Noticeable difference between component and digital connection on a LCD fp?

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  1. Chris_Matthews

    Chris_Matthews Auditioning

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    I would think the obvious answer is yes with LCD having fixed pixels, but is it a huge difference? I have a native 720p projector and viewing DVDs over component look drab (colors seem washed out) and lack detail...with the same picture settings, HDTV looks amazing with really vibrant colors and incredible detail. I ordered an upconverting player with HDMI and am hoping that the purchase will be worthwhile. Will it at least be somewhat comparable to movies over HDTV (I know it will never be able to look as good)?
     
  2. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    Have you calibrated....?

    Changes in quality with inputs usually involves differences (usually not huge) in noise. Your problem sounds bigger than that. hence my question.
     
  3. Chris_Matthews

    Chris_Matthews Auditioning

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    I calibrated with Avia. Plus I have HDTV and DVD both going through component.
     
  4. Elijah

    Elijah Supporting Actor

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    I know this is a "dumb" question, but when you calibrated did you calibrate the DVD player as well, or just the display. Most DVD players have some form of color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness adjustments for just this.

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    Sorry for the rant, this just happened to be the nearest post : )

    Let me know what you find.
     
  5. Thomas Willard

    Thomas Willard Stunt Coordinator

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    Try watching "Finding Nemo" or "Monsters, Inc." With my Panny 300 being fed by component video, the image is for all practical purposes is the same as viewing HDTV. Keep in mind my 300 does not have the resolution that your 500 does. I would venture to say that a DVI connection will not provide a great deal (or any) improvement in picture quality.
     
  6. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    To address Elijah's question, it is usually best to leave the player at default settings, or at the settings which do not clip image data (usually default). Unless your display does not have enough adjustment range to handle the output of the source properly, you may need to resort to adjusting the player, but for most cases adjust your display to match the source. Sources tend to mess with things digitally rather than just analog, so it can end up clipping values, introducing banding artifacts, etc, if you start adjusting things from default. This varies.
     

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