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#340686 - 03/03/11 08:32 AM BD player picture quality differences?
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I might want to purchase a couple of BD players in the next couple of weeks for trade show disc playback.

When I bought my Panasonic a few years ago, I remember a fair amount of discussion about which version of HDMI was offered, and disc load times, and audio codec playback.

But I don't remember for the life of me as to whether or not people feel there are differences in picture quality with an HDMI output? I'm tempted to think it's like a digital output from a CD player....a 1 is a 1 and 0 is a 0.

But before I buy a couple, I thought I'd solicit opinions!
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#340690 - 03/03/11 08:49 AM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I think the biggest difference would be in PQ of upconverted DVDs. I wouldnt think anyone would be able to identify a difference in bluray players playing a bluray.
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#340691 - 03/03/11 08:54 AM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: terzaghi]
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Good point, David. I should have mentioned that these would be for HD Blu-Ray playback only...AND "sound" would be simple two-channel only.
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#340692 - 03/03/11 09:46 AM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Two channel over HDMI? Then, yeah, the player isn't going to matter.

The biggest thing you'll need to worry about is if it will be getting firmware updates in the future. But even the trouble caused by Avatar's new DRM seems to have been fixed on every player affected within a week. Though for a trade-show I'm guessing this will be home rolled video? Just make sure to test a final disc before shipping out.

The other thing is the cheapest players have longer load times. But that isn't even much of an issue any more. Plus it is load time, once it's running they all run the same.
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#340699 - 03/03/11 10:19 AM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: ClubNeon]
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quote: "...once it's running they all run the same."

you haven't heard my BR player since i changed the power cord for one that costs $(censored) and has special gauge 8 wires inside.

just simply "night and day"; i can hear and see things that no one else can...


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#340743 - 03/03/11 05:59 PM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: J. B.]
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It is a cardinal sin to use stock cables.

Yup, cables will make all the dif, especially HDMI, I have the one from Wireworld and an upgraded Devil power cord on my prepro. it dosen't get any better.

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#340744 - 03/03/11 06:03 PM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: SBrown]
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You're using a Devil cord, but it's me who is sinning? smile

Thanks for all the info, guys. Looks like cheap BD players and HDMIs from MonoPrice it is! smile
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#340753 - 03/03/11 08:39 PM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: SBrown]
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Originally Posted By: SBrown
It is a cardinal sin to use stock cables.

I don't think I want to know what church throws in with cable vendors.

Originally Posted By: SBrown
Yup, cables will make all the dif, especially HDMI, I have the one from Wireworld and an upgraded Devil power cord on my prepro. it doesn't get any better.

Ell Oh Ell. HDMI is digital. 1s and 0s. You don't need anything fancy pass all those 1s and 0s flawlessly. I hate to say it -- really, I guess I don't -- but you wasted your money on those WireWorld HDMI cables. Hopefully you got a good deal, at least. Best price I could find online is over $150 for a foot-long HDMI cable. And that's the cheapest model, too. Their top-of-the line HDMI cable is $500 for 1 foot! Ridiculous!


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#340758 - 03/03/11 08:56 PM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: pmbuko]
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I put the money I saved going Monoprice into my 'High End Binocular' fund. Now there's a place where spending extra does yield discernable differences.
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#340759 - 03/03/11 09:17 PM Re: BD player picture quality differences? [Re: Argon]
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I'm glad I can tell, don't worry guys I will post pics when it's finally done. It was the cheaper HDMI cable I went with($500)

Since I wasted all my money on upgraded Onkyo prepro and amp,I figured why not waste more on wires.

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