That product doesn't say what resolutions it supports, and you don't say what you plan on using it with.
If you are using an AE100, then you want to be able to output XGA (1024x768) for the best results. If this thing only outputs 640x480 then it might produce mixed results.
Some kind of box (proV, this one you mention, others) is good to improve normal TV/video viewing. The jury is still split on DVD playback, but generally they are an improvement when your projector doesn't have a good scaler (the AE100 doesn't have a good scaler)
i can say that the prov can improve dvd playback, it is more obvious on a bad disc, i have a dvd of the original starwars which through the tv is great but the PJ shows up its flaws, when played via the prov the picture is greatly improved.
This is the ViewSonic VB50 - looks identical to ProV (Mine is called XGA Theater - from Scancom, UK arm of Avtoolbox), but if you read the specs, it'll do 850*480 @ 60Hz - thats not miles away from AE100 native resolution. ( I see 848*480 from my laptop as Wide480 on the AE100, and its absolutely brilliant). The Viewsonic is probably hidebound by NTSC standards - it says nothing about Pal.
Now, has anyone out there got one of these ?
I wonder is it possible to tweak the ProV to give 852*480 - Remote hack, internal fix ?
I use Pro v and can`t fault it....I don`t get any of the problems mentioned above or indeed any others. I never have used just mode so that doesnt bother me. I have heard of sync probs but I get no probs whatsoever???? i think it`s well worth the money.
Be very careful as I have bought one and can honestly say
it is only marginally better that a component feed into the panny
Problems I have found are:
1) Picture break up with white flashes. (Basically a lot of PS2 games and flash photography on films)
2) IT IS NO GOOD IF YOUR DVD HAS NOT BEEN MACROVISION DISABLED!!!!
3) I cannot get the colours to look as good as the native source.
ie. S-video or Component colours seem more real.
Good points are:
Very nice stable cinematic picture.
And thats about it.
Hope its been of some help.
ProV problems unless your DVD is Macrovision disabled ???
I'm passing a laptop thru the VGA connections so its not an issue, but out of curiosity I played a dvd on my PS2 which is connected via Svideo. It played no problem - blooming good quality too - not in the HCPC stakes, but you'd need to be watching very carefully for jaggies etc to find them and the colour detail is better with HCPC.
The PS2 is bog standard - no mods of any kind. Does this mean that
A; PS2 via Svideo bypasses macrovision, or
B; the problem is not with DVD/Macrovision at all - a cabling issue or RF interference perhaps ????
The macrovision problem is not apparant on all macrovision discs. I guess there must be different kinds of macrovision.
For example, I get this problem on MonsterInc R2 and Pleasantville R1 but not Oceans 11 R2 or Star Trek Res R1!
Who knows, could someone post me there colour/contrast etc
settings for their prov and panny so I can at least attempt to get something looking real and not artificial?