Posted April 15 2006 - 12:47 PM
Actually, they are saying it's not any better then the overly compressed HDTV signals they are receiving from satellite or cable. This would seem to indicate there is either there is a problem with the masters and authoring used or there is a problem with the playback equipment. It could be that the encoders for VC-1 and mpeg4 really aren't up to the quality level that mpeg2 is as Sony has been saying.
| There is compression in the panoramic sky scenes as well as when Cruise is making his cross ocean voyage in the dark scene in the cabin...but Samurai looks pretty good otherwise. |
The colors are great, and for the most part, theres no visible compression any where else.
I would say that it looks like D-vhs, but not quite as sharp as the very best D-vhs such as X Men 2. Man on Fire and I robot....which also have no visible compression at all that I could see.
| Well, yes, some dvd's like 5th Element, The Fast and the Furious, and I'm sure others. |
What I meant mostly was brodcast HD on Directv lite.
I have fliped back and forth several times between HD-DVD and Directv HD and in almost ever case the brodcast TV looks better.
For instance, right now HDNET has Art Mann presents on , and it is MUCH better than the Serenety HD disc is.
Some are about the same.
I was expecting better quality than Directv HD quality.
Someone over at AVS directed people to an enigmatic quote from the instruction manual that came with the player.
| To achieve high definition output when playing high definition material, it is necessary to set the output resolution of the player to match the native resolution of the disc. For example, when playing a disc with a native resolution of 720p, set the player output to 720p. For a disc with native resolution of 1080i, set the player to 1080i. |
This could be indicating that the scaler in the player isn't as good as one could hope for. Since there has been confirmation that all the forthcoming software for HD-DVD has been authored in 1080p and the player cannot be set to 1080p output, the scaler may be causing quality issues. For $499 some compromises may have been necessary. It'll be interesting to see if the $799 player performs any better.
| -1080i is markedly better than 720P. This was true in the store on the 32 inch Bravia and it is true on the AE700. |
This and Thaxx's findings on the AE900 are the most bizarre to me. Unless the scaling in the A1 absolutely stinks, you should get a much better picture with 720p than 1080i. With 1080i, you are essentially getting upscaled 540p in the Panny PJs (and most other 720p PJs, for that matter).