;)
 

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I tried out a 575P briefly and I even reviewed it for Agoraquest.com (it's currently the 2nd most recent review on the site).


The player has the choma bug, but it's hidden by a filter, and the only time I saw it was with poorly encoded material (ie. mixed 3/2 - 2/2 cadence). The good news is that when I threw in Tron, which is an excellent movie to spot chroma problems, I didn't see any with this player. My Transformers DVDs, on the other hand, looked terrible as they have terrible cadence (assuming they actually have any cadence at all).


There was a weird lip-sync problem I saw with an episode of Hercules: Legendary Journeys. Lip-sync would be lost for a minute and then fix itself for a while before it would be lost again. My older NS-325 played the episode without problems. What's more surprising is that I found a lip-sync problem while testing a Denon 1910 with Hot Shots Part Deux. Geez, after 7 years you'd think DVD manufacturers would've totally eliminated this problem!


I did find the black level low with this player, but as was mentioned above you can turn on/off the black level in order to compensate. I didn't see any flickering issues. The one thing that bugged me was the Y/C delay, which was noticable when watching the opening scroll of the Star Wars movies or the clock in '24'. The yellow color bled to the right side of the text.


Keep in mind that the chroma bug and Y/C error do not exist when you run the player in interlaced mode. I almost decided to keep the player and let my Sony 43HT20 TV do the work until I discovered the lip-sync issue.


Buy the unit from a big store (Best Buy / Circuit City / Future Shop / etc) with a 30 day return policy and try it out for yourself. You may not even notice the issues I found.
 
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