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Sanyo z3 / HTPC connection - noob Qs

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by mrm3, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. mrm3

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    I planned to use a HTPC to connect to a Z3 projector.
    I think this can be done using the VGA or DVI output from my gfx card.

    Which gives the best results?
    1) VGA (PC) - VGA (Projector)
    2) DVI PC) - HDMI (Projector) ...if this can be done

    DVI is better on my TFT so I am guessing the same but just wondered on anyones experience here. If option 2 how much is the cable? and is it worth it?

    Any other tips for this setup. Is the Z3 a good choice for this ?

    Sorry if answered b4. I have been reading lots.
     
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    Generally digital is better than analog and worth doing whenever possible, and yes a DVI source can feed an HDMI receiver you just need a DVI->HDMI cable or adapter if you already have a DVI cable.

    A 2m cable costs around £30 from Keene, who are a good supplier, if you use their Search feature on "HDMI" you'll find a number of cables and adapters depending on your needs.
     
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    Yes, I've had a great picture from my Z3 using a dvi-hdmi cable driven from a Radeon 9800 Pro in my PC - just remember to:
    a) select HDMI input or Auto - took me a while to realise that was why I wasn't getting a picture :suicide:
    b) reduce the overscan value to 0 or it will look a bit 'indistinct', particularly with text.
     
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    I have done this buit do not find it as rich in colour as through VGA. Any ideas?

    In fact 'indistinct' is how I would describe it. But the overscan value just meant I was missing the sides of my viewing area. Setting to 0 as you suggested sorted that but did not relaly make it more distinct !
     
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    Personally I definitely (maybe 5% better to me) prefer the HDMI image over VGA but yes VGA is a bit softer and does look good with less than perfect transfers but if you try something pixel perfect like "the incredibles" then i think you will agree HDMI is the way to go. You can change colour palette of HDMI - have you followed some of Rones posts on this account?

    Now has anyone used an S-Video cable? I have a 10m one im thinking of connecting up between a cable box and the Z3. Or i could get a Scart - VGA lead from keene I will probably end up with both but does anyone have any views? (i already have far too many unused cables so someone stop me if i need to be stopped!!!). Regards

    PS If anyone needs a DVI-HDMI adapter I still have one left in the classifieds :)
     

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