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434 + HDMI + 868 = Fantastic!!!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Claus, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. Claus

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    Hi,

    Last week I received my Pio 434 plasma screen and the 868 DVD player.

    Today I received the HDMI cable.

    I have never seen such detail and depth in a DVD picture, ever!
    The images are extremely smooth, with a 3D like appearance. The blacks are even better and there's no noise at all in the picture.

    For all you people waiting for the player and the cable: Look forward to it! It is a fantastic combination!

    Claus
     
  2. Brogan

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    HTF did you manage to get hold of an HDMI cable!?!?

    Not fair!

    And to all you nay-sayers.....:p :p :p
     
  3. Claus

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    Hi,

    I got a sample cable from a dealer, who will get the rest of the cables in late December. Very lucky!!

    C
     
  4. Brogan

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    Well if your dealer has any more "samples" let me know :smashin: :hiya:
     
  5. Graham Sims

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    Have you tried running it at the higher resolutions etc.
    If so, does it make any difference?

    Cheers,

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    It has a resolution of 750p. Which I think is the highest resolution possible.
    Very smooth! It is also possible to get 1125i, but I guess the 750p is the best.

    C
     
  7. Brogan

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    Yes, come on Claus.
    We want detailed testing results.

    I'm not interested in comparisons to other players.
    Just want to know what settings on the 868 and 434 result in the best picture.
     
  8. Brogan

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    According to the 868 manual the following settings are available:
    640 x 480 (PS NTSC)
    720 x 480 (PS/I NTSC)
    720 x 576 (PS/I PAL)
    1280 x 720 (PS)
    1920 x 1080 (I)
     
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    Brogan,

    I just received the cable so I'm still figuring things out....

    But i have set the DVD player's video output to DIRECT, which means the digital signal is going directly to the screen. Bypassing the processors in the player. I have turned off all of the plasma's video processors(MPEG NR, DNR,CTI,DRI+++) since there is NO noise in the digital picture transfer.

    The video output resolution of the DVD player is set to 1280x720p. I thought this resolution was higher than the screens resolution, but when I set it to that resolution, it shows a 750p picture.

    All in all, it's a hell of a picture!

    Claus
     
  10. Brogan

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    OK, don't mean to pressure you but AFAIK, you're the first person outside Pioneer to have an HDMI cable so there's a lot of responsibility on your shoulders...:D

    Keep us updated on your findings and with a bit of luck, you'll have it all sorted out before everyone else gets theirs. :)
     
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    Brogan,

    What is actually best, a 1125 interlaced signal or a 750p?
    Technically?

    Claus
     
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    LOL - I wouldn't have a clue. :D
    I just read the manuals/forums and go from there.
    I'm sure one of the resident gurus will be able to answer though.

    I guess it all depends on how and where the scaling is done?
     
  13. Graham Sims

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    Even at 750p the plasma will have to do scaling as its resolution is 1024x768, and 750p is 1280x768.

    Cheers,

    Graham
     
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    If de-interlacing is done properly a progressive output from DVD should be best. The resolution of the devcice is greater than 750P so upscaling will be done by the plasma in your configuration.

    Gordon



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    Graham, Gordon,

    How does 750p relate to 1280 x 768?

    Also, won't the plasma be doing down-scaling as the output is 1280 x 768 and the plasma resolution is 1024 x 768?
     
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    The output is 1280x720 but 720 is viewable lines and 750 is the actual resolution (presumed....) so plasma is upscaling 720 TO 768P.

    The horizontal resolution is downscaled though from1280 TO 1024 ON 434's.

    Gordon
     
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    Thanks Gordon.
     

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