DVD question for videophiles

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by gamera~, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. gamera~ macrumors member

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    Something bugs me a little every time I purchase a DVD...

    My parents have a home theater projector setup, with a relatively low quality NEC LCD projector (VT460 I think). I've been more or less in charge of the research and purchasing decisions of the enterprise, but I'm no expert in this kind of stuff.

    We've gone through about 4 or 5 DVD players before settling on the Harmon Kardon DVD 27, and this seemed to eliminate most of the interlacing/progessive scan quality problems that were evident with cheaper players.

    Now it seems that the limiting factor of the video quality is the projector's low contrast ratio and brightness. I've played a few HD movie trailers from Apple's site by connecting my computer to the projector, and haven't noticed a great deal of improvement from DVD... although the projector can only achieve 1024x768, not the full 720p.

    As I'm looking to purchase a projector myself sometime in the future, my question is whether I should wait for the embrace of next generation formats (Blu-Ray, ect) and save up for HDMI capable equipment, or if DVD really isn't that bad and there's no sense in spending all the extra money. In other words, is DVD a considerable limiting factor in a home theater?

    Obviously, the dvds themselves range in quality, but let's assume I'm buying the best editions/print transfers available (criterion, ect.)
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Pretty much the only thing below DVD quality is VHS quality. So, most definitely DVD is a limiting factor. The projector is a limiting factor too which is why you don't see much of a difference when you tested HD on your parents projector.

    IMO I would delay the purchase of any HD stuff for as long as possible. It's only going to get cheaper and better as time goes on and currently there aren't that many HD options (in terms of what to what on your HD set).


    Lethal
     
  3. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    I have a samsung dlp and a dvd player that upconverts dvd's from 480p to 720p / or 1080i (which ever i choose)... i have this hooked up through DVI and let me tell you... MY DVD's LOOK AMAZING;)

    Not tru HD ... but pretty darn close...


    i have over 15 HD channels with my cable provider ;)
     
  4. gamera~ thread starter macrumors member

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    Electro Funk,

    does upscaling to 720p or 1080i really improve the quality? Isn't it just blowing up a low resolution picture over more pixels?
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

    LethalWolfe

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    Bingo. But it tries it's best to do it in an aesthetically pleasing manor.


    Lethal
     

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