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dvd picture quality less sharp than sky+?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by zingela, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. zingela

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    Hi,
    I have a Samsung dvd-hd850 connected to a Panasonic th37-pv500 via HDMI, set to 720p. I have my sky+ box connected to the tv through a decent RGB scart. Can anyone explain why an equivalent film shown on sky seems to look sharper than played through my dvd player? The dvd image just seems softer, and gets worse when I expand it to full screen to compare with the sky broadcast.
    Is it something to do with scaling?
    Hope somebody can shed some light on this for me.
    Richard
     
  2. Baron Von Doom

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    have you tried playing a dvd through the scart lead instead of hdmi
     
  3. zingela

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    Hi, yes I've tried scart and component. Component is pretty much on par with HDMI (blacks not quite as black), and scart is far inferior.
     
  4. Badger0-0

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    HDMI should be better :confused:

    I'd double check the settings on the DVD player.
     
  5. ukdan

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    I would put my money on the quality of the dvd player myself.
    I had a samsung hd940 i think it was, wasnt very good so sold it on.
     
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    I use the Panny S97 DVD player via HDMI with a PV500 and the PQ is breathtaking with well encoded dvd's.....I agree it sounds like the dvd player may be the weak link
     
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    Thanks for that. I've found the hd850 a pain to use, so might start saving for something better.
    R
     
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    I have what is supposed to be a reasonable DVD player outputting HDMI into the DVI input on the screen. I was quite surprised to find that on occasions a film on Sky (not Sky+) can appear (from memory) better than some DVD's. I,ve never compared the same film off Sky to the DVD at the same time though. Before buying the plasma screen I was expecting, having read many posts on here, a very poor image off Sky, but was very pleasantly surprised.

    When I replaced my old DVD player that used component output, there wasn't the improvement that I really expected with the new, reasonably well rated HDMI player. If you're going to replace your DVD player I would suggest that you take your old player along to the dealer to see the improvement that you may get before parting with your money!
     

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