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Can the new Hitachi5000 series take DVI signal?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by azz, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. azz

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    I am about to buy the Hitachi 42PD5200 plasma. The only thing puttig me off is if the DVI takes a suitable feed from a dvd player.

    Currently i have a Tosh 330e

    Ive looked at the manual online and no help there

    Please help Azz
     
  2. John

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    The hitachi does have a dvi-d socket on it , but I think you will need a hdmi equipped player or hcpc to take advantage of it , Don't think the tosh has a suitable output (if it does I'm off down the shops :D )
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    Mine takes an input from the PC

    Would love a standalone DVD player that did it though
     
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    Thanks for your replys

    The manual does say it takes PC and STB (?satelite) via DVI but no mention of a DVD player such as the samsung 935.

    I just want it to be future proof?

    Whats the pics like through component?, i have seen a RGB fed one in curries and did not look as detailed as a non pixel + phillips ?945

    Thanks

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  5. qaiser

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    I am using the Hitachi 42pd5000, feeding it with DVI from a Momitsu V880 dvd player. 720p and 1080i looks excellent. I prefer 72p, which gives a slightly sharper image.

    BTW, I also get a suprisingly good image from a Netgem Iplayer and Freeview through RGB SCART.

    Q
     
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    HDMI & DVI-D are compatible, you just need a HDMI-DVI cable or an adapter. HDMI DVD players are quite pricey though.
     
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    Quaiser, can I ask where you got the Momitsu player from, and how much?
     
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    The Weird,

    Yes , I actually have two. One I bought imported direct from Manowa in Taiwan. Cost me 160 pounds all in. The second is a 'Brainwave' labelled player, which is exactly the same as the Momitsu. I bought that for 120 pounds off the Forums. I think you can import reliably from hivizone www.hivizone.com in Hong Kong. Both players updated to latest firmware.
    Good scaling and mpeg2 decoder and convenient vs. an HTPC.

    Q
     
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    Them momitsus make me think that twice about my HTPC project. You can impot one from HK for less than a high end graphics card.
    Now are there any units with Ethernet ports like the Kiss devices, that can play video files and pictures from across a network?

    If so they beat HTPC handsdown on features to pounds
     
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    NaTT,

    You may want to wait for the upcoming Momitsu V880N which features a network connection. Check out www.manowa.com.tw for details - that's when the site is actually working! Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
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    thanks Dutch, it sure does. But what is it about tiawaneese web sites? MSI's and Zalmans are just the same
     
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    If it can out put at 1080p, how does that marry up to a screen with say 1024x768 resolution? It's not going to be pixcel to pixcel mapped is it? So is that where a HCPC running descaler can help?
     
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    Natt,

    I don't think the Momitsu will output 1080p, however you can configure it to output custom resolutions for your display device. I am experimenting with the best options for my Hitachi 42pd5000 plasma. Right now I am using 1024x512 @ 50Hz for PAL DVD. I use an app called cr4v880 to work out these settings. The app is available here:
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?threadid=330731&highlight=cr4v880

    This resolution is as close to native for the alis panel. I would say that you would probably get better (10-20%?) results from dscaler for de-interlace, but is it worth the extra hassle?

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    Does any one know where I could see a demo of the 5200 with DVI, or at least see some good images, coming from Sky / DVD's.
    Looks like there arent many AV shops in Kent that do ?????

    Had 1 demo of 5200, but must say, that i wasnt impressed. I think thats because the setup wasnt as good as i expected.

    Qaiser, can i ask, has the Momitsu DVI, really made a difference for you , and how long was the delivery time from ordering, as you bought this from Taiwan?????
     
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    VT4,

    I'll post some images. I don't use SKY only Freeview and DVD. I really bought the Momitsu because it has the ability to output analogue RGB through the DVI. This allows me to use a DVI to VGA converter plug and pass the RGB signal to a CRT projector. I can now send scaled images to the CRT projector and a 7 ft screen in a cinema room. I then bought the 42pd5000, which I thought was good value compared with Pioneer 434 and HD Panasonics. I get perfectly good pictures with the 42pd5000, I sit about 8ft away. Up close there are definitely interlacing artifacts with Freeview. I am not convinced by the Momitsu and DVI. The picture is sharp enough and artifact free, but the colours seem somehow muted compared with Freeview.

    The Momitsu took 3 weeks to arrive from Manowa. Hivizone, and these guys: http://www.taipeipc.com/ are apparently very fast at shipping.

    Qaiser
     
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    qaiser,

    Have you updated your Momitsu's firmware to the latest issue? You would have better picture adjustment over DVI and it should cure your colour problem. Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
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    What picture settings did you finally settle on - I still get the odd bit of smearing on Sky pictures
     

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