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#66173 - 06/22/05 11:59 AM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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nope notta negative
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#66174 - 06/22/05 06:25 PM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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Registered: 09/16/04
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I can tell you this about my S97 and a 104" screen. I LOVE MPEG Noise Reduction.

Like listening to a crappy mixed CD on your Axioms (you didn't notice it before, but now, with good speakers you can tell), on a good projector (not saying the Z3 is the best, but for the price...) with a large screen, you can tell the poorly transfered DVDs vs. the good ones. Just because a DVD is newer, don't assume that it is good transfer. Anyway, I've used the MPEG Noise Reduction to get rid of some graininess in some DVDs. You lose detail, but that is better than looking at a speckled image. On a good transfer, you'll never use that.

I have been using my S97 for a few months now and really like it.

One word of caution. There are a lot of settings that you can play with on the S97. I have had to reset back to factory defaults once because I had "tweaked" it too much and wasn't keeping track of the changes I was making and ended up with a lower quality image being sent to my projector. I went back to factory, and started with minor tweaks and after just a couple of minor setting changes (about 5 minutes tops) I had a better picture than anything I had gotten after hours of playing around. The big thing is that I wanted to see first hand what the settings did, got it really out of whack, but then knew what settings to change to get it paired up nicely with my projector and room.
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#66175 - 06/22/05 09:03 PM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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nick do you know by any chance what firmware yours is?
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#66176 - 06/22/05 11:59 PM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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Just got a confirmation from UPS, mine is on the way from http://www.vanns.com in Utah, should be here in a few days. I also picked up a 25' HDMI to DVI certified cable from monoprice.com on Ebay for a little over $30 + $6 shipping. I talked to about 10 people on AVS that said the monoprice cables are very very good quality and they have had no issues with long runs for front projection, just jaw dropping performance. Vanns just got a bunch in from Panny, so they should be the latest firmware. All reviews I've read have been very positive.
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#66177 - 06/23/05 12:03 AM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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You know, I don't recall what firmware it has, but I did update to the latest about 2 months ago, so if there isn't anything newer than that, then I have the latest.

The upgrade with so easy. I downloaded the file, it was an .ISO file, burned it to a cd-r, put the cd-r into the DVD player, turned on the player, and I might have had to hit play, but I don't think so. I just waited about 5 minutes, and shazam! (what a funny word) it was done.

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#66178 - 06/23/05 01:41 AM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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shazam is pretty powerful stuff watch you dont put someones eye out.
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#66179 - 07/11/05 04:26 PM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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After a ton of research I just purchased the Cambridge Audio 540D DVD player. My old DVD player was a Toshiba SD3109 which served me well, but it was on it's last legs. The new Cambridge was a huge upgrade when playing CD music. I haven't seen much of a difference in video quality, but it plays both PAL and NTSC movies. It plays DVD-A which wasn't a big deal to me as I don't own any or plan to buy any in the future.Build quality was first rate and it looks really good to boot. I can't say enough about the player as a CD player, it sounds fantastic. I had pretty much given up on CD's and listened to vinyl 99.9% of the time.

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=16&Title=Azur+540D

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#66180 - 07/12/05 11:18 AM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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Glad that your Cambridge is working out for you. I would have been a little worried since it seems like their more recent runs on this model are less than reliable, but you researched it more than I did (I just did a quick google search)...

Anyway, it should be noted that the 540D is NOT an upconverting DVD player. I just wanted to clarify that for anyone who is still following this thread.
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#66181 - 07/12/05 07:52 PM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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Hey Nick, nice to see you around. I was curious about something on the S97S. I notice in the manual it talks about aspect ratio adjustment. Have you tried this with your Z3 on your 16:9 Carada screen to help the black bars?
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#66182 - 07/15/05 12:55 AM Re: Upconverting DVD players
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Manual? What's that?




I'll have to check into it. Right now I am busy building a new arcade machine, and then vacation in a week, so I won't have time, most likely, until early August....
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