Will this work (well)?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by DanielJW, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. DanielJW

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    So I'm pretty sure I'm getting the Optoma H31 fairly soon and I'm in the process of deciding how I'm going to run it. I have a 7.1 HTIB Onkyo theater system which I've just been using in my apartment because I didn't want to spend money on components which would be at high risk of theft.

    Those are my speakers. However, I don't yet have a stand-alone CD/DVD player because I've always just used my desktop computer instead. I've since swapped my desktop for a new notebook.

    Here's the question: Can I use my notebook as my player? I could run s-video out of the notebook into my receiver, and then from the receiver to the projector (bought a 6ft and 50ft cable). I'm also currently running digital optical sound out of the notebook into the receiver.

    In any case, would the quality from this setup be all right? I guess what I'm really asking is would I notice large differences/advantages in the playback of the notebook versus that of a standalone player? At first I was thinking it might be neat for PC gaming, but then I realized that it could be ideal for DVD's as well. And it would save me at least $100 on a purchase I would not have to make.

    Thanks,

    Daniel
     
  2. John S

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    Yes, Svideo is a pretty big step down from Component Video, DVI, HDMI, VGA, ect..ect..
     
  3. Pat Frank

    Pat Frank Stunt Coordinator

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    Yeah it'll look okay but it's worth picking up even one of those cheap $40-50 players. You'll also have to drop another 30 bucks on a lengthy component cable. But you'll see a significant difference in PQ.

    Since that PJ (if I remember correctly) doesn't have the Faroudja processor, it's probably worth it to go ahead and spend around $150 for a player that does decent quality Progressive-scan output (the cheaper ones tend to show a lot more edge stair-stepping) and supports HDMI or DVI output.
     

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