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HCPC or Prog Scan DVD player? (Newbie Question)

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by owenw, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. owenw

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    Hi ,

    I'm new to the HCPC's although have been a PC system builder for years.

    I'm planning to get a CRT projector for my home cinema system and I'm considering building a HCPC for DVD playback.
    For now that's all I want it to do (don't need PVR / MP3 or internet access etc.) although I might add these features at a later time. I'm also considering installing a capture card to watch Sky Digital on the PJ but this is secondary to watching DVD movies.

    Would it be better to buy a high end progressive scan DVD player /deinterlacer / scaler or build a HCPC in terms of Picture and Sound quality?

    Also I understand there is some issue with lip sync when using a deinterlacer/ scaler such as dScaler or the Holograph3D card???

    I already have an AV separates system which is great but I want the best picture quality for the PJ.

    My initial goals are to:

    (1) Have de-interlaced, line-doubled video output to CRT PJ.
    (2) Output digital audio stream to AV amp for 5.1 decoding.
    (3) Have full remote control using a Pronto remote

    I'd be grateful for your advice,

    Thanks,
    Owen
     
  2. Rob.Screene

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    Hi Owen,
    In summary, you need to know the sweet spot resolution for the projector you are considering.

    I'd say if the projector really will work best with only line-doubled 480p/576p resolution then get a mainstream progressive scan DVD player.

    I'd only bother with a Video scaler or HTPC if the projector/display makes better use of 720p, 768p or higher. This really improves NTSC DVD's, on my Barco I had a look at 480i via S-Video and it was really horrible!

    Also a Scaler or HTPC will be useful for analog video sources, like game consoles, tv or laserdisc, which a progressive scan DVD player won't help.

    I also like using the HTPC as a music jukebox, but that wasn't really part of your questions was it!

    regards,
    Rob.
     
  3. owenw

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    Thanks for the reply Rob,

    I'm not sure which projector I'm going to get but most likely to start out I'll go for a Sony VPH-1272Q to and then move on to a Barco. I don't want to blow up a pricey PJ :)

    I've a feeling if I built a HTPC it would get used for DVD, analogue video, MP3 playback etc.

    I've seen interlaced s-video on a few projectors too, and it's not a pretty sight!

    Owen
     

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