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Progressive scan??

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jake Austin, Aug 20, 2001.

  1. Jake Austin

    Jake Austin Auditioning

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    A salesman at Tweeter told me that there is no point in getting a progressive scan dvd player unless I have a Hi-def T.V. Is this true, or will I notice a difference in picture quality even on my Panasonic 27" with 3-line digital filter. I will be using the component video cables, BTW.
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  2. Roger W

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    Progressive scan DVD players can usually display 4:3 content in 480p format but the progressive mode is generally optimized for 16:9 aspect ratio diplays and, yes, most 16:9 widescreens are also HDTVs. But there are so many sets out there that your Panasonic may be capable of progressive 4:3 display (like a computer monitor). You would have to consult the manual or contact Panasonic to make sure, and if it isn't a progressive capable display you'll spend 50% less on a DVD player without the progressive scan function (actually progressive scan video doesn't look much better than interlaced on my Pioneer HDTV set).
     
  3. Ken Seeber

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    Sorry to disagree, but progressive display has nothing to do with the aspect ratio of the TV, 16:9 or otherwise.
    That said, the chances of your Panasonic 27" 4:3 TV being capable of progressive display is pretty slim. As Roger sai, you'll need to consult your TV owner's manual.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Jake! Progressive scan only works on digital TV's. They have to be able to display 480 P bare minimum. Loewe sold sets last year that were not hi-def capable but limited to 480 P. We'll proably see more such sets...? They'll be improved definition sets but not full-blown HD sets.
    On your analog TV you'd have no use for progressive scanning. You'd have to set the player to interlaced output. I know your TV is analog because the smallest digital set Panasonic makes is 32". However, if you think you'll aqquire a digital set in the lifespan of the DVD player, get one that has progressive output. I bought a JVC 723 progressive player before I had a digital set. I used it interlaced till I got my first HD monitor fairly recently. Best wishes!
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  5. Jake Austin

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    sweet, thanks for the quick replies. Well, I don't plan on upgrading my T.V. anytime soon, so I'll prolly just pick up a set of component cables and use my existing Kenwood DVD player.
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