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Panny PD30 and DVD Recorder for RGB to COmponent conversion

Discussion in 'TVs' started by GadgetObsessed, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. GadgetObsessed

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    Because of the problems with the RGB inputs on the Panny PD30 I'm currently using the S-Video output on my DVD and Sky+ box.

    I'm considering getting a Panny DVD recorder to convert the RGB output from Sky+ to the component output of the DVD recorder itself.

    I'm wondering if anyone has tried this with the PD30 and if so if there was a noticeable improvement in PQ.

    I know at least one person who has tried this using a Toshiba RDX32 DVD recorder without much success (CLH) so I was wondering if I'd get better results with one of the Panny range. Probably the E65 for £230 from richer sounds.)

    (Pioneer dvd recorders don't have component output and the JVCs don't have RGB input so that rules them out.)
     
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    I have a 36PD30 and got an E65 recorder bundled with it (connected with Mark Grant component cable - see cable section of these forums - and a THOR SCART, which now only carries the sound).

    I also have ntl digital cable STB, which routes to the PD30 via the E65.

    When I switch on the E65 (the PD30 recognises the component input, or you can change using the blue fastext key) the picture is better (sharper, clearer and better black level - the latter probably due to the cables), and the horizontal interference lines I get using RGB when changing channels on the ntl box are not present... :)

    So, yes, in my view, worth it.

    However, the E65 can also do progressive, and this does not work at all with the PD30(picture zooms in, gets a blue-ish tinge, geometry goes awry). And it flickers... Well, the instruction book does say it wouldn't work, but... :mad:

    When I first demo'd the PD30, the dealer used a Pioneer DVD Player with prog scan, and the picture was superb (one of the reasons I bought the PD30).

    I don't know anyone else who has a progressive-scan DVD player, so haven't been able to check if it is a Panny-software clash thing, or just the PD30.

    But, I still reccommend using the component inputs, despite my frustrations that I cannot use progressive!
     

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