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Best DVD source?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Punce, Mar 4, 2002.

  1. Punce

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    right then, which one would be the best quality? would it be:

    1) DVD player with PS compnonent -> PJ

    2) DVD player -> Capture Card on PC -> DScaler -> Powerstrip -> PJ

    3) DVD-ROM drive -> Powerstrip -> PJ

    answers on a SAE and send to...:D
     
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    1 or 3. My money goes with 1 as I am now officially fed up with 3.

    Most (panel) projectors scale quite well therefore I think the real trick is to get a good PS signal into them. Projectors that can't take a PS input are a no no nowdays in my book.
     
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    Ah, a trick question me thinks. It would depend on the source and the various components. I personally use No 3 with the addition of Cineplayer 4 & Zoomplayer because Powerstrip stinks at playing DVDs. ;)
     
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    After reading a fair bit on avsforum, I'm having a few doubts on using the component input of the AE-100E, Li On says it looks crap

    I'm thinking of using my WinTV capture card for Sky and PS2 etc, and I was just wondering how a DVD-ROM would compare to a stand alone player for judder etc.

    Jeff, another thing, what do you fo for sound? I'm got a Sony 930 AV amp, and I would like to use 5.1/DTS. I've got a SB Live with SPDIF out mini jack, would the sound be as goos as my Pioneer 525 DVD player?
     
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    you should try the componant imput, it's pretty good, I think Li on must be a bit fussy.
     
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    It was in his own opinion, possibly he has better eyesight than your average eagle, but I'm sure there's some truth behind it.

    Tim, have you ever tried a HTPC set up properly with the AE100E?
     
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    Yes, I have tried the HTPC route briefly, with my Creative dxr3 card, it was a big jump in picture quality, but I coudn't get powerstrip working, so I coudn't try 856 x 480 (480wide), this resolution is supposed to rock.
    I will give it another go when I upgrade my PC.
     
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    I seem to remember reading your posts now.

    Yeah, now that they've cracked the correct Powerstrip settings, it would be very interesting seeing the results, and soon as Panasonic send out the new stock, I'll be able to play about with it myself ...so to speak :rolleyes:

    I'm just a little concerned about decent sound!
     
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    Punce,

    Which live card do you have? An early one or one of the newer 5.1 cards?

    Jeff
     
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    Thought of trying PSI's PD 1000? It offers scaling inside the DVD transport and outputs as RGBHV (DVI soon) only. It is $1999 - $2500, and the company offers $10,000 reward to anyone who finds a better DVD Video option!

    Cheers Kane

    PS I would go for this if I didn't already have a Toshiba SD900E! It is meant to rock!!!!
     
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    I was more than happy with the component input until I used my PC and now I'm not happy with component.

    Now I'm hooked on projectors.
     
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    My Sound Blaster is the 1024 (CT4830) and it has got an SPDIF digital out ( a yellow mini jack socket)
     
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    The old Live cards have a non standard voltage on the spdfif port which could damage your receiver/amp, so you might want to upgrade to a newer card. To go from the mini jack connector which most sound cards have to Digital Coax all you need is a mono mini jack to RCA adapter which costs 52p from RS.
     
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    Thanks, I better not try anything with this card then :rolleyes:

    If I go down this route, and start upgrading bits, do you reckon I should go for that M-Audio 24/96?

    In fact, could I ask you for 3 recommendations?

    1) Graphics card - I believe the Radeon 7200 is good ( if you can find one)

    2) DVD-ROM - Pioneer 106 seems to be a favourite, any good DVD/CD-R combi drives - ie quiet and multiregion inc. RCE?

    3) Sound card - the above mentioned?

    Cheers
     
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    All good choices, you have been doing your homework.
     

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