pioneer PDP-5030

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  1. phil.b

    phil.b Auditioning

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    This is my first thread/post. My apologies if this has been directly answered before. Please cut this newbie some slack if I am therefore repetitive or not very good yet at asking my questions. Thank you kind folks in advance and please do let me know the good or (hopefully not) bad news.

    I have a PDP-5030 Plasma television (Appx. 2.4 years old) which has been terrific. It connects to a tuner with a Pioneer-specific, DVI-like cable.

    I have read of the regs from the studio not allowing for analog acess to Blu-Ray and am scared to death that I will not be able to be an early adapter to the coming player this Summer.

    My questions are:

    1. Will my PDP-5030 plasma (working with the existing Pioneer DVI like cable) be able to interface with the Blu-Ray high-Def player at all? Perhaps only with component inputs?

    2. Will I need some sort of DVI to HDMI cable replacement and/or adapter to receive the Blu-Ray High Def signal. And, is there or will there be such an item offered on the market?

    3. Will my Pioneer Plasma PDP-5030 be able to receive Blu-Ray High-Def with or without modifications?

    If there is only bad news to these questions, further advice please as to what I might do.

    Thanks again everyone!

    --Phil
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Hi Phil. Welcome to HTF!

    I believe this thread It's Official High Def DVD will be HDMI in the HT-Software High Def fourm talks a lot about this.

    It looks like you must have an HDMI interface for the things to work - much like the up-converted DVD players today must have at least a DVI input.

    I doubt there will be a 'converter box' because the entire reason for HDMI is the copy-protection - the television must constantly re-assure the DVD player that it is not making a copy.

    (I am in the same situation. My beloved Samsung DLP only has a DVI input).

    On the other hand - people have pointed out that you can get a Blu-Ray DVD player for $1300. Or wait a few months and get a Playstation 3 with a Blu-Ray DVD player built in for ~$400.

    Hang out in the HT Software fourm and the Audio/Video sources fourm to keep up with the battle. The fight is not over yet.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. phil.b

    phil.b Auditioning

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    Thanks, Bob for your kind reply. It looked like no one would give me some feedback for a while there.

    I am still hopeful that some form of cable adapter might save my $8k, 50" Pioneer Plasma investment from two years ago.

    Like most of the rest of us fairly early Plasma buyers at the time, I never dreamed that the studios would conspire to keep me out 'o watching High-Def DVD. Their "pirate fears" have nothing to do with me as a consumer; except the studios have poorly chosen to make it personal.

    Hopefully, an after-market solution will get released, thus allowing me to enjoy the Pioneer PDP-5030 in year three and beyond! Wives have a tendency to go postal when you explain that your still-almost-new Plasma investment is useless for enjoying a new format.

    --Phil
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    We call it SAF for "Spousal Acceptance Factor". [​IMG]

    I suspect you may have a few years to wait before enough HD DVD media is available before you must face the awful truth: you have to get a new TV.

    You did say you were an "early adapter" and the down-side to this is sometimes things shift and you have to replace equipment often. But then your beloved Pioneer can become the bedroom-system.
     

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