SKYWORTH REVIEW

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  1. tiberious

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    It came,I saw - I`m conquered !!

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    Packing is non existent - I opened the parcel to find a large dent in the metal housing just above the tray - not good, but after removing the housing and applying a little pressure, it was fine !!

    Build quality is laughable - it weighs about 10lbs, and while I was taking the housing off, the front of the tray dropped off !!(it clips back on-I think it`s plastic !).

    Anyhow, on a high `cos no duty/customs - I proceeded to set it up.I hooked it up via component to my HT200, shooting on to a 7ft screen.Audio was fed through a Pioneer 908 receiver.

    I had read of Y/C delay problems when using component rather than the VGA connection, but i`m happy to report no problems on my set.

    Straightforward setup menus -only took 5 mins before I was up and running - although, be aware, there is NO picture processing with this unit (no sharpness/contrast etc).

    Anyway, acid test for me was R1 Great Escape - Non anamorphic, and unwatchable on my Pioneer 626 - shimmering,jaggies galore and halo - looks worse than vhs !! - On the Skyworth - bingo !! jaggies and halo almost completely eradicated,shimmering significantly reduced and noticeable reduction in grain -I could sit and enjoy it !!

    Next up - The Thing R2.The dog running through the snow at the start always gave problems with jaggies, and the helicopter was bad (halo) - again, bingo !!SORTED !!

    By special request, I also studied chapter 15 of Gladiater - the battle of Carthage.To cut a long story short, to my eyes, the "problems" were solved - no shimmering of chainmail,no moire,good clear detail on tunics - a very small amount of jaggy on the front tier of the coliseum but all a considerable improvement on the 626.

    Only had an hour or so to play, so will give it a good run out over the weekend - any questions, or problem scenes, I`d be happy to check out if I can.

    By the way,when running the HT200 via progressive, picture processing menus are reduced (cant adjust sharpness,or y/c delay),so allied to the lack of these controls on the Skyworth, it may cause problems.Also, on some scenes the picture appeared a little "soft".

    Overall ,for £250, it looks a steal !!( find another player giving PAL progressive, and using the Faroudja chipset for de-interlacing for this price !!).
     
  2. lmccauley

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    I've just replied to the identical thread in the Progressive Scan Forum. It might make sense for people to just reply in one place?

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    mods - feel free to close !!!
     
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