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Posted: 20 Nov 2017, 00:30 

Submitted the Speed Racer: The Movie covers to Julien (and even spelled his name wrong in the email I sent him ... ugh). Told him to write me back if they weren't good enough to post on the site...

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Posted: 26 Nov 2017, 09:55 

Disclaimer: I'm no A/V export and my TV is not professionally calibrated.

I have an Onkyo TX-SR707 (about 10 years old) and a 4K Sony 70" 850B (about three years old). My player is a Sony MDP-600.

I've been reading up lately on how to optimize the picture from LD and saw similar posts about using the composite vs y/c signal from the player and letting the comb filter on the newer hardware do the work.

To date, I've had my player hooked to the Onkyo via y/c and the Onkyo upscales to my TV via HDMI.

After reading this thread, I decided to try out the composite signal to see what happened. My Sony player has dual composite outs which allowed me to connect the player directly to the TV and to the Onkyo at the same time. I was also able to use the Twin Picture function on the TV to do a true side comparison of each input simultaneously.

I was using the CAV version of Beauty and the Beast for my test since there are some night scenes with good contrast.

I did some eyeball testing for about an hour and still have more to do, but I was shocked to find that the picture output from my Onkyo to TV was extremely dark when compared to the composite signal fed right in to the TV. A lot of detail was being lost due to the brightness/contrast levels through the Onkyo and I could not seem to adjust them to make them come anywhere close to the straight composite signal upscaled by the TV itself.

The TV was using the same picture setting for both inputs.

I will post a few example frames taken with my camera straight from the TV screen using the Twin Picture option on my set. Both images are displayed on my set at the same time -- both from the two separate composite outputs of my player.

The upscaled composite output from the Onkyo is on the left (the picture surrounded by the green box) and the straight composite signal direct to the TV is on the right in each shot.

First frame: notice the detail in the sky and the castle tower. The sky is virtually black on the image coming out of the Onkyo:


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 Post subject: Re: Headphones
Posted: 05 May 2019, 17:49 

My vote: Sennheiser HD 380 Pro. I can't say I have the best ears - but to me the Senn's create a sound stage that is amazing for both music and movies.
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