Is the quality atrocious if you use a DVD player instead of a PC to play movies?

Yahmoncool

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2005-04-26 5:47 am
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Right now my PC is out of commission - eventually I intend to do some upgrades to it to make it "HTPC-Ready" but as of now it is busted.

In the meantime if I use my old non-progressive DVD player (through S-Video input) will I get good/decent results? Its teh Pioneer DV-333, a very well-respected unit of its day.

The LCD is a Proxima +920 panel 1024x768 panel (16+ million colors).
 
is there a prog scan component output on the dvd player as opposed to the svideo?
That'd make a nice difference (far better than svideo), you wouldn't be too far off the HTPC standard then.

EDIT: I just checked the amazon specs on the Pioneer DV-333, and it says that it has component out. Might be worth rigging that up to your LCD with some kind of transcoder/adapter, or if the LCD has a direct connection that'd be great...
 
Yahmoncool said:


But like I said my computer is out of commission, so I can't do an A/B test.


OK, I'll accept that the microsoft fatal exception error blue screen looks noticeably better on a projection set through a VGA adaptor than from a DVD player. But part of my point was that, you won't see Billy Gate's blue screen of death from a DVD player, and instead of suffering a computer headache you will be watching movies. :D
 
Well a properly setup HTPC can give quite a better image, although the recent upscaling DVD players (ex. Mitsumi, if I spelled that right) can give a great image too. Also a Dvd player with a nice scaler can do a great job, and yes, rcavictim, is more reliable ;)... but less customizable!

Oh and the "blue sceen of death" never made it past Windows ME, Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/etc still have a blue screen, that displays stop errors, but unless you really like screwing around with the hardware (like sharing your morning coffee with it or what not) that blue screen wont show up.

Oh and havent heard from you in a while "rcavictim", did you manage to get that Audigy working alright? oh and did you get a scaler for your CRT?

Hehe:D

Cheers!
Alex

Oh and Yahmoncool,
Once you get your HTPC running, run your DVDs with the ffdshow filter, upscaling to 1024x768 with proper settings (hint: search google or avsforum!)
 
unless you really like screwing around with the hardware (like sharing your morning coffee with it or what not) that blue screen wont show up
Oh yes it will:D
My XP system stops from time to time, and it's pretty standard.
bTW, it's interesting to view the error log and see just how often XP crashes 'invisibly'. It's no more stable than earlier versions - just hides the evidence:mad:
 
dnsey said:

Oh yes it will:D
My XP system stops from time to time, and it's pretty standard.
bTW, it's interesting to view the error log and see just how often XP crashes 'invisibly'. It's no more stable than earlier versions - just hides the evidence:mad:

Damn, you didnt have to say that out loud and make me look stupid;)
I use Windows 2000, and never see those unless, like I said, I mess with the hardware. From the Windows XP experience that I had (i had it installed for a while, but than went to Windows 2000), it was abit less stable, much better than Windows 9x or ME, but over time, too started to develop errors. Windows 2000 is the way to go for stability as I see it.

I think you just convinced me not to switch back to XP :D

Cheers!
Alex