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Skyworth - cautionary tail

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Gary Palmer, Jun 30, 2001.

  1. Gary Palmer

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    Well, after a week with my Skyworth I must admit to having mixed feelings.

    My sound setup is reasonably decent (Lexicon DC1,Monitor Audio, REL) and (via S-video) I love my projector (Davis DPX16).

    My existing DVD player is a well respected budget model - Toshiba 2109.

    To cut a very long story short the Toshiba is better than the Skyworth on sound and picture via S-video. The picture softness Tiberious reported causes a visible lack of detail when doing an A-B comparison.

    The DD5.1 sound also loses detail compared to the Toshiba.

    The Skyworth progressive scan RGB ouput (the VGA socket) is superb. Significantly better than my HTPC.

    I could live with the slight loss in sound quality. What kills it for me is that my projector will not sync to the VGA output of the Skyworth and the Davis projector does not have component video inputs.

    I'm screwed.

    I used the monitor from my HTPC to make sure the Skyworth is OK - excellent stable, detailed, rich and smooth images without jaggies :D

    So. The moral of the story is buyer beware. The Skyworth is excellent. My projector is not as good as I thought.

    The internet is fine for squeezing those last few quid of the price. However, buying stuff without dealer support or even seeing it is somewhat fraught with danger.

    Gordon and Chris will be nodding along sagely...

    Thankfully Tiberious and Jim_E have successful projector/Skyworth combinations so they benefit from the excellent value for money that the Skyworth represents.

    If anyone is interested in a hands-on play with a Skyworth I will bring it to Gordon's EVENT so interested parties can check it out with their projectors. Avoid my mistake !

    (by the way it needs a new home !)

    Gary
     
  2. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Garry,

    This is a bit tragic. Although you have me intruiged. If I pay for carriage would you be willing to send it to me to try direct in to a Data grade CRT from the VGA output.

    I may even buy it from you if I can get it working well enough. If I don't I'd happily send it back or onwards to its new home.

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    If anyone is interested in a hands-on play with a Skyworth I will bring it to Gordon's EVENT so interested parties can check it out with their projectors. Avoid my mistake !


    in any event, would be quite nice to see it at the event
     
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    Gary,

    Sorry to hear it hasn't worked out for you.

    I would be interested in giving it a new home.

    E-mail me the details please, I can wait if Gordon wants a look first.

    Gordon,do you think it will work well with a BD800?

    [ 01-07-2001: Message edited by: THX 1138 /THX TEX ]
     
  5. Gary Palmer

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    Gordon, THX, Metric

    Thanks for the sympathy, I must admit I was a bit gutted but for £250 it was worth the risk....

    If it's OK with you THX I will send it to Gordon so he can have a play with it before I sell it. I would also like to bring it to the event so other people get a chance to play.

    You get first shout when I sell it (for a great price !)

    I am even thinking of getting my projector checked out (still in warranty) as I do have problems with some VGA cards.. should have been ample warning I suppose.

    Gordon, please can you email me your address,

    Cheers All

    Gary
     
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    Gary, Thanks very much, you have mail

    THX, Hope to be able to confirm Skyworth will be a good combo with your BD800 once I get my hands on it. If not I know of one other prog DVD player which will.

    Gordon
     
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    Gary,

    Thanks, i'll definately take it if Gordon can confirm it will work.

    Cheers
    Phil.
     
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    I'm intrigued. Which player do you mean? (surely not at a similar price to the Skyworth?

    Ian Guinan
     
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    Yes, it costs more than a Skyworth...but it does sound alot better and I suspect it looks a lot better too.

    Can't tell you whose it is just now I'm afraid. Sorry.

    Gordon.
     
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    I know of two that will be suitable. One costs around £7k with a pro-scan card, Proceed PMDT+PVP card. No PAL yet (as far as I'm aware) though but it will convert PAL i to NTSC p.

    I suspect the otherone is also Gordon's one. Wouldn't work with my BD600 though, which was a shame.

    Am I correct G?

    Rick

    [ 01-07-2001: Message edited by: Atomic / ReTrO ]
     

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