720p or 1080i?

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  1. Scott Calvert

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    Greetings.

    Purchased the Toshiba HD-A1 yesterday and have a newbie question about the resolution settings. I have the player hooked up via HDMI to my 50" Sony LCD display (KDF-somethingorother). I can't really tell a difference between 720p and 1080i but haven't really done extensive viewing. My question is, what is the ideal resolution to set this player at when connected to this TV?
     
  2. Chris Gerhard

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    The HD-A1 offers very poor 1080i>720p conversion and most are using 1080i even if connected to a 720p display. I demand you do the same since the owners of players and displays on this forum always obey my commands. You are not permitted to compare and decide for yourself.

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  3. Michael TLV

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    Greetings

    Here is my pin number ...9815 ... as you commanded ... [​IMG]

    Yup

    1080i is the preferred output on the Toshiba ... unless you get some 720p native HD DVDs at some point in the future. (They don't exist yet in this format.)

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  4. Scott Calvert

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    I've read that my display is 720p, so you guys are saying I should use 1080i out on the Toshiba anyway?
     
  5. Mark Zimmer

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    Yes. There is an addendum to the manual (you did read the manual, right?) that clearly states that you're supposed to match the output of the HD-A1 to the resolution of the disc, not the monitor. All HD-DVDs released thus far are 1080, not 720, so you should be parking it in the 1080 resolution for now.
     
  6. Scott Calvert

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    What's a manual?

    Kidding aside, that makes sense. Thanks for the replies fellas!!
     
  7. Miles

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    I'm an owner with around 10 HD-DVDs, but thousands of DVDs and wonder whether I should continue using my Oppo for SD-DVD. If I set the Toshiba to ouput 1080i for HD-DVD will it also output 1080i for SD-DVD or are there seperate settings for SD and HD DVDs? No RTFM comments please as I've been an owner for about a month, but have not even opened the box yet :-(
     
  8. Mark Zimmer

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    It should upconvert as long as you're using HDMI; it won't with component.
     
  9. Miles

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    But will it upconvert SD-DVD to 720p and keep HD-DVD at 1080i?
     
  10. TedD

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    No, it will upconvert SD to 1080I. Most people are saying that the Tosh does the upconverting better than the Oppo.

    Ted
     
  11. Chris Gerhard

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    I don't know about what most say but from reading the Secrets reviews, that is far from the case based on objective data. Subjective opinions can be all over the place, but the HD-A1 does a good job with DVD, that much seems to be apparent. I would expect the Oppo DV971H to be better with displays not subject to the macroblocking enhancement problem, but I haven't done a comparison.

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  12. Ron-P

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    Set it at 1080i.
     
  13. Miles

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    I guess the reason I wanted to scale SD-DVD to 720p is I have a 720p projector so didn't want to scale 480i/p to 1080i and then back to 720p... So maybe I'll continue to use my Oppo for DVD. I guess I'll just have to give it a try.
     
  14. Sami Kallio

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    Incorrect, kinda. It will upconvert with component as well but only if there is no CSS encryption.
     

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