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Best video source: PAL Progressive DVD player vs Laptop

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Seb1, Oct 5, 2003.

  1. Seb1

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    I don't own a DVD player at the moment and I will be buying a projector soon.

    I have a laptop that can play DVD's very well.

    I would like to know whether the laptop would produce a better picture than a PAL progressive DVD player on a projector like the AE200/300 or Epson TW10?

    If it can then I can delay buying a decent DVD player...
     
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    the biggest problem with the laptop i would imagine is the sound.....

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    Looks like that will sort out the sound for you ok - assuming you already have a DD/DTS capable receiver/amp....

    The AE200 will take a custom resolution which you can set up using a program called Powerstrip - assuming that your laptop has suitable graphics - Radeon Mobile is best bet. Use same resolution setup as for AE100 - do a search on the forums for more info. This will make a 1:1 pixel match, there should be the same available for the Epson, but you may have to fiddle.

    If your laptop has ATI Rage graphics onboard, then there's a 848x480 setting in powerstrip that the laptop will lock onto; this is near 1:1, and will give a much cleaner picture that having the projector scaling from XGA.

    There is no 1:1 pixel match setting for the AE300 - afaik, the firmware in the Pj simply won't allow it. There are a number of near-1:1 settings, a search here or on avsforum will give more information.

    Good luck,

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    i'm in a similar situation, i've ordered a dp-1000 kiss dvd player from scan.co.uk but it is still on order, i've got an ae100 coming in the post this week and would like to know if a laptop will give better output that progressive component rgb dvd player?
     
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    with the AE100, you should be able to achieve a 1:1 map using a laptop and powerstrip (best if you have good video). So you should get a better picture than the prog dvd player....

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    hmm so i think i'll cancel my dvd player then and go for that sound card to, found it cheaper here
     
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    just dont forget that the pc route can be problematic..... i dont know how easy it will be to use that soundcard and to get everything set up right..... that is the big bonus of a standalone player.....

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    seb1, found a really cheap place to get these, £33 inc P+P
    email me if you want to know where goldmercury0@hotmail.com
    as there is now only one left and don't want to advertise the url here. :clown:
     
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    Personally I would go the HCPC route.
    I have a progressive scan DVD player, but it is at the cheaper end of the market at £150 (the Yamaha)
    Using good quality component cables I can still see ringing around the image.
    Plug in my PC and all is well. As stated, the pixel mapping and scaling is all done in the pc and the VGA output is superior anyway.
    I have a cheap soundcard that has SPDIF out into my amp which does the decoding.

    The only downside is that computers are Ba**ards, we all know that. But if you can stand the odd fiddle and the odd crash etc..the rewards are significant.

    Enjoy



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    Hi there,

    Try the Terminator2 Extreme Edition on a 3.2ghz p4 PC and pipe it out via dvi to a quality DLP projector at 1080p and watch your jaw drop (along with your bank balance).
     
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    Surely a 3.2ghz P4 is a little over-spec'd for simple DVD playback!


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    The recommended specs to play the HD version of Terminator 2 EE (which is stored as windows media player video format) are a 3ghz pc and a 128 mb graphics card. The resolution is 1920x1080!
     
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    Ahhhh.. that'll explain it then.. ;)


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    I have one of the rare working pairings of an AE100 and a Philips 963SA progressive scan DVD player. The two work very well together IMO.

    I also have a Sony Vaio laptop with radeon 7500 graphics. Would this in theory improve the picture quality? I have a VGA run from my AV cabinet for the ProV, so I could in theory put the laptop on top of the cabinet, and have one of those USB thingies standing by for movies. Doesn't sound overly complicated.

    But would a laptop run a DVD smoothly? I tried the clips of T2 extreme and they seemed Ok (its a P4 2.5 GHz with 512MB Ram)
     
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    My HCPC is a 1gig duron with 256mb Memory, with a cheap Radeon card and a Soundblaster with spdif out.
    The difference between my prog scan DVD player with component out and my VGA progressive from the computer is pretty astonishing - No jaggies, very sharp, fully scaled etc.

    It's just a pain to wait 3 minutes sometimes for the bootup.
    I also use TheaterTek, which I feel is the best software package but opinions differ.


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