I just bought a Samsung 931

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Rick_AAAAA, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Rick_AAAAA

    Rick_AAAAA Auditioning

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    I know that most people "in the know" really like the Bravo unit over the Samsung 931. However I am not in a position (living Canada) to risk ordering a DVD player through the Internet (mainly due to the fact that once it crosses the boarder the warranty is null and void).

    So I went over to my local stereo shop and spent my Christmas gift money and bought myself a Samsung 931 1080i-DVD player. This was an upgrade from my Pioneer progressive scan (540p) unit that I bought two years ago (which is now having video black out problems during playback).

    I have to say that the picture quality is great on the 1080i unit! I get good clean images and vibrant colors, even during fast action scenes.

    Now to answer the 64K question...

    Is the video quality on a DVD better with 1080i output than with 540p output?

    The answer is no not really. Although the picture is by far superior to a standard DVD player (no progressive scan). However it is really hard to see a "noticeable difference" between 1080i and a really good progressive scan player with top quality cables (which I had on my 540p unit).

    In fact both my wife and I were hard pressed to see any difference between my old 540p player and the new 1080i player even in PiP mode on our HDTV. Now I do not have a DLP monitor (my Sony KV-34XBR800 34" widescreen HDTV makes use of traditional picture tube) so if you have a newer/larger screen technology, you may see a vast improvement over 540p units... but my money is on "not really".

    Overall I have to say that I am really glad I bought this 1080i player (mainly because it freed up a composite port of my TV, which I can now use for my xbox). Plus the picture on the 1080i player is every bit as good as my old 540p player.... just not any better as far as I can see.

    I just that some of you might like to know this before you spend your money.
     
  2. AlCruz

    AlCruz Auditioning

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    i have the 931 myself and 1080i does look a lot better than 480p. but wouldn't 540p be the same as 10801?
     
  3. Mort Corey

    Mort Corey Supporting Actor

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    It's been my understanding the the DVI upscaling players really only show any significant improvement on fixed pixel displays.

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