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Topic # 80718 3-Apr-2011 10:24
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I've got this Blu Ray Recorder, and I think it's fantastic (except for the ice age it takes to turn off, and hence turn on again if you turn it off by accident).  However, since playing a couple of Blu Ray's recently, I can't say I noticed a huge difference between a Blu Ray movie and and DVD movie when played on this unit.  That's not to say there's no difference - sound is definitely better, and the pictures seem a little brighter.  But I can't say the pictures have leapt off the screen when playing a Blu Ray.  That made me wonder whether the unit is simply doing an amazing job of upscaling, or whether the difference between DVDs and Blu Ray is just the marginal differences like better sound, and brighter picture. 

It's useful to know whether it's the format or the player - if it's the player, then unless there's a content reason to choose the Blu Ray when buying, or the price is similar, then I guess it makes sense to keep buying DVDs.

Anyone else with this unit want to comment on its upscale abilities?

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  Reply # 454745 3-Apr-2011 10:29
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Maybe you could at least let us know what TV you have. There is a fundamental difference in  resolution that should be noticeable in my opinion.




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  Reply # 454751 3-Apr-2011 10:51
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Panasonic TH-P50V20Z.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 454780 3-Apr-2011 12:43
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The BW880's video upscaling is very good, although not quite as good as Panasonic's top-of-the-line stand alone BDP's.

Having said that, you should see a clear difference between DVD and a good BD (which will have much better picture and sound than a DVD).

If not, get your TV professionally calibrated.

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  Reply # 454909 3-Apr-2011 21:18
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Remember - not all BluRay's and DVD's are made equal...
Some BluRay's look terrible, they're simply DVD transfers and not good transfers either!



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  Reply # 454966 4-Apr-2011 08:00
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Yeah, I'd heard that. I found some reviews in Empire of films released on Blu Ray, where they rate not only the movie, but the quality of the transfer. I chose Fight Club, because I own it on DVD, and could rent the Blu Ray and compare. Empire rated it 5/5 for the transfer.

I think the suggestion of calibration is worthwhile, though I don't really want to pay for someone to do it. I've seen the calibration tool provided on some DVDs (such as the Star Wars DVDs), but it sounds like you need some special filter glasses to do it properly...

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  Reply # 454993 4-Apr-2011 09:02
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I own a calibration BluRay - and I must say, I've had better results taking other peoples settings (from AVForums) and tweaking from there to suit my panel / viewing room.
The filters are horrible - the only way to get it 100% is a professional calibrator. BUT - a calibrator disc may be a good start to get the blacks etc sorted.

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