The best dvd player period??

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  1. KeithR

    KeithR Second Unit

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    Doesn't it have to be an HTPC...as there is no D/A conversion to output video. As such, all the scaling, processing etc is done in the digital domain.
    Question for thought....and your thoughts are welcome!
     
  2. John Kotches

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    The answer is.....
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    HTPCs are good solutions, but to label any one solution as "the best, period" is misguided.
    HTPCs and standalone players have strengths and weaknesses, and the savvy consumer weighs them to determine what's right for them!
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  3. KeithR

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    John, to clarify my question, picture-wise the HTPC should be superior, right?.....now user wise, we all know HTPCs aren't for everyone. [​IMG]
    Are you guys throwing an ATI player into the shootout???
     
  4. John Kotches

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    Keith,
    I'm sure that at least one HTPC will be part of the shootout, yes.
    I am by no means the video expert that Stacey is, but there's far more to the answer than scaling.
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  5. Scott L

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    Don't rule out home theater. The Theata DaVid II also has the capability to output digital video. It has an SDI interface for digital projectors. I hear the picture is simply amazing w/o the D/A conversion on a widescreen.
    And of course since it's a component dvd player without other doo-hickey's like a HD or vid card sharing the same power supply, it probably is much better at outputting video than a HTPC. I haven't seen it in person so I could be wrong...
     
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    Here is a link to the player:http://www.thetadigital.com/htxps_lt2.htm#david2
     
  7. KeithR

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    Thanks John,
    I can't wait to read the shootout in the next few weeks...just to let you know, I don't have an htpc--but rather an RP91. However, I am considering the htpc route for a multitude of reasons including picture quality with a projector. Unreal tournament on a 82" diag. also seems cool [​IMG]
    Cheers,
    Keith
     
  8. DanG

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    DanG,
    what was the display device?
    were you using 0 IRE Settings for the Radeon?
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    The things we own end up owning us
     
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    What shoot-out is in the works? When and where should we look for it?
    -dave
     
  11. David Ki

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    WOW, I sure hope the Panny can come that close to the ATI Radeon. I'm planning on buying the Panny next month and I just can't imagine it even comming close to the radeon. No DVD player I have tested yet has.
     
  12. DanG

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    quote: Originally posted by: John-D
    DanG, what was the display device?
    were you using 0 IRE Settings for the Radeon?
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    The display device used is a Panasonic 56" 16x9 HD-RPTV. Service mode converged for 480P, 720P and 1080i by yours truly and calibrated by Michael-TLV.
    The Radeon overlay settings were:
    Brightness = 5000
    Contrast = 10000
    Gamma = 100
    Saturation = 12800
    which I believe translates out to 0 IRE.
    The RP91 had Digital Picture mode at "N" and de-interlace mode is AUTO2. All other video settings were at default.
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    [Edited last by DanG on July 25, 2001 at 06:29 PM]
     
  13. John Kotches

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    David,
    Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity had our Second Annual benchmark weekend and the debut of DVD technology part 6 on DVD-A (with updates to other technology articles) will begin publishing in the near future.
    Our website is http://www.hometheaterhifi.comp
    We now return you to your regularly scheduled HT Forum.
    Regards,
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