811 - Do you like DVI or component better? (1 Viewer)

ride525

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I have my 811 (firmware 265) hooked up to a Samsung 50" DLP. I've tried looking at both component and DVI to see which I like better. Tried playing with the Samsung picture settings on each input to make them similar. Three of us seem to have a hard time picking out a favorite picture between DVI and component. My 21 year old son likes component better, but I think that is because it seems just a little brighter or more colorful at the same Samsung settings.

So, I think we basically have pretty much of a tie in our perception of picture quality from the 811 with maybe component squeezing out DVI. Which do you find better?

Thanks

Jeff
 

hancox

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Hands down, not even close, DVI. HD picture is probably a wash, but I find the SD to be night and day better on DVI, and I have a RPTV! Guess it all depends on the scalers.
 

Pb ft.

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I have a 61" Sammy and I can't tell much if any difference between DVI & Component for HD. All SD material sucks because of the dark picture issue but DVI and Component are better than S-Video for SD.
 

LoBridge

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I have a Hitachi 51S500 and think I prefer the DVI over component personally. I agree with the above posts that it impacts the SD more than the HD...
 

Stjtoday

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In using the DVI for sd picture are you not having to use the 811's stretch? I find my Mitsubishi stretch provides a better image,(ie. not frumpy), and keep going back to (ack!) svideo.
 

LoBridge

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I use the 811s strech and it works fine for me - my TV (Hitachi 51S500) may do a little better, but the trade-off in picture quality is worth it for me.
 

bigthrust

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DVI is better!

 

ride525

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I've read elsewhere that some folks have seen a big DVI improvement using a high quality (high cost) DVI cable. I'm using a $12 cable from a computer store. I wonder if that is why I don't see an improvement using DVI over component on my 811.
 

keith

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ride525 said:
I've read elsewhere that some folks have seen a big DVI improvement using a high quality (high cost) DVI cable.


The 811 is DVI-D (digital only, not analog). If the display is receiving the digital stream from the 811 without errors over your $12 cable, you could put in a triple gold plated diamond studded NASA approved $1000/foot cable and it won't make a d*mn of difference.

Question: 811 - Do you like DVI or component better?
Answer : No. Both suck.

Keith.
 

NightRyder

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ride525 said:
I've read elsewhere that some folks have seen a big DVI improvement using a high quality (high cost) DVI cable. I'm using a $12 cable from a computer store. I wonder if that is why I don't see an improvement using DVI over component on my 811.

Save your money. This is a digital signal. Your $12 cable will provide just as good a picture as their $200 one. The folk's who claim otherwise are only blowing smoke to cover the large hole in their collective wallet :smug


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Mark_AR

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DVI is just a smidge better than component.

Of course I only paid a buck for my DVI cable on ebay.. so who is complaining.... ;)
 

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