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I just bought the new Sony BDP-S550 Blu-Ray player & have it connected to my Sony XBR4 52''
via an HDMI cable. Here is my question. I had a older (much cheaper) Sony combo DVD/VCR player connected via component cables, my wife, son & even myself don't see a huge change in quality in the video. Am I missing something in the TV's setup to take advantage of the Blu-Ray's quality?
I have the setup on the Blu-Ray setup to Auto. Or is it that this Sony is that good?
I Thought after buying a Blu-Ray player & a Blu-Ray disc that I would be blown away!


Any Clues?


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In the BluRay players menu under video settings there should be an output resolution setting. Make sure that it is set to output 1080p. Also are you going directly to the display from the S550 Blu-Ray player via HDMI or are you passing that through a receiver?
 

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Do you have the other settings they way I mentioned?
 

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I'm at work right now. I'll have to check when I get home.

Did you see the difference on your end, in quality?


Thanks for the tips.
 

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I'm at work right now. I'll have to check when I get home.

Did you see the difference on your end, in quality?


Thanks for the tips.
It really depends on the movie, My projector is only 720p but with some movies yes there is a huge difference between the SD DVD and the BluRay version The colors really pop and the contrast is better. Considering that most new release movies are around $23 and BluRay are about $28-33 it is not always a good deal. However the uncompressed audio is a big improvement on BluRay if you have the system to hear it.
 

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A good upconverting player like the oppo 983 can rival that of Blu-ray... it is very close.

Some Blu-ray disc are better than others too, so it may be that you got a not so good one.
 

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Yup... the XA2 I had was up there with it as well... excellent upconversion IMO.

I am thinking Tony would agree... since he has it now.
 

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How far away are you from your TV? Our eyes have a limit to what resolution we can see, and most are not even close to being able to tell the difference between 720 and 1080 at 'normal' distances with a 52" screen.

The BBC did some substantial research on resolutions and visual acuity a while back, and made a pretty neat snd simple to read graph that tells you what size screen you should need for a given distance and resolution.

According to this you should be about 5 feet from your 52" to be within THX spec. A little further for the SMTP spec.

The BD vs DVD comparison is moot on a properly set up display, the difference is so huge it's beyond doupt. On less ideal setups the difference is much smaller.

http://www.carltonbale.com/2006/11/1080p-does-matter/
 

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In a normal living room with normal viewing distances (12+ feet), you may not see a dramatic difference on a 52" set. Like others have said, colors and blacks will be deeper and you will see better details, but it will not be a "blow you away" difference imo.

Now on a good 1080p front projector, you would be blown away (I know I am). It's a whole new level in every way. Especially on good transfers.
 

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The XA2 does a great job of upconversion however I disagree that that upconversion looks as good as BluRay. It is impossible to make a SD DVD look like HD no matter how hard you try. The only difference is how many lines of video there is SD DVD has only 480 and you cant make something out of nothing. As we all know HD DVD and BluRay DVDs quality varies from movie to movie but so does SD DVDs The 5th Element is a great example of this, the Superbit SD DVD version of it is still to this day one of the best transfers of the move available and looks terrible on BluRay.
Another example, I have the entire series of Lethal weapon on either BluRay or HD DVD and also have the first and third on SD DVD. The BluRay and HD DVD transfers are way better than the SD upconverted versions (I have done A/B comparisons).
I agree with the post above mine that BluRay blown up to an image larger than 60" would be far more noticeable than on a 42" display.
 

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When I finally sell my house and move, I will get a new display. It looks like a 57" diagonal 1080 LCD will give full 1920x1080 resolution goodness at a 7.5 ft viewing distance.

I used this viewing distance calculator.

Otherwise I have to sit way too close to my current 34" direct view CRT to really tell the difference between over the air ATSC broadcasts 720P (ABC, FOX, ESPN) versus 1080i (NBC, CBS, PBS).

I really appreciate 1080p downstairs sitting at the computer table with a 24" Acer LCD monitor (at a 2 ft viewing distance).
 

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Thanks to All!

I didn't have the The Sony's HDMI input setup correctly.
Now when the Blu-Ray turns on it says 1080P/24

I have three Blu-Ray movies
Get Smart
Journey to the Center of the Earth
And of all things Wall-E

I'm still not blow away, maybe it's the movies I own?
 

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None of those movies have what I call excellent image quality on BluRay. Give one of these a look the Waterhorse, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, August Rush or The Spiderwick Chronicles. All of these have very good video quality in my opinion.
 

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You know, I forgot. One of the best BluRay experiences is the "Planet earth" series. It is stunning to say the least.
 

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Listen, I have seen some excellent up converting DVD`s, but when set up properly, (TV calibrated, etc.) nothing is better than a Blu-Ray picture. Don`t want to start a debate, but with the proper codecs in place, calibration, that is it. Blu-Ray looks and sounds terrific. SD DVD`s can not match it!!
 
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