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Just hooked up my first prog scan DVD player to my PJ.

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Bristol Pete, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. Bristol Pete

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    As above, just wired and fired my new DVD player to my Panny AE300. Its only the Sony 730 which I got for £139.00 online.

    Now, as someone who has been the first to critisize the AE300 I can honestly say that it makes a massive difference. I set the DVD player to film progressive, lowered the picture, brightness and colour settings by -2 and watched region 1 T3 in awe.

    Ran a couple of demos yesterday, which included my favourite PQ disks, Swordfish, SPR, Training Day and Red Dragon. All of them look even better with the occasional 'twitter' and haloing/fringing that plauged them before the upgrade are now completely gone. Superb:smashin:

    I also tried LOTR - Two Towers as I was really disappointed with the PQ of this DVD on my PJ. However, it honestly looks like a different film. Bold colours, no VB, smooth and filmic. Exactly as it should be.

    So there we have it, a new DVD player and a hoya filter have made a load of difference and I expect to be happy with my Panny for a least ohh, six odd weeks:devil:

    Thanks again to all here, have a great new year.

    Cap:)
     
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    I'm glad your happy. I've been running progressive scan for ages and will not go back. To be honest. Even using my pc with 1:1 mapping doesn't look that much better (very slight in fact) so i'll be sticking to my setup from now on.
     
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    Cap'n,

    I too have an ae300 running from a tosh dvd player via component. Would you say that prog scan makes a massive difference? Also with your hoya filter, do you not have to use this with a hcpc?

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  4. Bristol Pete

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    I can only consider it as an improvement as that is what my eyes see. Much better than our old interlaced DVD as far as I am concerned. The best way I can explain it is this. Before, if we were watching a DVD and a scene had roof tiles or a lot of detail on it, the roof tiles may twitter or move, which I can only liken to 50hz bounce.

    Now that effect has been completely removed with the new DVD deck. Also, colours are bolder and the image is smoother. A worthwhile upgrade all told.

    As for the Hoya, I simply turn the picture temp up to +2 and I get an image I much prefer than without the Hoya. Deeper blacks with less noise.

    Cap:smashin:
     
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    Cap

    Glad you're getting good results with the 730. I too have bought this DVD player, are you not effected with the "blocky blacks"?. I can certainly see it on my tv, are you saying you don't see it on the pj? I bought the player in readiness of getting a pj so haven't seen it in operation using progressive scan as yet, does this then get rid of the blocky blacks?

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  6. Bristol Pete

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    Noticed 'blocky blacks'. If you are, perhaps you could use the BNR to smooth it out.

    Watched LOTR- The Fellowship yesterday and was blown away by the PQ. Also watched the genius Back to the Future Part 1 and that looked great - and I forgot what a bloody great film it is.

    It is mad that in 2003/4 a DVD deck costing just £130.00 can blow the weeds off of a deck that cost £500.00 just three years ago. I suppose thats called progress and one has to say that its great for the consumer.

    The only fault I can level at the 730 is the fact that the progressive option is controlled by the DVD facia only, not the remote. Not a big deal though.

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    clintc,

    I had to tweak my Z2 quite a lot to increase shadow detail (ie get rid of blocky blacks) with 730. Try boosting gamma on your tv (if poss) and then recalibrate.
     
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    Thanks chaps, I've already used the BNR to reduce the blocky blacks down quite a bit and I think I'm running on Cinema 2 mode or something like that. I guess pj's have more tweakability... one day I'll have one... a pj that is. :D
     

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