Should I upgrade?

petrolhead

Well-known Member
Current have the HK DV25 and am very pleased with it but I remember when dabbling with HTPC how good that was thro DVI.

I am thinking about replacing with the Pioneer DV-668AV-S

This will be DVI'd to a TW100

Any thoughts
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
If it were me I'd wait till some of the newer (and likely cheaper) WM9 DVI players come out later this year. I'd also go for the 868 rather then the 668 if I did get one now due to the increased flexibility it offers with resolutions (868 can out out 720p directly whereas the 668 only outputs 480p - although with the Faroudja scaling in the pj that may not be so bad) and more picture tweak options I understand.
 

Singh

Active Member
I'm guessing he means Windows Media 9 formats; specifically HD-dvds (720p/1080p) in WMV9 format
 

buns

Banned
its the high def stuff..... you know like T2 on the extreme edition that could only be played on a pc with use of complex methods.... well the WM9 players will do it basically without the horrific pc-ness

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TheNightFly

Active Member
If you want to use DVI/HDMI from the Pioneer DVD players then I'm fairly certain that it will be HDCP encrypted and the projector will have to be HDCP compatible. The TW100 has a DVI connection but it's not HDCP compatible.

How about one of those cheap ($200) chinese DVD players with unencrypted DVI output ? There are a few models that get mentioned now and again but unfortunately the names escape me at the moment.

Allan
 

petrolhead

Well-known Member
Yes, I know the ones you mean but have heard they are not that good. Interesting point Allan that I had not concidered.

HDCP?? Whats that?
 

TheNightFly

Active Member
HDCP = High Definition Copy Protection.

All licensed manufacturers of DVD replay equipment who want to provide a digital video output are obliged to encrypt the output in an attempt to stem high quality piracy by preventing digital-to-digital copies being made. Well thats the theory anyway but it means the receiving device has to be HDCP compatible in order to un-encrypt the digital signal from the DVD player.

Allan
 

petrolhead

Well-known Member
So when using HTPC this does not use HDCP, hence their use for copying?
 

TheNightFly

Active Member
The DVI output from a PC is not HDCP encrypted which is why it has worked previously with your TW100.

As for copying, I've never made a DVD copy in my life (honest guv), but I reckon with a PC the easiest way would be to copy direct to hard-drive or DVD burner and avoid the graphics card altogether. No doubt something will come along to close that little loop-hole also.

Allan
 

petrolhead

Well-known Member
So Allan, back to enjoying my HC.

Just wish I could sort the screen out, but that's on another thread ;)
 

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