SKY -> Panasonic, Best way?

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  1. Chris5

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    Hello Everbody!

    Can someone please clarify the best way to get sky+ into a panny 7 AND keep auto aspect ratio switching.

    I know the scartboard is a no-no. would the 'PARC209 Plasma Aspect Ratio Controller' with 'J S Technology RGB to Plasma VGA' from www.multi-region.co.uk do the job.

    As I will be getting the HDMI board (only if it works with my pioneer though) would something like a Silicon Image (DVDO) iScan HD do the job as well ?(obviouisly much more expensive though)

    thanks for you thoughts

    Chris
     
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    any answers, please!
     
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    chris

    i'm about to order the PW7 and hook the sky digibox up through an RGB to VGA converter to the plasma.......i've been told on here scart to scart is too soft.............but don't know about aspect ratios.

    i'm holding off on the HDMI board until the DVD's with HDMI are cheaper ....................and just hooking my current tosh through the free component board i'll get with the PW7..................does your DVD have HDMI connections?

    cheers, tam
     
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    yes, i have hdmi. you won't be able to automatically switch between 4:3 and widescreen modes if you use the vga connector
     
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    Hmmm....is there any way to sharpen the RGB picture in the service menu?

    I am using the JS Tech RGB2VGA converter and i am not really pleased with the result i'm getting, i don't think there anything wrong with the converter but i am starting to think i was wasting money on something that did not improve the picture that much, everyone in this forum recommends that converter before the SCART board.....

    I think a separate SCART board would have given the same results as you say it gives a soft picture, i get a very soft picture with the RGB2VGA converter anyway so.......

     
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    sounds strange because I use the JS rgb to vga and noticed immediate improvements over sync blaster I previoulsy used and picture is far sharper and not at all soft....are you using good cables with the js?
    I've seen this recommended for aspect switching:
    http://www.av-sales.co.uk/html/aspect_switcher.html
     
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    Yes i use highend cables from Supra, i've also tried other cables but the result is the same.

    When i was feeding the plasma composite it gave a much sharper picture, now it's very soft but the picture is much more stable and cleaner.

    But i can't stand the soft image i am getting.....

     
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    sounds like calibration may be the answer
     
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    I use a syncblaster cable and find the image to be as sharp as the proverbial tack!
    so if the js is meant to be so much better, i'd say there is something seriously amiss somewhere in your set up. you should be able to get pleasing results without having to blow more of your wad on a calibration.
    as the calibration master himself has said. calibration is like having your car tuned by professionals to a high standard.
    I say, you can still have a car running perfectly well tho' without having to take it to a motorsport specialist.
    you probably don't have a clue what i'm on about, but i love the comparison...

    :thumbsup: to piers.
     
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    I know people rave about the JS Tech converter with the 6 series; are there definitely people out there that get good results with the 7 series? Sometimes not every model increment is an improvement in all areas and I'm just being paranoid that Panny might have a worse performance via VGA on the 7 series vs the 6.

    I strongly suspect the above isn't true but, just to set my mind at rest before I go down the 7 series route, could some JS.Tech Scart -> VGA -> Panny 7-series users please make themselves known and confirm that they do see good results. Thanks.

    - Julian
     
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    Julian, re my post above

    I do have the PW7 and am highly impressed with the JS...as you will note I also tried the sync blaster cable and previously going via the dmr e55...teh js is by far the best result IMO
     
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    All JS or Syncblaster do is convert the composite video to sync signals. There are 2 ICs for this, the old LM1881 and the new EL4581. The EL4581 has an internal 3 pole filter so I'd guess the JS uses that since its blurb says it has 3 pole filter. No idea what the syncblaster uses but since the EL4581 is only a few quid more I don't know why anyone would use the old LM1881.

    So, neither of these boxes will do anything with the RGB signals. If the RGB is wrong the question is why? Are you driving RGB to more than one piece of kit? Is the RGB out ok?

    The other possibility is it could be the sync. That is the sync could be unstable and what you are seeing is a sharp picture juddering and looking blurred. So in the composite signal which the sync IC uses the problem. Is it being used for more than this kit? Does you scart lead have all the connections it needs and are these screened?
     
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    I've got the much maligned scart connection on my panny 42 V7
    Using RGB the picture quality is great via a dvd player but is variable using a Sky box.
    New films are fine via sky but Long shots in football where the camera on the top of the stands is in use leave the players with a definite smudge look.
    Does the JS box improve this ?
    Can the JS box handle progressive scan on component and whats the result?
    I would suggest when performing any subjective quality tests with sky make sure that the same program is being used.
     

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