DVD Upscaling with Sharp BCPH21H?

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  1. Nuck_the_king

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    Good evening all,

    I have just bought (from the classifieds) one of these players, and I KNOW that Sharps are not renowned for DVD upscaling. I have a Philips PFL9632D LCD, and I have a couple of questions. I also know that the whole issue of SD upscaling is full of contradictions and arguments; but I would love to have your thoughts on; so here goes:

    1) What settings should I use from the Sharp BR player to get the best out of SD DVD upscaling? Am I better leaving the upscaling to the LCD? If so, what should I tell the Sharp to output? Also, if I fiddle with these, will it affect (i.e. "scr*w up) the BR picture?

    2) Am I better off getting an upscaling DVD player to do the job of playing SD DVDs? Bearing in mind that I have NO budget to do this, I would be looking at a secondhand upscaler...are any worth it?

    3) I have a big old Sony 925D DVD player in the loft; will this give me a better picture if I hook it up via component than either of the above solutions?

    Any advice / help would be great.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Hi Nuck. :)
    What resolution can the Sharp send for DVD?
    All the best.
     
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    KF,

    Thanks for your reply. I've looked through the manual and can't find anything to tell me what the Sharp outputs on SD-DVD; there is also nothing on the (really tiny!) display to indicate this (like I had on my old Tosh EP-30).

    I guess that if I look on the TV, that might tell me what image resolution is being displayed; but it might not be clear whether that would be after the TV has processed it or simply what the player is outputting; if that makes sense...

    Of course, the frustration is that I haven't got any Blurays to play on it yet; so I can only try SD-DVDs; and, as it stands, they are slightly undewhelming (compared with what I remember from my EP30; but my memory could be letting me down I suppose; it has been 5-6 weeks since I sold it...!)

    I will keep trying and will post anything further that I find out; or perhaps someone with this machine could help out?

    Cheers,

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    Your TV should display what your DVD player is supplying.
    Sharp are not renowned for there upscaling ability. Maybe best to let the tv do it.

    I have recently purchased the Toshiba XDE500 DVD player and the Panasonic BD35 Blu- ray Player, and find the Toshiba far the better at upscaling DVDs.
    I am not fooling myself on this, as it would be much easier to use the Panasonic for both.
     
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    Have you checked in the players on screen menu? :)
    This the player.Looks like it upscales to 1080p so maybe best to leave it to that,no mucking about with menus then.
     
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    I have had a look on-screen (through the player) whilst a DVD is playing; but sadly it doesn't tell me what resolution is being output.

    In the setup menus, I can set the HDMI output to 1080p or i as maximum (but it's left on auto at the moment).

    However, the component setting says that DVD playback is only output at 480/576p or i through component; but because I've never used component, I don't know if this is a limitation of component output itself (i.e. it would be the same whatever player I had); or whether this leads to a better understanding of what the player might be outputting....

    Is it worth looking at the TV to see what it thinks it's displaying?

    Thanks again for your help.

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    Auto or 1080p should be fine :smashin: yes,component is limited to 480/576p with DVD no scaling allowed.
    Usually the TV has a display/info button which shows the signal resolution.
     
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    Sorry; our messages overlapped. Yep; the details for the player do say "The BD-HP21U is also compatible with standard DVDs and is capable of upscaling them via HDMI to 1080p, improving the picture performance of an existing DVD library".

    So I guess it goes up to 1080p then....and I agree that it's probably best to just leave it to do it and make sure the TV is receiving that input correctly.

    Thanks very much again KF for your help :clap:

    But it does take me back to my original question; would my old Sony DVP-S725D DVD player do a better job? Would a cheapish HDMI DVD player?

    Any thoughts?

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    How do DVD's look to you via the Sharp?
     
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    WG,

    Thanks very much for your post; I don't quite think I've got the budget for one of these; but it's interesting to hear that you feel that there is a real difference in the two players....

    Maybe I should keep looking in the classifieds for a £25 2nd-hand upscaler to see whether it makes a difference....

    Thanks again for your input :thumbsup:.

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    KF,

    Again, the trouble is that I've only got a Panasonic DMR-ES10 DVDR to compare with; which, although fine for backing up Sky+ SD recordings (which is why I bought it), is hardly a "cutting edge" DVD player.

    Having said that, I was well impressed with the image quality when I bought it; but then I saw HD....:rolleyes::rolleyes::smashin:.

    I would say that, broadly speaking, SD-DVD playback is marginally better on the Sharp; but it's a close-run thing....

    Also, I know that I need to go through the forums and find some different settings to try with the LCD...more fiddling; sadly, neither the wife nor the two under-8 kids can see why I need to play films and then keep interrupting them to play with settings.....;););).

    Perhaps I need to find someone with a new-ish upscaling DVD player and do some comparisons.....

    But I am still happy; because I know that I didn't buy the Sharp for its DVD playback; and it's supposed to be A1 on Bluray. Also, it only cost me £95 2nd-hand :D; so I cannot complain.

    Nuck.
     

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