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MY TV doesn't look that good with my DVD player

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Babek, Jan 4, 2003.

  1. Babek

    Babek Stunt Coordinator

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    hey,
    Please read the story carefully.

    I have: a 57hx81 Toshiba widescreen TV
    and a SD-3750 Toshiba progressive scan DVD player

    Now, my cousin has: a 50h82 Toshiba widescreen TV
    and some Denon 5-disc dvd player( no progressive scan)

    I have the better TV than him, and maybe a better dvd player too since mine is progressive scan and his isn't. Anyway, I went to his house and his screen looks fabulous. We watched starwars and it looked like it was HD or something even though there was no progressie scan. It was amazingly clear

    I go home and pop in star wars and I just don't get the same quality as his. Is it because his screen is 7 inches smaller? Or is it his dvd player that's better? Remember mine has progressive scan and his doesn't.

    I'm not saying mine isnt clear, mine is very clear, but just not as clear as my cousins was.
     
  2. Babek

    Babek Stunt Coordinator

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    oh and both me and my cousin are using high-end component video cables.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    Have you calibrated your RPTV with Avia or Video Essential (as a minimum)?
     
  4. Babek

    Babek Stunt Coordinator

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    Have you calibrated your RPTV with Avia or Video Essential (as a minimum)?


    I have no idea what you're talking about. All I need was plug the component cables into the tv and put progressive scan on, and fixed minor brightness/contrast levels and that's all.
     
  5. Neil Joseph

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    What Patrick is referring to are calibration disks that help you peoperly set up the video controls (sharpness, picture, colour, etc) to achieve the best results short of hiring a professional calibrator to tweak the TV to tip-top shape. The disks (AVIA, Video Essentials, and others) are avilable in many stores that sell DVD's.
     
  6. Babek

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    anyone else know what i should do?
     
  7. Richard Travale

    Richard Travale Producer

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    Neil and Patrick have hit it on the head. You really should go and get the V.E or Avia disc and properly set up your TV. Until then you are probably dealing with apples and oranges when trying to compare your set to anyone else.
    I mean, C'mon, you just spent $5000+ on a TV. The least you could do is spend $80 to get it looking as good as you can get it on your own.
    Of course the other option is to just sit tight until you have about a hundred hours of viewing and the hire an ISF tech to come and fully calibrate your set. This will cost you anywhere from $500 up but it will get your set looking as good as it is capable of.

    By the way, welcome to the forum.
     
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    As was already stated, Avia/Video essentials is a must and then if you want to go all the way, get an professional ISF calibration.
     
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    >>>anyone else know what i should do?
     
  11. Hanson

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    Why don't you get your cousin to come over your place and do what he did to his set to yours?

    Also, just a thought -- does anyone know if one set does 480p versus 540p upconversion?

    Hanson
     
  12. Michael TLV

    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    Greetings

    Both units in question do 540P upconversion. The 81 does it worse than the 82.

    regards
     
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    Besides what's already been mentioned, it might also be possible for the Toshiba progressive scan player to do worse linedoubling than the Toshiba 50H82's internal doubler w/ this Star Wars DVD.

    I don't mean to suggest anything, but if this DVD is really for the original Star Wars movie, not the prequels, then it definitely can present a problem for the player that it might not for the TV's doubler.

    Anyway, assuming it's one of the prequels, then the difference in upconversion between TVs could be the culprit among other things.

    _Man_
     
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    thanks guy for your help. I will order the AVIA disc soon.

    Anyway, I'm just wondering if buying a high end dvd player ,like my cousins denon, would make a difference to picture quality?
     
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    why not bring your cousins over and see if you think it's worth it.
     
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    Why don't you try his DVD player on your TV to see if it makes any difference?

    It's most likely the TV, though.
     

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