R1/R2 resolution - which is best/


Active Member
Is there a difference in ultimate picture quality between a R2 PAL DVD and a R1 NTSC DVD when played through a multi region player? I understand there is a different number of 'lines of resolution' for each but I need to know if this affects the image quality.
Any clues would be appreciated.


Squirrel God

If you are using progressive scan, then it doesn't make a (noticeable) difference.

If you are not using progressive scan, then PAL (R4 as well as R2) delivers a better image (in terms of resolution and colour), all other things being equal. Sadly, all other things are not usually equal, and the image is affected by different transfer processes - so although a PAL image will theoretically be better, in practice it might not be because the DVD may have a poor transfer making the R1 NTSC image better. However, I can always notice the scan lines on an NTSC image, but I cannot see them on a PAL image. The scan lines are more noticeable on non-anamorphic NTSC material but are still visible on anamorphic NTSC too.

Also to consider: PAL suffers from 4% speed up over NTSC (not visible/audible to me but I've never done a direct compare), but NTSC suffers from 3:2 pulldown (i.e. "jerky" panning, slighly noticeable by me, but only when I look for it).

It's complicated stuff and sadly can't be reduced to a yes/no answer. To make matters worse, when you choose to buy a DVD you also need to consider other factors such as censorship differences between regions, differences in extras, and so on. Good place to start when comparing regions is www.dvdcompare.org.uk

The latest video from AVForums

Samsung QN95B 4K QLED TV Review
Subscribe to our YouTube channel
Support AVForums with Patreon

Top Bottom