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HCPC Davis Cinema One

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Stuart Wright, May 13, 2001.

  1. Stuart Wright

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    Welcome to the world of HCPCs!
    Despite the hassles, the picture quality really is outstanding, isn't it ?!
     
  2. Ken

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    I was going to upgrade to a CRT(Ellie), but couldn't secure a price that was worth parting with the Davis, so I tried another route, which was ultimately much cheaper.

    Athlon 1Gb
    Abit KT7A-Raid
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    256Mb PC133 DRAM Memory
    Toshiba SD-M1502 DVD ROM (Multi region)
    Creative 5.1 player Sound card
    WinDVD 2000(Having problems with ATI player)
    Just ordered a Black case from Kustom.

    The result of this is a considerable upgrade in image quality. Granted the PC is a little more inconvenient than my 725 DVD player, but what a difference.
    The Davis always had good blacks and I have never seen the rainbow effect on it, and now, no more jaggies, no more shimmering, fast moving scenes retain their focus, greater depth, just great.
    I'd like to thank everyone who has posted information on HCPC's, because of them and AVS Forum, I now enjoy watching DVD's even more than before. Of course, now I have to go through my collection again, shame! ;)

    [ 13-05-2001: Message edited by: Ken ]
     
  3. Ken

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    Thanks Spectre.
    I played around with YXY today and now have yxy starting dvd, genie and windvd, and have it all programed into my Pronto with an Airboard remote keyboard, which can now stay tucked away. This is fun, and a considerably improved image to boot.
    Ken
     
  4. Mark Grant

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    Hello Ken,

    Nice projector the Cinema one when fed with a good signal.

    I also own one :)

    Glad to see you have gone the HCPC route.

    How are you connecting the HCPC to the projector?

    The Davis 'buffer' PC interface box degrades the picture, just incase you didn't know.


    Mark G.
     
  5. Ken

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    Hi Mark,
    I am using the afore mentioned buffer box, and was told it was the only way to do so! If it is degrading the signal I'm missing out. So please, please tell, how do you connect, is it just a matter of hardwiring straight into the EVC connector???
     
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    Hello Ken,

    You really need an EVC to VGA adapter.
    These are just about impossible to find at a reasonable price , you have to import your own.

    I have a spare ,short, about 2 feet, EVC to VGA cable you could have for cheap.
    You would need a longer VGA cable to extend it.

    I am at the moment building an EVC to 5 BNC interface for use with Davis projectors.
    Originally designed for use with the Rock scaler and a Davis.

    Should be great, as allows 5 runs of high quality coax to be used for RGBHV from source to a projector with EVC connector.


    Mark.
     
  7. Ken

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    Had a look inside the EVC buffer today, didn't realise it had all those surface mount components. The signal is obviously treated in some way.

    Mark, does your adapter have similar, or is it hardwired? If so, do you know the wiring configuration, if not, email me with a price for your short adapter? I already have a 10m VGA extension cable.

    Ken
     
  8. Mark Grant

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    Hello Ken,

    It is those surface mount components that degrade the signal.
    They must be something to do with the mouse and audio connectors on the 'buffer' box.

    The EVC to VGA adapters are hard wired adapters, no components, for a nice clean signal.

    The short cable is also a direct connection of the relevant pins for RGBHV.

    IF your VGA extension cable is good quality, you will get a much sharper picture, with the EVC to VGA adapter or cable.

    I will mail you about a price.

    Thanks,

    Mark G.
     
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    Ken,

    Have you looked on www.avsforum.com for a reamedy to your ATI player prob? There was a few threads about it and I think most people have resolved any issues they had.

    I got my evc to vga adaptor from ITM componenets, along with a 25ft vga male to vga male cable. No drop in quality over a short lead either. :)
    http://www.nti1.co.uk/cable-usb.html

    I think the adapter was about £45 quid, and the cable about £35.

    HTH.

    Gary
     
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    Ken,
    I too would like to welcome you to the world of HTPC and DLP projectors, I too have a Davis DL450 and use the EVC-VGA adapter and a 8ft Bettercable VGA cable. These are available from the US and are much better than regular ones. Mark Grant is the real expert with these things but I would definitely look into getting one of his adapters.
     
  11. Ken

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    Thanks for the comments gentlemen, especially to Mark for all his help. I am currently away on business so everything will be on hold for a while,
    Ken
     

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