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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted May 02 2007 - 01:29 PM

I know this is a dumb question, but would I still be able to benefit from Blu-Ray using my current HDTV (1080i, 720p)?

And for the lack of HDMI on my current receiver, are there any Blu-Ray players with 5.1 analog outputs to enable lossless sound connectivity?

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#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted May 02 2007 - 03:32 PM

Yes!

Yes!

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P.S.: I have the Sony BDP-S1. It plays back fine on my 1080i set, and has the 5.1 discrete analog outputs to enable playback of the PCM tracks that are on some of the discs. The Sony is a rebadged Pioneer. Panasonic has a player with 7.1 outputs, and I believe they promise a firmware update that allows playback of advanced codecs.

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Posted May 03 2007 - 03:17 PM

thanks!

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted May 06 2007 - 10:05 PM

BTW, how is the image of 1080i coming from the DVD versus the amazing 1080i image coming from the TV broadcastings? With both having the same resolution, I'm hoping it'll yielf the same results.

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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted May 07 2007 - 12:54 AM

DVD only has up to 480p--it can not rank with the 1080i/p of HD-DVD or Blu-Ray Disc.

Broadcast HDTV is usually not quite as good when compared to HD-DVD or Blu-Ray Disc.

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Posted May 07 2007 - 05:25 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave_La
BTW, how is the image of 1080i coming from the DVD versus the amazing 1080i image coming from the TV broadcastings? With both having the same resolution, I'm hoping it'll yielf the same results.
As Steve pointed out, pristine Blu-ray Discs will look BETTER than HDTV broadcasts, especially those coming through digital cable/satellite sources were compression is still often an issue.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted May 07 2007 - 09:13 PM

What I meant was watching 1080i using a Blu-Ray disc from a non-1080p HDTV. So you're saying due to the compression coming from digital cable/satellite, the 1080i coming from my Blu-Ray will look better than the broadcastings.

I have the pioneer 60" plasma and the picture coming from the 1080i broadcastings is already very stunning in my opinion.

I'm trying to justify the cause of buying one.

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Posted May 26 2007 - 04:59 PM

usually over the air broadcasts use less compression than cable hd.

cable hd = worse
over-the-air broadcast hd = good
blu ray = best