Initial problems with the MALATA DVD player.....

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Just hooked up my Malata player.
    Having some initial problems.
    Using the SETUP button, I went into
    Common Users and set my TV up for
    16:9 mode. I set my AUDIO to 5.1. I left
    the VIDEO mode at the first selection (CVBS Y V CVBS).
    The problem is with the SCAN TYPE.
    Once I selected it to PROGRESSIVE, my TV totally
    whacked out. The video signal went crazy and for
    a few minutes I thought I would never be able to
    reset it -- that is until -- I read the manual and
    by pressing SUBPICTURE on the remote for
    about 5 seconds, the picture popped back into
    interlaced mode.
    I am sure I missed something, but I cannot get
    this baby to run with PROGRESSIVE output.
    Also, the video is rather dark and very grainy
    compared to my Panasonic RP91. I am sure part of
    this is the PROGRESSIVE vs. NON-PROGRESSIVE, but my
    initial thoughts are that the video is not nearly
    as good.
    One more thing to also consider....
    My Panasonic is hooked up via component video out
    (red, green blue). My Malata is hooked up with S-Video.
    I would think that this shouldn't make a HUGE
    difference, but perhaps it does.
    Appreciate the help.
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    You know what?

    I may have answered my own question (after

    talking to Chris Dugger on the phone)

    Seems that a S-Video hookup will not allow

    progressive scan output.

    I never knew this.

    Can someone please confirm?

    Thanks
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    I think that's correct, S-video is used for interlaced material.

    You're going to need to get a component video switcher if your receiver doesn't accomodate component video switching.
     
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    Right, progressive is component only; S-video will give you garbage for progressive. Get a little switcher and you're golden.

    Ron, email me and I'll send you the massive tips & tricks document of material I've culled from many newsgroup posts on the Malata. It's not in any particular order but contains lots of interesting material for getting the most out of your Malata (same goes for anyone else).
     
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    I would certainly be interested in any kind of Tips and Tricks document.

    Although this is the best my R2 PAL discs have looked, my Malata still doesn't hold a candle to the RP91 in overall picture quality.
     
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    Ron,
    S-Video does not pass a progressive signal. Component video only.
    Also I don't remember anyone ever stating that the Malata would look as good as the Panasonic RP-91. You may have expectation sthat are too high if that's what you're looking for.
    OTOH, The Malata delivers the best PAL->NTSC conversion I've seen, especially with anamorphic material. The picture is light years ahead of the Sampo or the Apex.
    Get yourself a Component video switch and you'll be fine.
     
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    VERY IMPORTANT - The Malata uses the Mediamatics Pantera chip to directly drive the video outputs, i.e. no separate buffers for the composite/S-video/component outputs. So if you want to use progressive video (which is available only from the component outs anyway), DO NOT connect any other cables to any of the other video outputs. Doing so causes the video output level to fall drastically. The Malata produces superb video - it will give the RP91 a run for the money (but you have to set it up properly).
     
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Can someone point me in the direction of

    the component switch I need?

    Really have no idea what it looks like.

    Perhaps a URL?

    Thanks
     
  10. Richard Burzynski

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    Ron:

    You can use a Radio Shack A/V switcher as a component Video Switcher as a temp fix. Each input accepts 3 RCA cables, just like component video.

    Rich B.
     
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    Ron,

    Since I don't believe you have an HD receiver yet, why don't you put the RP-91 into the colorstream 1 input on your 57HX81 and the MALATA in the colorstream 2 input. Then use the TV's input control to switch between the two.

    -Gary
     
  12. Pieter_L

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    Ron,

    i do not kow your future planned system component purchases, BUT i found the most painless way to switch multiple component video signals is via my Denon 5xxx series A/V receiver.

    No extra boxes in your system, and audio AND video is switched together with one button on your remote. painless.

    Only limitation: it has only 2 component inputs.

    PS: Some purists may claim a loss of bandwidth by going through the receiver, BUT i do not see a difference on my 9ft screen using DVD or HDTV.
     
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    Gary's solution is what I do, Ron. The added benefit of that is that you can calibrate differently for the two players (the brightness has to be set much higher for my Sony than the Malata) on these two inputs. If Toshiba hasn't changed these too much in the last year, that should just be a matter of switching from input 4 (colorstream 1) to input 5 (colorstream 2).

    The audio then goes into separate inputs on the receiver, which adds a step to the process, but since you have the Pronto setting up the macros to do this should be no big deal.
     
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